NASA SoCal Spec E30 Championship Wraps up at Buttonwillow in October 2019

Buttonwillow Raceway Park welcomed 14 Spec E30 teams to the NASA SoCal season finale. Typical for SoCal Spec E30, it all came down to the final race for the SoCal regional championship with two-time regional second-place finisher Andrew Clark going head to head with three-time regional champion and National Championship podium finisher Steve Stepanian as they came into the weekend dead even in the points chase.
Ironically, while the two seasoned veterans duked it out for top honors, the battle for the remaining regional podium spots were fought by two relatively new drivers to the series, Forenz Arabian and Mickey Miller. The stage was set for an epic racing weekend under near perfect weather conditions.
Right from qualifying Saturday, Clark showed he was not playing around by setting a qualifying time that shattered the Spec E30 track record by almost 2 full seconds! J. P. Cadoux of the NorCal Spec E30 racers


Pioneering Effort

Dan Rose’s Z3 M Coupe was one of the first in the country to be fitted with a GM LS powerplant, and it’s one of a few in Time Trial competition.
The General Motors LS V8 architecture has been finding its way into cars from and on every continent. It tucks neatly into so many engine compartments, makes such ample power and is so abundant that there are prefabbed kits that will cross-fit an LS engine into nearly anything.

However, when NASA SoCal Time Trial driver Dan Rose was attempting to fit an LS2 6.0-liter into his Z3 M Coupe, to his knowledge, there was only one other car in the country that had the swap, and all of it was done the hard way, by trial and error, hand-selecting parts and troubleshooting problems as they developed.

Now, Rose had gone through two S52 engines in his current car before he resorted to


Chaos Theory

This particular start took half a lap to settle into race rhythm. NASA Prototype driver Chad Plavan diced through in-class and out-of-class traffic during the NASA SoCal event at Buttonwillow Raceway in June. Plavan got alongside NP01 driver Francis Hu heading into the Bus Stop, but couldn’t quite get past. When Hu tried to pass on the outside of a Porsche 911 going into the fast, sweeping Riverside turn, Plavan dived to the inside and squeaked through while not trading paint and somehow managing to keep all four wheels on track. Nice.
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Austin Edwards

With a family that grew up in the Southern California car culture, it was inevitable that Austin Edwards would be racing. Edwards’ grandfather, father, uncle and cousins all raced circle tracks and when he was only a few days old, his family brought him to the track.
“I had watched my family do it since I was born,” Edwards said. “I don’t know anyone in my family that hasn’t raced a car. It’s definitely a family thing.”
The 14-year-old Edwards hopes to make a name for himself in NASA after joining the Spec Miata class this season. The teenager has had great success climbing the ranks, but knows that learning momentum racing is the biggest challenge yet.
“Since I was 8 years old, I haven’t driven a road course, so back to turning right has been a good experience for me,” he said. “I’m learning heel-toe shifting and just every little apex on


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