GERMAN TOURING SERIES

Auto Club Speedway March 28th 29th 2009

Fast, Furious, Intense…..Just some of the words to describe Round 2 of the GTS Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Still in its infancy here in Southern California, the GTS Series has begun to show its true potential. That was evident as Porsche’s and BMW’s took to the track to face off against each other. Of the six GTS Classes available to German Sports Cars, four were represented and represented well.

Auto Club Speedway March 28th 29th 2009

Fast, Furious, Intense…..Just some of the words to describe Round 2 of the GTS Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Still in its infancy here in Southern California, the GTS Series has begun to show its true potential. That was evident as Porsche’s and BMW’s took to the track to face off against each other. Of the six GTS Classes available to German Sports Cars, four were represented and represented well.

What the GTS offers club racers is a place to race with a simple rule set. No longer are the cars penalized for modification improvements. A Dyno Sheet and Dyno Certification form is all you need to fall within a race class; www.nasagts.com has all the required forms and rules. Further, cars that do not have a Dyno Certification can run for Regional points and compete at the National event in Utah in the GTSU class.

With many of the GTS cars practicing on Friday before the event, caution was the name of the game for Saturday’s first warm-up session. However, by qualifying lap times began to fall and perfect weather gave way to quick times in all GTS classes. The BMW contingent was running strong and fast, which left some of the Porsche guy’s scratching their heads. Not to be out done the Porsche guy’s turned up the wick and by Saturday and Sunday’s race all were ready for battle.

Without going into a play by play description of the event, as SoCal GTS Director I would like to thank all of the GTS participants for their camaraderie and professionalism both on and off course. It was a pleasure and great fun; we look forward to growing the GTS and representing the SoCal GTS Region at Nationals. See you at Buttonwillow!

Sergio Nardi
SoCal GTS Director

Big Field of Spec Miatas Zoom around Willow Springs

By John Muller

Near perfect weather was on tap for round one of the NASA’s Southern California Spec Miata Championship at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosemond, CA.  Qualifying for the first time on the new Toyo R888’s found Grant Westmoreland, Austin Christian and Clement Lee starting in the top three spots.  The race was epic, with the lead changing hands at the stripe during each of the first six laps.  It was a dogfight, and despite an off track excursion which found him drifting through the outside of turn-nine, Westmoreland was able to finish 2nd behind Jonathan Christian while Clement Lee captured the 3rd podium position.

Near perfect weather was on tap for round one of the NASA’s Southern California Spec Miata Championship at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosemond, CA.  Qualifying for the first time on the new Toyo R888’s found Grant Westmoreland, Austin Christian and Clement Lee starting in the top three spots.  The race was epic, with the lead changing hands at the stripe during each of the first six laps.  It was a dogfight, and despite an off track excursion which found him drifting through the outside of turn-nine, Westmoreland was able to finish 2nd behind Jonathan Christian while Clement Lee captured the 3rd podium position.

Sunday found a little more warmth to give the track a tiny amount of grip more.  Qualifying was amazingly close with the top three cars separated by 6-tents of a second.  Top spot went to William Christian II followed by his brother Jonathan Christian and Grant Westmoreland.  A nice clean 5-wide group drove into the first turn and allowed the leaders to form a freight train and pull out a substantial gap over 6th place.  For the second race in a row Bill Nelson & Angela Swan raced each other hard, at times each trying to see just how wide a little Miata can really get.  At in the end, Jonathan Christian and Westmoreland swept the front two spots, followed by William Christian II in 3rd.

Honorable mention goes to Charles Miller who collected a spinning car in the Saturday morning practice.  The left front was bent-up and suspension mangled.  Charlie and his crew rebuilt the corner of his wounded car in time to make the Saturday race, starting all the way in the back he made-up several positions and finished 15th.  Outstanding!

There were also two first time race class drivers.  With their novice licenses in hand Jennifer Coomer & Stephen Pan got out there and mixed-it-up making-up time along the way.

Two great races to start the 2009 SoCal season and the next round will take place on March 28th & 29th at California Speedway in Fontanta, CA.

6 Hours of Buttonwillow Presented by AEM Race Summary

CORONA, CA- June 10, 2008. The SoCal Region of the National Auto Sport Association is pleased to report the successful conclusion of the 6 Hours of Buttonwillow Presented by AEM. The Mothers Car Care Products Mazda CX-9 pace car led 40 teams determined to put as many laps behind them in the first ever 6 hour endurance race out of the pits just after high noon. The Landmark Motorsports ESR entry led the field for the first half of the race with stiff competition from the ATG Racing ESR team in a very close chase. Class battles raged throughout the entire race with only one full course caution to pick up a disabled car.  The toll of endurance racing forced Prototype Development (ES), Racing for a Reason (E0), Quattro Motorsports (E1), Git It Racing (E2), and AdDynamix (E2) to the pits and out of the race when each of these teams were putting down laps that could have put them on the podium. The ATG Racing ESR took the overall lead from the Landmark ESR at one point in the battle, but needed to make a stop for a splash of fuel just 6 minutes prior to end of the race. Once in the pits, the ATG team was unable to get the car restarted after the fuel went in the tank and the Landmark Motorsports ESR was able to put in a few more laps to regain the lead and take the checker for the overall and ESR class victory. However, the ATG Racing team had put enough laps down to capture the second place position while still in pit lane when the race ended. The E0 win was captured the 2007 25 Hour winning Nitto Tire BMW of Brett Strom. The second podium spot for E0 was earned by the Effin Racing BMW separated by a scant 16 seconds from Bullet Performance in the third spot in class. The ES class winner was Pacific Power Motorsports and they were also fast enough to finish 5th overall in their Porsche. Team Pro Truck nabbed the second podium spot in ES proving the power and reliability of their stock Chevy ZZ4 crate engine. The B and B Mazda RX7 ran well for the entire race and dominated the E1 field. 2-3 Enduro Team USA put in a great showing and earned the second in class for E1.  Some of the closest racing throughout the field happens in E2 and the DivaSpeed team fought hard to take their Acura Integra to the top spot in the class. The Miata teams of RDR Miata and RJ Racing earned the 2nd and 3rd spots to round out the class. The E3 class saw the RDR Protégé the sole class entry, so they captured the class win by running consistently and steady the entire race with no penalties or failures.  After the podium ceremony the teams enjoyed a fantastic BBQ and got to enjoy the sounds of the Mike Reilly Band. This memorable event could not have been possible without the generous support of SRC Communications, Mazda, Mothers Car Care products, and especially our presenting sponsor AEM.  The next round of the Western Regional Endurance Series happens on August 9th at Willow Springs Raceway where teams will challenge each other in a 3 hour night race at the Fastest Road in the West.

2006 Season Recap

I hope everyone is having a relaxing Holiday Season and looking forward to the start of another great year of racing in SoCal. We achieved great things in 2006 and we hope to make the same strides in 2007. Looking back, we had fantastic participation in HPDE and sold out 90% of our HPDE1 groups. This is a great compliment to our cadre of excellent instructors and proves their ability to impart their wisdom to drivers that are looking forward to learning the nuances of track driving. We also had another record year in our Time Trial program and SoCal region witnessed 117 individual competitors participate in the program. In fact, 8 SoCal TT drivers earned a podium finish at our National Championship event, which was the most podium positions, claimed by any region. Congratulations to all who participated and performed so well.

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