New West Coast FFR Director

It is our pleasure to announce that Karen Salvaggio has agreed to take on the position of FFR West Coast Director. Karen will be filling the shoes of Rick Anderson who did a fantastic job over the past few years. “It was time for a change and Karen was a wise choice. She is  always up to a challenge and extremely motivated”, said Mr. Anderson. We expect great things out of this class and look forward to seeing big fields of Factory Five Cobras.

Some factoids on Karen Salvaggio:

  • NASA member since 2002
  • 5th year in the Challenge Series
  • Endurance and Sprint racer
  • 2009 Pony Cup Champion (FFR)
  • 2009 Southern CA Champion (FFR)
  • 2009 NASA So Cal Instructor Driver of the Year
  • 25 Hours of Thunderhill: Type 65-R Coupe
  • 20 years racing experience
  • Doctorate in Education

Lets all show Karen a warm NASA welcome and tell her to get to work 🙂

Willow Springs Report

Thanks to everyone that participated in our first event on the season. We where greeted with sporadic rain showers on Saturday with some dry sessions to make it a neat day. It is not often racers get to experience the wet and the dry on the same day. Sunday was beautiful with pure track record type conditions.  Points have been updated at the “results” link

Reports from SM and HC:

SoCal Spec Miata racing from Willow Springs
The SoCal SM field was back out in great form for the season opener at Willow Springs.  Saturday’s rainy qualifying session saw Tyler Vance earning his first well-deserved pole by over half a second.  By the start of the race, the clouds had broken, bringing great track conditions for an eventful T1.  A fast start ended with a shuffle at the end of the straight, leaving Vance back several spots, and knocking Grant Westmorland and Clement Lee to the back of the field.  While William Christian built up a significant lead, Chuck Mathews and Tyler Vance engaged in a close battle, and Westmorland and Lee put their heads down and drove back up through the field.  At the line, Westmorland edged Christian out by just nine hundreths of a second, with Lee coming in third, followed by Mathews and Vance.

William Christian took the pole in Sunday’s dry conditions and also the lead at the start, which was a great example of the close but clean racing SM is known for.  Christian took the lead, chased closely by Lee and Mathews.  Westmorland remained the man to beat, pulling off his second win of the weekend, followed by Christian, Mathews, Lee, and Vance.  Spec Miata will be back March 13-14 at Auto Club Speedway with a great turnout anticipated and some exciting racing guaranteed.  See you there.

HC at Willow Springs
The Socal Honda Challenge season started off well with competitors challenging for wins in the H2 and H4 classes. In H2, the class saw two first time winners over the weekend with Greg Neuwirth taking the victory on Saturday in a rain soaked race over new comer to the series Kirk Miller and Manny Coats. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful dry race day which provided the added grip needed for some much faster laps times. In practice and qualifying, it looked like Manny Coats would have the speed to take the win, but a mechanical issue in the 3rd lap made it impossible for him to finish the race. Stephan Papadakis and Greg Neuwirth put on a great spectacle battling throughout the race passing, and then re-passing each other multiple times. In the end, Papadakis was able to pull off his first victory in H2 followed closely by Neuwirth in second with Junior Miller making up the podium spots. In the H4 class, Loren Fancy was able to pull off the win in the Saturday and Sunday races followed in second by series new comer Mark Homer whole also secured second place in the Saturday and Sunday races. John McNulty was able to bring it home in 3rd on Saturday, but another series new comer Michel Stern was able to snag the 3rd podium spot for the Sunday race.
With the February races in the books, everyone in the Socal Honda Challenge series is looking forward to Cal Speedway next month. See you there.

New SM Class leader for 2010

The Southern California chapter of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is pleased to announce that Angela Swan will be stepping in as Class Leader for the Spec Miata and Showroom Spec Miata classes. She will be taking the reigns from John Muller who served in the position this year and did a tremendous job.

Angela works in financial services and is entering her third year of racing Spec Miata.  Swan said “I am excited to carry forward the support and growth of our SoCal SM and SSM community.  Providing a fun, quality racing environment will continue to be paramount.  In 2010 I look forward to building on the fantastic growth we are experiencing as NASA and the SM and SSM classes consistently showcase some of the best examples of road racing.”

The Spec Miata class consistently fields the largest number of class entries on any given weekend and they welcome anyone who hasn’t experienced the group to get into a SM and see what it is like. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to get connected with the SM leader.

GTS Series News

As I put pen to paper or Keys to Computer, we have just come off another great weekend of racing. With one more event before Nationals at Miller Motorsports, the GTS Series, here in Sunny and sometimes down right Hot, Southern California, continues to increase in popularity.  Why shouldn’t it?

A series dedicated to German marquee’s, where one can, build a car to a specific class, modify an existing car to fall within a class, or simply crossover from another organization, and drop into a class.  This and SoCal NASA’s administrative cooperation have made my job as SoCal GTS Director a simpler task than previously anticipated. Having served as Motorsports director for other single marquee organizations and having had the opportunity to listen to many car owners and drivers, I feel that the future of the GTS Series here in Southern California is very bright.

As I put pen to paper or Keys to Computer, we have just come off another great weekend of racing. With one more event before Nationals at Miller Motorsports, the GTS Series, here in Sunny and sometimes down right Hot, Southern California, continues to increase in popularity.  Why shouldn’t it?

A series dedicated to German marquee’s, where one can, build a car to a specific class, modify an existing car to fall within a class, or simply crossover from another organization, and drop into a class.  This and SoCal NASA’s administrative cooperation have made my job as SoCal GTS Director a simpler task than previously anticipated. Having served as Motorsports director for other single marquee organizations and having had the opportunity to listen to many car owners and drivers, I feel that the future of the GTS Series here in Southern California is very bright.

While the economic situation has affected many of us, the GTS Series with NASA’s support will continue to encourage contingency prizes from major Motorsports companies, here in Southern California. Just this past weekend, after much discussion the highly anticipated participation of Yokohama Tires/Trackside Performance based in Rancho Santa Margarita, California has offered contingency tires to those competitors in  Southern and Northern California, currently running in GTS4 and GTS5. They will also introduce a competitive DOT tire very soon. Further details will follow as they are completed.  Along with Hoosier Tire’s generous contingency program to all NASA classes nationally, the GTS Series is certainly poised for success.

No success is possible without the support of you the racer.  It is your dedication and passion for this sport that sets racing aside from other sports. Aspiring F1 and NASCAR drivers we all are, or once were. Yet the professionalism and enthusiasm that is shared is what makes club racing and the GTS Series a great place to be. I would encourage all GTS competitors to follow the interesting GTS threads on the NASA forums, www.nasaforums.com. Here you will find great national discussion about proposed rule changes, a fellow racer looking for advice, or your opportunity to tell us what you like or what you may not like about the GTS. Best of all you will find that the SoCal Region is just one of many national regions, with many GTS participants that share your same passion for racing. Good Luck, and see you at the races

Sergio Nardi
SoCal GTS Director

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