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

Spec Miata Racing Means Close Racing

Here is a double update for the SoCal SM series for 2009 season.

Round 3: April 25/26- Buttonwillow Raceway
There was an eighteen-car field for the event and the weather was perfect for racing.  At the conclusion of Saturday’s qualifying session, Grant Westmoreland (2:04.737), Tim Weaver and Jonathan Christian were at the top of the time sheets.  A great race followed, and in typical fashion top four were swapping positions back & forth until Westmoreland and J. Christian pulled a small lead to settle the winner between them.  When the checker flew J. Christian won by a mere 0.066 of a second ahead of Westmoreland, followed by Clement Lee & Jeremy Barnes.

Here is a double update for the SoCal SM series for 2009 season.

Round 3: April 25/26- Buttonwillow Raceway
There was an eighteen-car field for the event and the weather was perfect for racing.  At the conclusion of Saturday’s qualifying session, Grant Westmoreland (2:04.737), Tim Weaver and Jonathan Christian were at the top of the time sheets.  A great race followed, and in typical fashion top four were swapping positions back & forth until Westmoreland and J. Christian pulled a small lead to settle the winner between them.  When the checker flew J. Christian won by a mere 0.066 of a second ahead of Westmoreland, followed by Clement Lee & Jeremy Barnes.

Sunday saw more of the same with Jonathan Christian winning the qualifying race and thus the honors of starting in lead position for the afternoon race. Grant Westmoreland started 2nd and Austin Christian 3rd.  Within such close quarters, all hell broke loose when the green flew…  At the front, a few cars came together sending the ensuing pack every direction possible. Things quickly calmed down to a normal Spec Miata fervor, with close tight racing throughout the field.  At the finish Jonathan captured a 2nd win while Grant Westmoreland and Austin Christian filled the final two podium positions.

It has to be mentioned that Rob “Iron Man” Burgoon raced his SM in three classes during the event.  Rob raced in Performance Touring E (PTE); Spec Miata (won the Weekend-Racer.com Hard Charger Award on Sat) and also the 3hr WERC Enduro on Saturday night (finished 4th in class).  Many people were impressed by this accomplishment.

Round 4: May 23/24- Willow Springs
A solid sixteen-car field turned out for all the fun…  Saturday qualifying saw the top three spots going to the Christian boys with Jonathan (1:37.721) 1st, William II 2nd and Austin starting 3rd.  The afternoon race was epic, with the top 5 positions switching places lap-after-lap until the second to the last lap when Austin & Grant sailed off the track leaving first to third up for grabs.  At the finish stripe, Clement Lee edged Jeremy Barnes with a true photo finish whereby only the timing system could determine a 5-thousands of a second gap, followed by Jonathan Christian in 3rd.

Sunday was a convergence of two NASA’s (the race guys and the space guys)…  While there was action on the track, sonic booms from the nearby landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis surpassed the roar of engines.  The SM qualifying heat-race on Sunday was amazing with the top six cars all crossing the stripe within 1 second of each other. They were:
1.    Jonathan Christian
2.    Austin Christian (-0.001)
3.    Jeremy Barnes (-0.301)
4.    Clement Lee (-0.411)
5.    Grant Westmoreland (-0.898)
6.    William Christian II (-0.904)

With racing this close, competitors should re-examine the placement of their timing transponder.   The final points race of the weekend was just as close with tight-for-position racing allover the track…  At the checker, Austin Christian took his first win of the season by 0.183 over his brother Jonathan, pursued by Jeremy Barnes in 3rd.

Next round of incredible Spec Miata racing will take place at Buttonwillow Raceway on June 27th and 28th, where you can be assured that more close quarters battles will ensue.

CMC Round 2 at Buttonwillow

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** 30 April 2009

Dust off the helmet and warm up the motors, the SoCal CMC racing season is on!

Spring time racing fever takes hold!

The Southern California CMC drivers brought their racing prowess, and their CMC cars to Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow CA for round 2 of the first ever Southern California CMC and CMC2 racing championship.  Cool, sunny California weather was on order, making for a great weekend of V8 racing action!

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** 30 April 2009

Dust off the helmet and warm up the motors, the SoCal CMC racing season is on!

Spring time racing fever takes hold!

The Southern California CMC drivers brought their racing prowess, and their CMC cars to Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow CA for round 2 of the first ever Southern California CMC and CMC2 racing championship.  Cool, sunny California weather was on order, making for a great weekend of V8 racing action!

BUTTONWILLOW WEEKEND RACE SUMMARY:
+  2 CMC/CMC2 35 minutes races toward championship points
+  2 practice sessions and 2 qualifying sessions (15-20 minutes each)
+  6 total race group sessions with 2 hours of track time!
+  2 CMC2 cars including one rookie
+  4 CMC cars including one rookie
+  Team Hollywood sweeps the CMC pole positions
+  2 CMC2 pole position winners for the weekend – Team Schotz (Sat), and Charles Weeks (Sun)
+  Team Schotz sweeps the CMC2 weekend with 2 race wins
+  2 CMC winners for the weekend – Team Hollywood (Adam Ginsberg – Sat), and, Derek Tisinger
+  Ignition and handling problems plagued part of the CMC field

Lariviere was racing his new CMC car for it’s second time after a successful outing at Sears Point a month earlier, taking a win on it’s first ever race weekend.

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SoCal CMC’er Don Lariviere’s #13 Ford Mustang.

SATURDAY – qualifying brought some ignition trouble for Kirk Theis in his #23 TE Camaro, and consequently wasn’t able to get past a 2:10.662.  Lariviere’s #13 shows some unusual handling issues with a 2:13.973, the #76 of Tisinger got caught up in traffic putting a 2:08.835 on the clock.  Ginsberg, trying to better his lap times, went off big in the Bus Stop, creating a huge dust cloud, but still managed to put the #5 Argent Labs/Team Hollywood Mustang on pole with a 2:05.742.

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In CMC2, Team Schotz laid down a flyer, posting a 2:02.246, followed by Weeks with a 2:04.564.

SATURDAY RACE #1 – Saw the CMC and CMC2 drivers grid for an early afternoon race.  At the green, Schotz and Weeks took off and begin their battle for the checker.  Tisinger got a slightly better start than Ginsberg, took a quick lead, but lost it by T2 in traffic.  Kirk Theis still had ignition troubles, but worked hard to catch the leaders.  Lariviere fell in behind Theis, but came in a lap early.  Ginsberg stretched his lead while Tisinger got hung up when 2 cars went off in front of him.  Team Hollywood took the checker first, followed by Tisinger, Theis, and Lariviere.  In CMC2, Schotz grabbed the top spot with Weeks close behind.  Impound brought all the cars in for weight, then the race winners reported directly to the dyno for a compliance check with the 2nd place cars close by as backup.  Everyone passed with flying colors, and the finishing order was retained.

SATURDAY NIGHT – NASA SoCal hosted an evening pizza and beer bash for all the racers.  Folks worked on their cars, relaxed, and then called it a night.

SUNDAY – morning practice brought a CMC train on track as Ginsberg, Lariviere, and Joel Schotz all headed out together.

Sunday qual had Weeks putting his car on pole with a .  Theis’ TE Camaro didn’t take the track as his ignition troubles force the car onto the trailer.  Lariviere picked up time with a 2:11.172, but Tisinger had some trouble on track, posting a 2:09.486.  Ginsberg stayed consistent with his qual times from the day before, laying down a 2:05.772, only a 3 thousands difference from the day before.

SUNDAY RACE #2 – With Weeks on pole, Schotz moved into position next to his right door.  The green flew, and the V8’s CMC’ers all dove for T1.  Schotz locked his brakes up and went off, giving Weeks a chance to move ahead.  Ginsberg got a good start, but Tisinger was hot on his back bumper.  By lap 2, Ginsberg realized he had virtually no brakes, and began working hard to keep Tisinger behind him.  While in traffic, Tisinger put a pass on the #5 in a section of the track called “Talledega”, and used the traffic to get ahead.  Schotz make a successful pass on Weeks in the same spot, and took over the CMC2 lead.  The #76 got his braking point wrong, and inadvertently hit Schotz from behind, damaging the nose of his purple Mustang.  Headlights got destroyed, and his hood buckled up, blocking his vision.  The #76 pulled into the pits to remove the damaged hood, went back out but was unable to make up the deficit.  Tisinger and an overzealous Mazda got tangled, putting both into a spin, but Tisinger was quick to recover.  This allows Ginsberg to make up some ground, but without any brakes, he couldn’t capitalize on the incident.

At the checker, it was Tisinger taking his first CMC win of the 2009 season, as well as putting down FL of the weekend (2:06.739), followed by Ginsberg and Lariviere with his second podium finish of his rookie season.  Schotz took his second win of the weekend.  Everyone passed tech at impound without issue.

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CONCLUSION –  V8 racing in SoCal is well underway with a fantastic start for returning veterans and rookies alike. CMC racing will return on June 27/28 for Round 3 of the season at Buttonwillow.

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