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Napa Valley, CA – (November 13, 2015) NASA and Elan Motorsports unveiled the first production version of the new class of purpose built race cars, the NASA Prototype (NP) series at the 2015 SEMA show. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) is regarded worldwide as the leading trade show for customization and sports tuning. The products presented at SEMA to trade experts influence the entire scene and set trends.
The 2015 SEMA show which ran November 3rd to 6th proved to be the perfect venue for the NASA Prototypes debut. NASA had the opportunity to work with our good friends at Toyo Tires & HAWK Performance this year, to introduce industry insiders and show attendees to the new purpose built race cars. The HAWK Performance booth was buzzing with activity as show attendees’ walked around examining this new class of cars built by Elan Technologies. NASA representatives’ on hand to support their partners eagerly spoke to dozens of folks interested in what the NP01 had to offer.
Attendees’ were very impressed by the design and the cost effectiveness for running a vehicle that can be entered into several classes; Time Trials, Sprint, & Endurance Road Races. A point of key interest was the fact that 18 NP01’s have already been sold to date and they are already set to start racing in 2016 with the NASA NP Championship Series.
“80 people jumped in the driver’s seat, proving that even big drivers could fit. The largest was 6’5” at 325Lbs and with the pedals out at its furthest adjustment point, he fit. We even saw a former F1, CART, IRL, GrandAM, NASCAR driver stop by and comment how much he loved the car. He giggled when he was told the price and said he wanted to be involved with the project in some way.” said John Mueller NASA Strategic Marketing & Project Manager. Everyone was very impressed with the final product and asked when the next track test day would be.
The NP Series will offer something unique in all of motorsports - the opportunity to race a prototype style vehicle designed from the ground up to be fast, fun, safe, and most importantly affordable. This new series is exclusive to NASA. Drivers will be able to compete at any of the over 150 NASA sanctioned events nationwide. However, the main series will feature just 18 race weekends split into 3 areas across the country making it much easier for competitors to contend for a championship. The series will visit many of the country's greatest racing venues. The NP series will feature an innovative rules package focused on performance, affordability, cost containment, and showcasing driver ability. Lots of excitement in the crowd to get on track and race these new machines in the NASA 2016 season.
Five NASA Finalists Selected for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout
Napa Valley, CA – (November 4, 2015) – National Auto Sport Association (NASA) drivers continue to dominate the field of racers of finalist selected for this year’s 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. Five racers from NASA will be competing for the $100,000 scholarship package that supports a drive in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car.
John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports, noted: ‘The nine finalists in this shootout are all highly competitive. The fact that the judges identified nine outstanding racers, from the 23 eligible, shows the tremendous depth of talent we are working with today. Mazda is so proud to offer this prize to our grassroots racers and customers; there is simply nothing like it in the world.”
NASA drivers dominated the competition securing 5 of the 9 coveted finalist positions in the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. NASA will be represented in the competition by:
Racer Hometown Club/Series
Joshua Allan La Verne, California NASA PTD Western States Champion
Bruno Carneiro Riverton, Utah NASA Utah Region
Mark Drennan San Jose, California NASA Spec Miata Champion (East & West)
Mason Filippi Alamo, California NASA Nor-Cal West Coast Teen Mazda Challenge Champion
Eric Powell Orlando, Florida NASA Florida Region
Joshua Allan began his career in motorsports securing a position as an engineer for Ferrari’s F1 team. He got his first taste of racing jumping into the Italian Formula Ford Championship eventually moving into a vehicle development role for Maserati. His immediate goal is to win the shootout and jump start his career in pro racing to attract sponsors and move up the Mazda ladder in the road to 24 Shootout.
“The NASA racer development ladder is fundamental to building the skills of track fanatics and aspiring racers", said Joshua Allen. "Even with my experience, I chose to start in HPDE 1 and move up through each level because I knew that I would learn new concepts from experienced instructors and develop the knowledge and skills to share the track with etiquette while continuing to develop my driving skills. I subsequently became an instructor myself, which further informed and aided my development. After running Time Trials for a season I moved into racing in Performance Touring. Thanks to NASA's driver development system, I found myself racing with highly competitive and highly respectful drivers with strong awareness to race door-door while not giving an inch more ground than needed. That's the best kind of racing there is."
At just 16 years old, Bruno Carneiro is the youngest finalist in the field. He's from Riverton, Utah where he started racing karts at the age of 4. After gaining 11 years of experience amassing multiple wins and championships, he decided to make the move up to racing cars. His choice; Formula Mazda. “The natural choice was to start racing with the NASA Utah Region at my home track Miller Motorsports Park," said Bruno Carneiro. "What impressed me the most is how welcomed I was by NASA Utah. I was fortunate enough to win the championship on my rookie year and that opened a whole lot of new opportunities for me."
Mark Drennan, a native of Northern California got his
start in racing cars with NASA in 2007 at Thunderhill Raceway.
His current focus before next week's event is all about
preparation and promotion.
“Every step in my progression - from driving a computer simulator, to karts, and now to cars - allowed me to be immediately competitive at the next level and has been crucial to my development as a championship caliber driver,” said Mark Drennan. "I'm speaking with former shootout participants, series champions, driver coaches, and race engineers to gain their insights and advice. I'm also getting the word out to promote the Mazda Road to 24 program and my participation as a finalist."
Mason Filippi began automobile racing with NASA in 2014. The most important thing to him this year was good consistent finishes. Mason had 4 wins and several podiums. Being only one week out from the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, his current focus is studying the track, refining interview skills and promoting himself as well as Mazda through press releases. “NASA has a great field with talented and dedicated drivers. Mazda including the Teen Mazda Challenge champions in the Mazda Road to 24 shootout gave me the opportunity to compete for this amazing prize,” said Mason Filippi.
Eric Powell began his racing career like many others honing his skills in karting before moving into stock car racing for several years. Later deciding there were more opportunities in Road Racing, he moved into NASA. “Currently I am 100% focused on winning the shootout and building my brand. NASA has been a great place to race for the past few years. Classes such as Performance Touring really allow someone with creativity and ingenuity like myself to shine,” said Eric Powell.
The shootout will take place at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC, on November 8-10. The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.
Additional information about the Mazda Road to 24 shootout, and 2016 MX-5 Cup race car, can be found at www.mazdamotorsports.com Mazda Motorsports will be providing live social updates from the Carolina Motorsports Park event on Twitter at @mazdaracing and with hashtag #MRT24.
NASA Alum Ryan Ellis set for NASCAR SPRINT CUP Series Debut
Napa Valley, CA - (November 2, 2015) NASA competitor Ryan Ellis, 25, will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 33 for Circle Sport Racing on Nov. 15 at the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Ryan started his driving career racing quarter midgets at the young age of 4 eventually moving into INEX Legends cars. Now just 25 with over two decades of racing experience under his belt, he has arrived at the pinnacle of stock car racing. In 2006, Ryan entered the world of National Auto Sport Association (NASA) competition to begin the road racing portion of his career. He did exceptionally well winning a majority of the events he entered during the last 10 years of his NASA competition.
“NASA was an integral part of my racing development. I learned so much battling with the Spec Miata crowd out of the East that helped me get to where I am today. I made many friends racing with NASA that I still speak to quite a bit today. Winning the 2011 NASA Super Unlimited Championship with Superlite Cars was also one of the biggest highlights of my career.” – Ryan Ellis
In 2007 and into the 2008 season, Ryan campaigned a Mazda Spec Miata in NASA’s Mid Atlantic region. He finished 2nd in the inaugural Mazda Teen Challenge program, and was voted “Driver of the Year” by the NASA Mid Atlantic region. In 2009, Ryan moved to the West Coast and competed in the Southern California region of NASA, capturing the 2009 West Coast Teen Mazda Championship which secured an invitation to the finals of the Mazda Road to the 24 Shootout. Moving on, he continued to build on his racing resume showing well in various pro classes while also securing rookie of the year in the 2011 Continental Sports Car Series ST class. Ryan moved to NASCAR in 2012 amassing 49 combined starts in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Camping World Truck series’ with 21 of them in this the 2015 season.
“Ryan Ellis is a true testament to the NASA model.” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “Ryan was able to utilize the NASA system to hone his skills building upon his obvious talents in our very competitive environment along his quest toward a career in professional motorsports. If you look into NASA’s past, you’ll find a well-established history of new generation professional drivers getting their road racing start in the NASA system. We couldn’t be more proud to add Ryan Ellis to our growing list of drivers that have made their dreams come true and everyone in the NASA family wishes him continued success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”