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NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires Getting Top Entries

Watkins Glen full course to host over 350+ racers

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2016) -  The third annual NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires will run at Watkins Glen International September 23-25. The event is attracting top entries.

The newly repaved 3.4-mile, 11-turn track located in upstate New York is proving to be a great draw as 350 NASA racers are expected to compete over three days in eight days.

Ray Sweers is preparing his Indiana based Dodge Viper Competition Coupe to compete in the ultra-competitive Super Unlimited Class, typically the fastest group on the NASA Championships schedule.

"This will be my fourth NASA Championship weekend," Sweers said. "Watkins Glen is a great venue for the Championships. It is a beautiful location and facility. Having qualified for the Championships at Gingerman, Mid-Ohio and Road America, I am looking forward to running The Glen's challenging and fast layout, especially with the repaving. The Super Unlimited Class attracts some crazy fast cars. I am looking forward to competing against and meeting some new people at the Championships this year." 

David Greenman will be towing his Corvette Z06 from New Jersey to The Glen to compete for top honors in the ST1 Class.

"I will be running my first NASA Championships weekend," Greenman said. "Watkins Glen is in my top three of favorite tracks. To qualify for the Championships, I ran races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, both layouts, and at Virginia International Raceway. I have a lot of miles around The Glen. I've probably had over 40 races at the upstate New York track. It is a world class track with as much or more history as virtually any U.S. road course and obviously a former F1 track."

Chris Cobetto is a seasoned NASA Championships competitor from Virginia and should be a favorite in the Spec E30 Class.

"This year will represent my 10th NASA Championship weekend," Cobetto said. "The very first time I raced at Watkins Glen was in 1998 and my first words when I came off the track were 'this is a big boy track.' The track is fast with sections that look slower than they really are and some that look faster than they really are. The blind apexes force the driver to rely heavily on visual cues for turn in and throttle timing.  Watkins Glen demands a mistake free drive. At best a small mistake keeps you from being out front. At worst a small mistake can destroy your car.  Anyone that wants to run up front at The Glen needs to have an extra helping of pancakes for breakfast."

Cobetto likes the competition in E30. "Spec E30 is FUN! However there are many ingredients to the Spec E30 cocktail that make drivers belly up to the bar. The E30 platform was great fun from BMW out of the box and adding the performance goodies made them even more fun. The cars are very reliable. It is not unheard of for a driver to build a car and race it for years doing no more than regular maintenance.  Consumables won't break the bank and for those that run out front, Toyo and Hawk have great contingency programs. In the end, it is about the racing and with whom you are racing. There is a special camaraderie and respect that exists in the Spec E30 paddock.  Spec E30 drivers race to win, but will be right there to help a competitor fix a car or drink a beer."

Cobetto thinks the race will be wide open to a number of competitors. "Spec E30 is incredibly competitive with incredibly good drivers. If a pro team were looking for talent, they would need only look to the top 10 Sunday finishers for a list of some of the United States' finest wheelmen. Past champions like Robert Grace and Sandro Espinosa pose a distinct challenge, but drivers like Stephen Harper, Chris Allen, Anthony Magagnoli, Sean Curran, Ryan Whitinger, Carter Hunt and Jason Griscavage can get it done as well. The driver's standing on the podium on Sunday will have earned the right to be there for sure."

For additional information, please contact NASA Championships Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasachampionships.com.

To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. 

 




About Toyo Tires
Toyo offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars, and luxury vehicles, as well as commercial trucks. Many of these tires are built here in the United States at our state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.

About NASA
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
 
NASA Membership
NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA Thanks Our Partners
NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:  Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, Millers Oils, and GoPro.  We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members.  We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, Injector Pulse, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Frozen Rotors, Rossini Race Engines, Spec Clutches, Sampson Racing Communications, Winding Road Racing, and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Millers Oils, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, FR.Sport, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Promotive, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School, Tire Stickers, Fuel Safe, Avis, Konig, Winding Road Racing.
 
NASA at a Glance
* NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
 
* NASA has over 14,000 members in 15 regions.
 
* Key events include the Eastern States Championships at Watkins Glen International Sept. 23-25;  NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Oct. 13-16, 2016 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 3-4 presented by Hawk Performance.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 31 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
 
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
 
* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.
 
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
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