Competition Ramping up for 2017 NASA Western States Championships

Top amateur racers are ready for action on Thunderhill Raceway

The fourth annual NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is racking up entries from across the country that will ensure strong competition October 6-8 at Thunderhill Raceway.
In Spec Miata, Teen Mazda Challenge racer Nick Sommers won last year’s Championships event at Buttonwillow Raceway. Obviously, Sommers is looking for a repeat. His performances this year certainly indicate that he can get it done again. His first-generation 1.6-liter Mazda Miata is well prepped and as competitive as any car in the field.
Nick Sommers
“At Thunderhill, you can be competitive in a 1.8 or a 1.6. I think the 1.6 is a little bit more competitive on the first half of the track because you’ve got to be able to carry a little bit more speed, and the 1.6 allows you to do that,” Sommers said. “But the 1.8 helps you down the


BFGoodrich, Hoosier and Maxxis Renew Contingency Programs

If you’re looking for race rubber, NASA recently announced a bevy of programs from BFGoodrich, Hoosier and Maxxis, for competitors across the NASA spectrum.
BFGoodrich will provide tires to NASA competitors participating regionally and at either NASA Championships event. The program provides tire awards to drivers in American Iron Extreme, German Touring Series, Performance Touring, Super Touring, Super Unlimited, as well as all endurance racing classes.
Hoosier will continue its contingency program, which is available to all NASA competitors beginning immediately, and includes any events that preceded this announcement for the 2017 season openers.
In other news, the 2017 Maxxis contingency program is available to all NASA competitors, now including the Western Endurance Racing Championship series, beginning immediately. New for 2017, Maxxis is extending its contingency program to all NASA Rally Sport drivers competing on the Maxxis Victra R19 rally tire.
For complete details on all tire contingency programs, visit:


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