We are excited to announce our new Spec Miata Series Director, Paul Perkins!
Paul originates from the Bay Area but has been in Arizona for the last 16 years. He has extensive experience both racing and working with motorcycles. He started racing with NASA in 2016 and has already helped form the Spec Miata into the group to watch in 2017! When he isn’t racing, he enjoys mountain biking and a Porsche or two. He is married to the lovely, Vickery. Their children are the four pawed, furry kind!
If you haven’t met Paul, find him at the next track event!
Spec Miata Drivers (left to right)
Michael Babcock, Paul Perkins, Paul Seiferth, Devin Dahn
Q: Why is it that even after I complete my provisional competition license, I still have to run four more races to remove the rookie marks and orange plate?
A: According to the Club Codes and Regulations you are required to display and orange plate and “R” decals for the first eight races. This let’s more experienced drivers know that you are a rookie. The faster driver may take that into account when deciding where to pass the rookie driver. A rookie, by definition, will have a provisional license. Once a rookie finishes four clean races and gets the four races signed off by the race director, they still have display the rookie decals and plate for four more races, even though they have received a hard-card license. Having a provisional license to give to the race director during the first four races, allows the race director a means to watch
The third annual NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is in the books, with Championship races having been run at Buttonwillow Raceway today.
Under picture perfect California weather, 75-degrees and sunny, the 250+ NASA Championship racers started the day with the national anthem. The first group took to the track at 9:40 a.m. with Spec E30 and 944 Spec starting the Championship races.
Justin Ross, pole sitter, brought the Spec E30 field to the standing start line in his No. 80 BMW. Ross had a great launch at the drop of the green, getting nearly a car length lead going into Turn 1. Ross was followed closely in the early going by No. 55 Michael Mihld. By lap three, Friday qualifying race winner Michael Shawhan moved into the runner spot in the No. 152 BMW. As Mihld and Shawhan took up the battle for second, Ross was able to