Chuckwalla 2013 Finale

Chuckwalla 2013 Finale Recap

Snow is beginning to fall across the country. Drivers are trading summer tires for winter tires and preparing to scrape ice from their windshields. However, Arizona drivers don’t have time for that, they go racing all year long! The NASA AZ year end finale meant for cool mornings, beautiful afternoons, and of course after hour shenanigans topped by no other region. To close the year, NASA AZ drivers made the trip to Desert Center, California, home of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. The schedule was full from the usual Racing, TT, and HPDE sessions, along with a bonus endurance race and finally “Anidas” special end of the year competition.

It takes a great group of friends and family to make the organization we love a success every year. Not only do officials and drivers work hard throughout the 11 month season, but volunteers make sure to support what the drivers love to do. We want to thank everyone from corner workers, instructors, officials, participants and of course Tage and Adina for keeping this family together.

Race Group

Saturday Endurance Race

NASA Arizona ends each year with a highly anticipated endurance race. Endurance races are a treat for racers as new components become part of the strategy to winning. With supplemental rules covering driver swaps, fueling, new penalties, and mechanical failure and repair, racers must educated themselves so as not to lose precious time caused be quick oversights. Over 30 drivers qualified to race, many with co-drivers ready to step in for a stint. With pit stops required it truly became a team event as every member had a responsibility in podium finishes. The teams felt the pressure as soon as the green flag dropped. Hours of racing would eventually come down to minutes in difference determining the overall and class winners. Pit crews and co-drivers waited anxiously to step in. Time flew by as the crowd watching immediate battles on track. Tom Haacker, Bob Blizzard, and Clay Koevary pushed eachother around the first laps trading places and forcing passes. Following closely was Chris Wilson who unfortunately bowed out early due to a vibration coming around the bowl on track. With so many highlights to mention be sure to look for new coverage from drivers during the off season. Congratulations to all of the drivers who participated and everyone is looking forward to next year.

Saturday Endurance Race Results

ES

1st – Tom Haacker & Jim Slavik

E1

1st – Eric Dayton & Taylor Wilson – #Hashtag Racing

2nd – Gabe Ortega & Mervin Tan – Team LBR

3rd – David Snyder

E2

1st – Jim Richard & Erik Davis

E3

1st – Simon Pavlick & Markos Mylonas – Oooohhh Mijo Racing

2nd – Jeff Wojnar & Rob Giorgio

3rd – Shawn Meze

Sunday Sprint Race

Super Unlimited

1st – Bob Blizzard

2nd – Michael Pinholster

3rd – Ed Charnock

Super Touring 2

1st – Martin Daszkal

Super Touring 3

1st – Erik Davis

2nd – Rob Capetz

PTC

1st – Justin Markiewicz

2nd – David Snyder

PTD

1st – Jim Richard

GTS3

1st – Phil Buffington

2nd – Jeremy Renshaw

3rd – Martin Saltzman

Honda Challenge 2

1st – Tony Lisa

2nd – Team LBR

3rd – Eric Dayton

944 Spec

1st – Norm Hamden

2nd – Rob Giorgio

3rd – Kim Unger

Spec E30

1st – Allan Hauser

2nd – Kenneth Pearson

3rd – Michael Mihld

Lotus Group

Did you hear that? Listen closely. It’s a pack of Lotus’!! A special race group was set up at Chuckwalla for a great group of Lotus racecars to come out and tear up the track. Vehicles ranged from mild prep to Lotus Cup racecars. It was great to have this guest group out to complement NASA AZ at the season finale.

Lotus Group Saturday

Cup

1st – Larry Schnur

2nd – Mike Bryan

3rd – Duane Andrews

Evora

1st – Tom MacMillan

Open

1st – Andrew Kern

2nd – Greg Nitzkowski

Production

1st – Brent Bauman

2nd – Robb Bonanno

3rd – Mike Dean

2-11

1st – Scott Gibson

Lotus Group Sunday

Cup

1st – Larry Schnur

2nd – Mike Bryant

3rd – Duane Andrews

Evora

1st – Tom MacMillan

Open

1st – Andrew Kern

2nd – Greg Nitzkowski

Production

1st – Brent Bauman

2nd – Robb Bonanno

3rd – Eddie Park

2-11

1st – Scott Gibson

Time Trials Saturday

Anthony Szirka came out swinging on Saturday determined to continue his track record lineup and ran a 1:50.058 for a new class record. Chris Wilson, always perfecting his S2000 set a new TT1 record. Taylor Wilson took 1st place TT2 followed closely by David Stark. Clay Koevary running times competitive for TTU set a new TT3 record running a 1:55.711. Jeremy Renshaw followed closely behind for 2nd place TT3. No stranger to 1st place David Schotz ran a 2:01.557 in TTB. Justin Markiewicz ran a 2:05.457 for 1st Place TTC. Robert Rose won TTD with a 2:04.642. Simon Pavlick, as a warm up to the endurance race later in the day, ran a 2:14.217 for the TTE record and win.

Saturday Time Trial Results

TT-U

1st – Anthony Szirka – 1:50.058 – New Record!!

2nd – Travis Barnes – 2:12.609

TT-1

1st – Chris Willson – 1:54.412 – New Record!!

2nd – Gary Felton – 1:59.121

3rd – Russell Whelan – 1:59.429

TT-2

1st – Taylor Wilson – 2:04.506

2nd – David Stark – 2:05.441

TT-3

1st – Clay Koevary – 1:55.711 – New Record!!

2nd – Jeremy Renshaw – 1:56.902

3rd – Erik Davis – 1:58.721

TT-B

1st – David Schotz – 2:01.557

2nd – Harold Dunn – 2:06.330

3rd – Joel Schotz – 2:06.447

TT-C

1st – Justin Markiewicz – 2:05.457

2nd – Carl Vandbaschut – 2:05.514

3rd – Jeff Abrams – 2:06.819

TT-D

1st – Robert Rose – 2:04.642

2nd – Chris Ambrosio – 2:07.229

3rd – Jaryd Ronquillo – 2:08.016

TT-E

1st – Simon Pavlick – 2:14.217 – New Record!!

2nd – Paul Bloomberg – 2:20.460

Time Trials Sunday

Anthony Szirka once again took the TTU win on Sunday. Oil pump issues would prevent him from bettering his Saturday time. Chris Wilson again won TT1 with Gary Felton following just seconds behind. Russell “I pop wheels” Whelan took 3rd place TT1. David Stark stepped up his time from Saturday and ran a 2:04.328 for the TT2 record. Erik Davis narrowly edged out Jeremy Renshaw in TT3 running a 1:57.309. David Schotz took a TTB record running a 2:01.152. Jeff Abrams ran consecutive 2:04 laps setting a new record in session one with a 2:04.070. Robert Rose took 1st Place 2:03.837 and a new class record in TTD.

Time Trials Results Sunday

TT-U

1st – Anthony Szirka – 1:54.428

2nd – Travis Barnes – 2:10.340

3rd – Jim Cozzolino – 2:10.639

TT-1

1st – Chris Willson – 1:56.241

2nd – Gary Felton – 1:58.051

3rd – Russ Whelan – 1:59.356

TT-2

1st – David Stark – 2:04.328 – New Record!!

2nd – Taylor Wilson – 2:07.545

TT-3

1st – Erik Davis – 1:57.309

2nd – Jeremy Renshaw – 1:57.831

3rd – Robert Smithson – 2:01.143

TT-B

1st – Dave Schotz – 2:01.152 – New Record!!

2nd – Jason Griepentrog – 2:06.061

3rd – William Dave Evans – 2:06.755

TT-C

1st – Jeff Abrams – 2:03.781 – New Record!!

2nd – Carl Vandasschut – 2:05.152

3rd – Justin Markiewicz – 2:05.682

TT-D

1st – Robert Rose – 2:03.704 – New Record!!

2nd – Jim Richard – 2:07.415

3rd – Noz Wijaya – 2:07.936

TT-E

1st – Paul Bloomberg – 2:17.441

UMS Tuning Time Attack Series

Chuckwalla was less than friendly to our Time Attack drivers during the final event. Pushing to get the last points of the seasons drivers went all out in hopes of beating their components. Congratulations to everyone for a great season!

UMS Tuning Time Attack Results

TA-C

1st – Justin Ryan

2nd – Mert Seckin

TA-B

1st – Ravi Tomerlin

2nd – Jake Castro

TA-A

1st – Jay Ronquillo

2nd – Aaron Hiar

HPDE

Chuckwalla is the perfect track for HPDE drivers to progress their driving levels. With a great combination of elevation, varying turn styles, and new elements at no other track run within the region, drivers get a great opportunity to add new skills. Thank you to all of the HPDE drivers that came out for the final event of the season and we look forward to continuing to see the progress within the HPDE ranks.

 

“Anidas” Drag Race

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Next Event Info

Arizona Motorsports Park – November 23 – Litchfield Park, AZ

Event Details

HPDE

UMS Tuning Time Attack Series (non points)

Time Trials (non points)

Race Group (Test & Tune only)

94dB @ 50” strictly enforced

Register here –> https://www.nasaproracing.com/event/

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Credits

Written and Edited By: Taylor “Dr. Koby D” Wilson

Photos by: Stiglitz Photo

Photos by: Adina Evanson

 

INDE Motorsports Ranch October

Inde Motorsports Ranch Recap

After a long summer break NASA Arizona was back to the track in October! Always a loved track, Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Arizona was the destination and there was a great showing! The year is quickly coming to a close and with only two events left going into this competition both Time Trial and Racers showed up to earn their last minute points. Inde was also this year’s location for the annual Competition School for drivers looking to continue their advancement within the organization and move into wheel to wheel racing. With perfect race weather and amazing competition Inde was a success in every aspect!

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Competition School

Inde Motorsports Ranch was the host of the 2013 NASA AZ Annual Competition School. Comp school is a two day course instructed by Tage Evanson and Gary Felton. During this course the students participate in a number of classroom sessions, as well as on track driving not only demonstrating their knowledge of NASA rules and regulations, but also their ability to handle the wheel to wheel environment. The group was made up of drivers ranging from HPDE3 experience levels to Time Trial veterans. When the course was completed, each of the students had passed both the written and driving tests and proved they were ready to race! We look forward to seeing each of the graduates in race group next season!

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Steven Busler, Colin Elsberry, John Friesen, Kevin Gay, Tom Johnson, Nick Martin, Markos Mylonas, Jay Ronquillo, Dave Schutt, James Spadafore, Steve Williams, Taylor Wilson, and Jim Cozzolino.

Race Group

Saturday Sprint Race Results

Super Unlimited

1st – Robert Foster

2nd – Kyle Foster

3rd – Michael Pinholster

Super Touring 2

1st – Adrian Little

Super Touring 3

1st – Erik Davis

PTC

1st – Justin Markiewicz

2nd – David Snyder

PTD

1st – Barry Blyth

2nd – Jim Richard

GTS3

1st – Jeremy Renshaw

Honda Challenge 2

1st – Jason Noel

2nd – Eric Dayton

3rd – Simon Pavlick

944 Spec

1st – Rob Giorgio

2nd – Jeff Wojnar

3rd – Norm Hamden

Sunday Sprint Race

With over 2 miles of track the sprint race was a combined group featuring every power group from competition vipers to 944 spec cars! The big bore cars flew down the straight as the green flag dropped entering turn 3 four cars wide! With minimal room Chris Willson found himself taking a quick detour around turn 3 and regaining momentum with the pack. Barry Blyth had a great start to the race followed closely by Jim Richard both in the PTD class. Towards the front, running completely unique chassis vehicles, Kyle Foster, Erik Davis, and Michael Pinholster showed each of their cars strengths running closely together until Kyle Foster showed the real power of his Viper on the runway all the way to turn 3. Jason Noel initially led the Honda Challenge field with the rest of the pack following closely behind. In 944 Spec, no driver was going to hand a win over. Norm Hamden, Rob Giorgio, and Jeff Wojnar pushed each of their cars to the limit running nose to tail. Working his way through the pack Chris Willson had a rock show as Michael Papworth dropped a few tires in turn 1 but managed to hang on to it for a great save. Pushing in the Honda Challenge pack Eric Dayton was working hard to pass Jason Noel while Norm Hamden stayed between them to dice it up. Coming around turn 2 Dayton got a great run on the straight for an attempted pass. Drafting both Noel and Dayton, Mervin Tan came out of nowhere for the double pass down the straight and forced the change in turn 3. Having already made one move out on Noel, Dayton was unable to make another to block Tan in the Team LBR Civic.

Sunday Combined Sprint Race Results

Super Unlimited

1st – Robert Foster

2nd – Michael Pinholster

3rd – Kyle Foster

Super Touring 1

1st – Chris Willson

Super Touring 3

1st – Erik Davis

PTC

1st – David Snyder

2nd – Justin Markiewicz

PTD

1st – Jim Richard

2nd – Barry Blyth

GTS3

1st – Jeremy Renshaw

Honda Challenge 2

1st – Team LBR

2nd – Eric Dayton

3rd – Jason Noel

944 Spec

1st – Norm Hamden

2nd – Rob Giorgio

3rd – Jeff Wojnar

Porsche Vs Viper Video

Time Trials Saturday

Anthony Szirka has been dialing in the revamp on the UMS Racing Evo all year and has it worked or what?! Szirka pulled off a 1:37.007 on Saturday for the TT-U win. Gary Felton took the TT1 win with a 1:39.591 with Chris Willson just following with a 1:39.944 .  Taylor Wilson ran a 1:42.432 for 1st place TT2 with Justin Stevenson taking 2nd with a 1:43.157. Erik Davis ran a 1:40.319 in TT3 beating Jeremy Renshaw who closely followed with a 1:40.419. Jason Griepentrog took TTB with a 1:48.137. Jeff Abrams continued his TTC win count with a 1:47.828. Robert Rose won TTD with a 1:48.169. Nathan Welborne brought it home for TTE with a 1:52.803

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Saturday Time Trial Results

TT-U

1st – Anthony Szirka – 1:37.007

2nd – Travis Barnes – 1:47.200

3rd – Jim Cozzolino – 1:48.018

TT-1

1st – Gary Felton – 1:39.591

2nd – Chris Willson – 1:39.944

3rd – Ken Gerhart- 1:43.578

TT-2

1st – Taylor Wilson – 1:42.432

2nd – Justin Stevenson – 1:43.157

3rd – David Stark – 1:44.403

TT-3

1st – Erik Davis – 1:40.319

2nd – Jeremy Renshaw – 1:40.419

3rd – Sean Southland – 1:44.019

TT-B

1st – Jason Griepentrog – 1:47.868

2nd – Joel Schotz – 1:48.479

3rd – John Milster – 1:50.720

TT-C

1st – Jeff Abrams – 1:47.828

2nd – Justin Markiewicz – 1:49.321

3rd – Dan Zimmerman – 1:51.167

TT-D

1st – Robert Rose – 1:48.169

2nd – Chris Ambrosio – 1:49.532

3rd – Jeff Wojnar – 1:52.295

TT-E

1st – Nathan Welborne – 1:52.803

2nd – Paul Bloomberg – 1:56.732

Time Trials Sunday

As if Saturday times were not fast enough, records were picked off one at a time on Sunday. Anthony Szirka stepped it up and ran a 1:36.719 for the TTU record. Chris Willson again took TT1 with a 139.568. Taylor Wilson won TT2 with a 1:42.253. Erik Davis stole the TT3 record and win with a 1:39.132. David Schotz took a comfortable TTB win with a 1:44.263. Jeff Abrams took the TTC win by a full second and a new record with a 1:47.330. Robert Rose and Nathan Welborne also each won their respective classes once again.

Time Trials Results Sunday

TT-U

1st – Anthony Szirka – 1:36.448 – New Record!

2nd – Travis Barnes – 1:49.206

3rd – Jim Cozzolino – 1:52.160

TT-1

1st – Chris Willson – 1:39.568

2nd – Gary Felton – 1:40.571

3rd – Hunter Bennett- 1:42.833

TT-2

1st – Taylor Wilson – 1:42.253

2nd – Justin Stevenson – 1:44.452

3rd – David Stark – 1:44.573

TT-3

1st – Erik Davis – 1:39.132– New Record!

2nd – Jeremy Renshaw – 1:41.369

3rd – Adrian Little – 1:42.489

TT-B

1st – Dave Schotz – 1:44.263

2nd – Jason Griepentrog – 1:47.938

3rd – Joel Schotz – 1:49.107

TT-C

1st – Jeff Abrams – 1:47.330– New Record!

2nd – Justin Markiewicz – 1:48.344

3rd – Aaron Hiar – 1:49.798

TT-D

1st – Robert Rose – 1:47.787

2nd – Chris Ambrosio – 1:49.636

3rd – Jeff Wojnar – 1:51.085

TT-E

1st – Nathan Welborne – 1:50.856

2nd – Paul Bloomberg – 1:56.573

UMS Tuning Time Attack Series

UMS Tuning Time Attack had a small group and lots of track space making for perfect Time Attack conditions. Each competitor had ample track space to set down their best time possible. A head wind would prove inconvenient, though drivers had a great run none the less.

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UMS Tuning Time Attack Results

TA-C

1st – Taylor Wilson – 1:44.666

2nd – Russell Whelan – 1:45.496

3rd – Travis Barnes – 1:45.692

TA-B

1st – Jeff Abrams – 1:48.912

2nd – Justin Markiewicz – 1:51.134

3rd – Eric Malsack – 1:52.895

TA-A

1st – Aaron Hiar – 1:51.160

2nd – Jaryd Ronquillo – 1:52.115

3rd – Todd Hiar – 1:56.315

HPDE

We always love to see the HPDE drivers make it to the out of town events. It really shows the commitment they have to improving their driving skills and enjoying the NASA AZ atmosphere. Thanks to all of the HPDE drivers for making the trek to Inde and enjoying their track time. We look forward to watching as each of the drivers advances in the levels of NASA AZ.

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Next Event Info

2013 Finale!! Dont miss out on your chance for double points!

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway – November 2-3 – Desert Center, CA

Event Details

HPDE

UMS Tuning Time Attack Series (double points)

Time Trials (points events/double points Sunday)

Race Group (Enduro and double points Saturday)

Register here –> https://www.nasaproracing.com/event/1634

NASA-AZ Info

Join the NASA-AZ forms to check out the latest info on upcoming events, questions and answers, Etc.

www.nasaaz.com

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Credits

Written and Edited By: Taylor “Dr. Koby D” Wilson

Photos by:  Adina Evanson and Jeremy Lopeman