Robert Rose

Anyone who has raced in NASA’s Arizona Region has probably met Robert Rose at least once. Whether he’s recruited you to join the Spec Miata class, taught your HPDE course, coached or competed against you in Spec Miata or Time Trials, Rose is busier than a politician working the crowd during a NASA race weekend.
“Describe me as this crazy guy out there in Arizona with seven children who since 2013 has been on eight different teams with a bunch of different goofy team names,” Rose said with a laugh. “They’ll probably know who I am.”
Rose is a ball of energy whose passion for auto racing runs deep since he started racing in 2006 when he was the lone Mazda Miata driver in a sea of Chevrolet Corvettes. Fifteen years later, he’s still as enthusiastic as Arizona Region’s Spec Miata leader and chief recruiter.
“It’s kind of the Tom Sawyer effect, where

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Inverted Start, Tight Track

After finishing third in a 15-minute heat race, NASA Arizona Spec Miata racer Jason Griepentrog found himself at the back of the field for the second heat race, which featured an inverted field. The ensuing race was wild one on the tight east track Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, and it gave passersby on Interstate 10 a little entertainment in the process.
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New Faces, Familiar Faces and Track Records, Oh My!

After a long hiatus, NASA Arizona returned to Inde Motorsports Ranch, a private membership track nestled outside Willcox, Ariz., with a 2.75-mile, 21-turn road course. The track offers nearly a mile of cumulative straightaways as well as 200 feet of natural elevation changes combining uphill and downhill corners and straights, blind apexes, hairpins, sweepers, negative and positive-camber turns.
It’s a challenging circuit that offers several configurations, which change the racing dynamics and opportunities. NASA Arizona ran configuration No. 5, the main track configuration featuring all but one turn on Saturday, and configuration No. 4 on Sunday, the “fast” configuration, creating a fortitude-testing second straight along with a quick chute that changes the attitude of the lap. A fresh repave of the track in late 2020 also set the stage for great racing.
Spec Corvette racers joined the Super Touring 2 classes at Inde Motorsports Ranch in April.Saturday’s big bore race featured many

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