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

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One Owner

Mike Patterson drove his 1999 Z28 from the showroom to the fabrication shop, and he’s been racing it ever since.

Owner:
Mike Patterson

Year:
1999

Make:
Chevrolet

Model:
Camaro Z28

Class:
American Iron

Weight:
3,400 lbs. w/driver

Engine:
Tremec T56 built by Dederichs Motorsports

Transmission:
Chevrolet LS1 built by HPR, Centerforce DYAD multi-disc clutch

Suspension:
Front: LG Motorsports upper/lower control arms, factory sway bar, Tractive Suspension coilovers, remote reservoir three-way adjustable, electronic.
Rear: LG Motorsports lower control arms, torque

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