Who’s Who in NASA – Tage and Adina Evanson

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Full Names: Tage Jae Evanson & Adina Evanson (pronounced “page” but with a “T”, and “Even” + “Son”)
Hometown:
(Tage) Red Bluff, California; (Adina) Glendale, Arizona
Tage’s 9-5:
Project Manager
Adina’s 9-5:
Full-Time Mom (Zaylee age 5, and Brynlee aka “B” age 3) & Bookkeeping at Ace Hardware
Tage’s NASA Title:
Regional Director
Adina’s NASA Title:
Regional Co-Director aka “The Missus”
Tage’s Favorite Food (s):
Mexican/burritos, bacon egg /cheese burritos, anything from Filiberto’s
Adina’s Favorite Food(s): Anything Mexican
Pets:
Husky named Koni (yes, as in Koni shocks)

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The Evanson's!

Adina and Tage - Bride & Groom

Track weekends usually bring us busy schedules and limited free time. However, I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the busiest people I know within NASA-AZ, Tage and Adina Evanson. I was lucky enough to have spent time with them after the January event, learning a bit more about each of their backgrounds and coming to better understand just how instrumental this dynamic duo is in making NASA-AZ a success. In lieu of a new 2011 season, I think it is appropriate to introduce to everyone Tage and Adina for this edition of Who’s Who.

Tage Jae Evanson was Korean born but grew up in Red Bluff, California with his adoptive parents…and also one of the largest two-day rodeos in the world. Yes indeed, a small community of 10,000 people suddenly endured an increase of 10,000 more visitors in one weekend. Little did his family know that he would turn into the need-for-speed racer he is today.

His competitive nature appeared relatively early. In 7th grade Tage began his passion for “going fast” on two wheels with freestyle bikes; catching curbs, rails, and ledges whenever possible. Aspiring to be a professional freestyle rider, he continued riding throughout his years in high school but ended up putting his bikes away once he began a regular 9-5 career. It should be noted, however, that given the right opportunity (a bike within reach) and a few useful elements (a make-shift ramp) Tage has been spotted catching some air in the Paddock!

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At the time when the Honda scene was growing in Arizona, it wasn’t uncommon to find Tage within close proximity. He developed an interest in car shows, specifically lowered Honda’s with loads of street modifications. He always explored things that few people, if anybody, has done before. During the “Spring Splash” car show in Parker, Arizona,Tage took 2nd place with his 92 Accord, the first street Honda to ever have a “functional” airbag suspension.

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For those unfamiliar, airbags (as they are called) are more popular in the trucking scene and often use a remote air compression mechanism. Needless to say, the car had an usual stance at the show, attracting enough attention for the noted prize.

Tage’s love for competition became evident when he discovered drag racing, which naturally led to other venues of car-related fun (including autocross) driving an Acura Integra. It was in these solo events that Tage thrived. While he hated the lack of track time that comes with autocross competition, there was always someone to compete with.autoxmain

Given his broad range of involvement with cars and motorsports, it wasn’t long before he discovered an organization that happened to be running at PIR, and decided to give it a try. Back in 1999, Tage completed his first HPDE1 event (which was then called the “Red Group”).  In fact the Chief Driving Instructor was Gary Felton (currently the NASA-AZ Compliance Director). He quickly moved up the following day into the “Green Group.” Despite his lack of experience on a road course at the time,Tage did amazingly well. However, despite his lap times dropping each session out, he gradually lost interest because there was nothing else to do but go around the track with no formal competition. With only two run groups (aside from making his car prepped for wheel-to-wheel racing), Tage returned to his first interest; autocross.

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If you are interested in reading about Tage’s first HPDE1 event, you can check it out here:
http://www.geocities.com/~turbotage/roadracing/112799/pir_112799.html

He continued his efforts in autocross, holding various positions within the SCCA Solo organization, including Worker Chief, Timing & Scoring, and eventually became the Arizona Solo Director from 2004-2005. Throughout Tage‘s solo career, he drove many… many different cars and met lots of interesting people including a fellow Solo competitor by the name of Jason Boles (more on that below).

Tage has always been competitive as proven at the SCCA Solo Nationals.  He took 5th in a C5 Z06 (owned by Darrell Covert!) out of nearly a 70 car field mostly C5 Corvettes, 2nd place in an Mitsubishi Evolution, and  2nd place in a Zink (formula car).  While he never won a Solo National title, many drivers will agree that trophying at the SCCA Nationals is difficult at best and nearly impossible to win unless you are a master, and have a little luck on your side.  His Solo driving resume doesn’t stop there. In the local Arizona auto-crossing scene Tage is known as what is called a “Car whore” and has seat time in Lotus Elise’s, BMW M3s, Mazda Miata’s, Mustangs, Vipers (one of them was owned by Mark Alger), various Porsche’s, Golf’s, and the list goes on and on.

One of the significant memories for Tage was a trip he and some friends made to Willow Springs. Intending only to run one day, Tage ventured to the track not really expecting much. To his surprise, he had a lot of fun and quickly learned that the following day had a competition planned called a “Time Attack”.  Tage fell in love with this type or racing but unfortunately “Time Attack” (similar to Solo but on a road course) competition was non-existent in AZ.  That was up until about 2006 when Jason Boles (who Tage met through auto-crossing) invited him to run the Time Attack group within NASA as the “Time Attack Director”.  Tage immediately took that opportunity and never looked back.  Fast forward to late 2008 and after some in depth discussions with Jason, Tage and Adina decided to buy the NASA-AZ organization, and formally took over NASA-AZ at the start of 2009.

Since the leadership change, Tage and Adina have worked extremely hard to revive certain aspects of the organization and offer up the best possible experience for all drivers. As with any change involving large numbers of people, leading NASA has had its own difficulties.

“Taking over was a challenge because many people didn’t know who either of us were, especially me.” said Adina. “They thought that we just got to take over and had no idea that it was a business transaction. It is hard enforcing the rules and introducing new rules, but we truly are trying to do things to make the entire experience better for all the drivers. It is completely a family affair now, since this isn’t a 9-5 gig so we have many discussions of it over dinner, late at night, first thing in the morning, etc. On top of that, we’ve had the involvement of many family members who help at the track and watch the kids!”

It is clear that it takes a lot to run NASA, more than a lot of people realize.  After all, most participants simply show up and drive, then go home, all waiting for the next event to happen again. In the mean time, the Evanson family and NASA officials get preparations started when the track goes cold and continue to work many hours along the way to ensure everything comes together as it should. As a participant within NASA, it’s clear to me that they both genuinely care about the drivers, and are endlessly committed to making the events as fun as possible. After all, Tage likes to drive out there too!

adina-megaphone1“Arizona has been through a lot of changes and transformations over the past few years. I aim to make the region a host to a series of great events.” Tage explained. “Not only do I want the best experience for our drivers, but I really do what I can to treat everyone with the same respect and give them the attention that I would want, whether a first time driver or veteran racer.”

NASA-AZ doesn’t do much marketing; in fact, nearly none at all. Attendance, reputation, and perseverance all come from happy drivers spreading the word, and in turn, inviting new and interested drivers to give it try on the race track. Because NASA-AZ embraces ideas and suggestions from its customers, officials stay well-informed and do what they can to make the best decisions possible, making future events even better than before.

As an added bonus, Tage is known to be somewhat addicted to his Crackberry, or Blackberry rather. When sending a message to NASA, this usually means you’ll be given a response rather promptly!  “I’m always answering emails.” Tage explains, “Walking from the car, heading into work, heating up leftovers for dinner, or in the men’s room taking a break, that’s at least a few minutes I can reply to a customer.”

Need I say more? While Tage obviously puts a lot of effort into NASA, he does have a 9-5 job in addition to being the Arizona Regional Director. I think it’s safe to say that this helps illustrate just how busy Tage really is day to day.

We all know Tage because of his white Honda Civic, also known as “Casper”–but don’t let the name deceive you. It’s certainly not ‘the friendly Civic’ in a competitive environment,  and is capable of turning some very mean track times. “A Honda Civic should not be that fast. But it is!” says Tage. “I love that it’s not like every other Z06 or BMW out there.”

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It’s unique edge is what makes this car not only fast, but attention-grabbing. Whether you have been racing for awhile or are new to the scene, you will more than likely notice it. Attention went in Tage’s direction again; this time at NASA National Championships at Mid-Ohio back in 2008 when Casper took flight. The picture below illustrates most of the story!

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On a very rainy day, and shortly after some brake compound and tire changes, Tage quickly headed out for a session that could mean win or loss of a championship title — it was going to be the one dry spell for the day! In brief, he came in rather hot through swift turn, zooming at over 130mph. Trying to slow the car,Tage quickly got on the brakes. Unfortunately, the rear brakes got up to temp faster than the fronts and locked up, causing the car to step out rather rapidly. Reaching a and trap, then passing said sand trap, he found himself speeding over a grassy knoll, sending the car sailing several feet in the air. During his flight, he remembered specifically the warnings given to him from fellow driver Paul Bloomberg; that he should have a cage in his car–not exactly the kind of timing you want when remembering these things.

“I thought to myself… he was right, this is it! I’m gonna die!” Tage explained humorously, leaving it obvious that in retrospect it was a little bit of a crazy moment. Today, the car is equipped with a full cage and the latest safety gear…and surprisingly enough there are a few original body panels left!

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While Tage has a long history with this white Civic, he would love to build a BMW E36 platform. However, he would have to make it equally usual to that of his current car.  As Tage says, “…It would be redunkulous!” But, that’s his style–a car that both follows the rules but absolutely pushes normalcy and the boundaries of aerodynamics.

With what little time Tage and Adina have to spare outside of NASA, the duo does spend time together, playing with the kids and their dog Koni (yes, as in Koni Shocks). Tage is also a renown, or shall I say, infamous chef!

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A winch makes turkey fry'n a cinch!

Meanwhile, Adina stays incredibly busy with her family, especially with her two adorable little girls; Zaylee age 5, and Brynlee aka “B” age 3.

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One moment, Adina has to prepare lunches for the girls. The next, she has to switch gears and come up with a beer selection for the NASA BBQ! While event preparation can be a lot to handle, there is much to enjoy when race weekend begins.

“I love watching the drivers battle it out and watching their season points so closely. It makes all the hours we put in so worthwhile when the guys (and gals) come off track with huge smiles on their faces.” explained Adina. “I also hope that maybe one day we’ll have some more tracks in our area or be able to expand a bit into other States to give the drivers more options.”

Outside of NASA, Adina can be found researching new culinary delights to make in the kitchen, playing Bunco with her “mom” friends, and indulging in a good bike ride or a hike on local trails. For those of you in the technology-loop, Adina can be spotted on Facebook on a semi-regular basis as well.

While Adina may not be a driver, she thoroughly understands what is most important to participants. After all, she has supported Tage’s racing for many years and has come to appreciate the amount of passion and energy that is invested into the sport.

In getting to know the Evanson’s, it becomes very clear that the dynamic this family has is unique. They are truly a special team that make many sacrifices for the benefit of our drivers and who invest as much time as they can into the people who support NASA. The result is a fantastic club that fosters an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone who participates.

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Article written by Geri Amani.

Beverly Heady

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Full Name: Beverly Kay Heady (aka Bev)
Hometown:
Waco, TX
Lived in Arizona:
About 5 ½ years
Favorite Food(s):
Mexican food
Favorite Music:
80’s rock music…actually pretty much anything from the 80’s, country, rock, hip-hop, “I just love music!!”
9-5 Occupation: Lead Documents Specialist in the Market Research Industry
NASA Position/Title:
Registrar

The past editions of Who’s Who had always featured one of our drivers or officials, bringing both familiar and unfamiliar faces to our attention. Most of us dash into the credential office first thing in the morning, collect a yellow envelope, a couple schedule printouts and head directly back to our cars to get started with all busyness that consumes our track weekends.  The person behind the counter who gave you that envelope would most likely be Beverly Heady, registrar extraordinaire, and our spotlight for this edition of Who’s Who.

Beverly Kay Heady, or Bev as her friends call her, has spent roughly 5 1/2 years in Arizona. As a young girl, her father moved the family all around the country as a member of the United States Air Force, which came with the territory of course. From New Mexico, Texas, Washington state, Colorado, Florida, and Missouri – her family continued their travels until her father’s retirement, settling them in Waco, Texas.  For Beverly, Waco is her hometown, as she has spent most of her life there, including her junior high and high school years. As Beverly continued to make strides in her career, she found the opportunity to relocate to Arizona, and has been a resident ever since.

Proud moments for the Heady's!

Proud moments for the Heady's!

Shortly after her move to Phoenix, she was introduced to what was known at the time as “Club Racing AZ” in November of 2005–well before the organization became NASA-AZ. Beverly was invited to come out to the track to help with registrants and the critical logistics that take place away from the racing surface. Turns out that she enjoyed working with the people at the events and has been our Registrar ever since.

Ask any driver which aspects of NASA-AZ they like best, and one of the most common responses is the camaraderie with one another. While Beverly does not drive on the track (yet), she does meet everyone who attends at one point or another, and has made great friendships along the way. “The most exciting thing is seeing the excitement from the 1st timers on Saturday mornings,” Beverly explains. “I still need to build up some courage to get out there and drive one day.” While she admits she wants to do HPDE1 in the future, she wants to make sure she does so with a car suitable for the experience.

Beverly’s schedule typically revolves around the NASA-AZ calendar, as she is very committed to her role within the organization. Her memories of racing stem back from when she was a child. Her family would venture to the track, watching her uncle race mini-indy cars, and occasionally her cousin would run in the powder puff races. “I had a ride-along with one of our members a few years ago. I loved the ride, but it also got me to think about ‘what-ifs’, if I were to actually go out on track to drive,” says Beverly. “I guess that’s the mom in me. Sometimes I over-analyze things and scare myself. Haha!”

In the time she’s been with NASA, Beverly has seen a little bit of everything over the years – but maybe with some persuasion we can see her out there behind the wheel!

Outside of NASA-AZ, Beverly admits she’s an arts and crafts junkie! Anything from beading jewelry, Christmas crafts, and scrap-booking…you name it. “I get grief quite often for the crates of “crap” I have collected over the years!” Beverly explains. For those of you who don’t know much about the creative crafts – Scrap-booking 101 – it actually takes a bit of artistic skill to create something that both looks good and survives the test of time. For many, the crafts and scrap-booking are creative outlets and a great medium that can tell stories through the use of pictures and materials. For the guys out there who thought this was TMI on this topic, I think you’d cherish a scrapbook of all your racing if one was given to you!

Blast from the Past - Beverly and (her now husband) Tony

Blast from the Past - Beverly and (her now husband) Tony

At home Beverly enjoys quality time with her husband Tony, her son Jourdan and daughter Kelci, while her eldest son Kurtis is currently attending college in Texas and lives with her parents as he finishes his degree. Also in the Heady household, there is a dog named Butterball (also known as ‘Butter’) and a cat named Cookie. No doubt these two pets are as cute as their names!

Beverly with her Son Jourdan

Beverly with her Son Jourdan

Meeting Beverly, you’ll quickly gather a kind and gentle demeanor, a person who has a lot of patience–all the traits one needs to deal with hundreds of drivers in a given weekend! She follows the same ethics as her parents, holding close the importance of being generous and maintaining one’s kindness despite difficulties that life brings you. In the words of Beverly, and words we should all keep in mind “…be happy for what you have and who you have in your life.”

For the future, Beverly plans to continue her path in her career and provide the quality work she has done for NASA-AZ. As with many of us, she too has an itch to travel outside the US. “I would like to travel some and see a bit more of the world,” she adds. “I visited London when I was younger and my Dad was stationed there. I got to see some of the old castles and the world’s history. I would love to be able to go back now that I am older. I’d probably appreciate it more.”

So while Beverly may book that ticket across The Pond, I’m sure she will be at our future races for seasons to come. In recognition for all her time, effort and care she has given NASA-AZ and it’s participants from behind the counter at ALL of our events, hats-off to Beverly Heady!

February 5-6 Wraps Up

Drivers from all over the valley and even neighboring states came to Phoenix International Raceway, as it would be our last chance to turn laps at this track.  With a great turn out in HPDE, Time Trial and Race Group, it became apparent everyone wanted to secure their chance to run PIR before the scheduled renovations commence. Sadly, recent news has revealed that the scope of the NASCAR renovations will far exceed just infield improvements and oval repaving. The road course we all know and love will unfortunately be unusable going forward.

Everyone's bundled up for this drivers meeting.

Everyone's bundled up for this drivers meeting.

While we did not know that this would be our last event at PIR, NASA-AZ brought us a full schedule of our regular run groups, UMS Tuning Time Attack and also included Trial By Fire Drift practice for all of our participants who love to drive sideways!

Drift Sessions in Full Effect!

Trial By Fire Drift practice... in full effect!

I want to especially congratulate everyone who stayed for the entire weekend, consequently causing many of you to miss Super Bowl Sunday kickoff. Biased as I might be, I much enjoyed seeing where all of your priorities are – racing is (arguably) numero uno!

BBQ Delights
Yet again, (and I can’t say this enough) the food was amazing and the beers were plentiful for all participants – refreshing as can be after a long day of driving. For those of you who are new to NASA, stick around after the event and mingle with some of our long time members. It’s a great social setting that allows you to get to know your fellow drivers without the hustle and bustle of hot-track hours. Special thanks goes out to everyone who made this another successful BBQ!

Cash Pro-Payouts
Judging from the turnout in race group, it appears the cash payouts are working to bring more drivers out and register for racing. There is still a chance that you could walk away with a trophy AND cash! For details visit the NASA-AZ forum (http://forums.www.nasaaz.com/showthread.php?t=4472).

Teen Safety Driving School
Long time racer, volunteer and instructor Norman Hamden has put together a great program to help keep teens safer on the road. This defensive driving school for teens is designed for any beginner-level driver; pre-learners permit and permit holders. Teaming up with Arizona Motorsports Park, NASA will aid the first steps in bringing together the first class at AMP, taking place Saturday February 12th (register online: https://www.nasaproracing.com/event/1232).

Schedule Announcement
For all of you who missed out on running HPDE and TT at Arizona Motorsports Park, here’s your chance to participate. Details are still in the works, so keep your eyes and ears peeled as NASA makes final arrangements to bring us to this amazing track Saturday March 19th.

Without PIR?

Unfortunately it’s true that we will lose one of our beloved tracks in this region, Phoenix International Raceway. However, in response NASA-AZ leadership is being very proactive in keeping our event schedule busier than ever, bringing events around the Southwest and in reasonable distances to/from the Phoenix area. With tracks such as Inde Motorsports Ranch, AMP (get those mufflers ready!), and Chuckwalla we have some viable options that will not only bring diversity to where we drive but how we drive–adding to the database of corners and apexes in our brains no doubt!

Racing for Dylan Levy
It should be also noted that UMS Time Attackers are out supporting a good cause. A charity fund raiser for Dylan Levy–the son of Noah Levy of LIC Motorsports–who will have to undergo a liver transplant due to a serious condition known as Biliary Atresia.  The 2011 UMS Tuning Time Attack plates will read “Racing for Dylan Levy“,  dedicating the 2011 TA series to young Dylan.

We encourage you to tell your friends and fellow car enthusiasts in effort to raise money, either by donating or simply buying a set of number plates. All money raised will go directly into an account for Dylan.

Dylan’s Story:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dylanwlevy/mystory

Noah and Amber’s Journal (Parents):
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dylanwlevy/journal

How to Obtain your Number Plates:
http://forums.www.nasaaz.com/showthread.php?t=4564

Direct Donations:
http://dylanwlevy.weebly.com/index.html

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Race Group

The second NASA-AZ event of the year brought us some good racing in both Big Bore and Small Bore run groups. With 16-cars in Small Bore and 23-cars in Big Bore, there was a little something for everyone who attended with some new track records being set.
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Tage Evanson - Before Setting "Casper" Loose on the Track

Tage Evanson - before setting "Casper" loose on the track


Big Bore

Saturday’s fastest laps in Race Group were turned in Qualifying, with Rich Marziale, Brent Crosser, and Manuel Gil del Real all running sub-1:04 in SU trim. In the race, CV Wells turned a well sorted lap and set the ST-2 track record with 1:05.631. SU competitors also got in some fast laps throughout the race, with the top 8 turning in sub-1:05 best times. At the end of the race, Ritch Marziale took the win, followed by Manuel Gil del Real and Mark Alger. In ST-1, Chad Nelson was the only car in his class but found a way to dice it up with some of the SU cars. In ST-2, however, there were a few more in the field (the largest turn out in Big Bore) with 11 racers total. First racer to cross the finish line was CV Wells, followed by Ron Ballard, and Greg Dalgarn. Not only did this make for great racing, but it might be safe to say that the Pro-Cash Payout is an effective incentive–requiring our Regional Director Tage Evanson to part ways with a few $100 bills!

Battle for the Apex...

Battle for the apex...

Sunday’s races brought out a different game for everyone, with slightly warmer temperatures and altered track conditions throughout the day. Qualifying times started with everyone slightly off-pace comparing to Saturday’s lap times. In SU, Mark Alger qualified on pole followed by Brent Crosser, then Martin Snow (who traveled all the way from Utah to join us at this event),. Snow did not run Sunday’s race, bumping Ed Ochylski up one position from 4th into 3rd.

Once the race started, SU and ST-2 classes sorted themselves into their respective battles. The exception of  it was Tage Evanson jumping in for a dozen laps and turning a quick 1:05.280, a new ST-2 track record (besting the record CV Wells set yesterday). First across the start/finish line was Brent Crosser taking the SU win, followed by Mark Alger who finished second, and Chad Nelson in third. Our winners in ST-2 begin with Greg Dalgarn taking first, Bryan McCormick in second, and Ron Ballard placing third.

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Top Racers Per Class on Saturday:

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1- #56 Ritch Marziale
2- #27 Manuel Gil del Real
3- #4 Mark Alger

ST-1
1- #407 Chad Nelson

ST-2
1- #24 CV Wells
2- #93 Ron Ballard
3- #631 Greg Dalgarn

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Top Racers Per Class on Sunday:

SU

1- #206 Brent Crosser
2- #4 Mark Alger
3- #14 Chad Nelson

ST-2
1- #631 Greg Dalgarn
2- #727 Bryan McCormick
3- #93 Ron Ballard

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Small Bore
For this event, the Big Bore/Small Bore split put all PT cars in the Small Bore run group, better distributing numbers between the two groups. We continue to encourage all Small Bore drivers to register early for each event so we can continue to promise designated run groups for the slower PT cars and Spec classes.

Terry Denton takes the PT-A win on Saturday

Terry Denton takes the PT-A win on Saturday

Terry Denton in PT-A took the pole in qualifying for the whole of Small Bore. While Denton was the first to pass the green flag, he was also the first to find an off-track excursion with a spin in turn 2, first lap out. Brian Turner and Matthew Seech quickly took position and carried a quick pace for the duration of the race. However, lap after lap, Denton made progress through the field, ultimately finishing first overall. Jeremy Renshaw took the win in PT-B, followed by Marty Saltzman. Both kept pace with each other throughout the race and were turning lap times similar to those in PT-A.

944 Spec enjoyed a half-dozen racers in attendance, led by Norm Hamden, Dave Hauck and Steve Marlow – who happened to be sporting a new ride; the 47x car once driven by Austin Newmark. Next up is Erik Woods in his Honda Challenge 2 car (also classed PT-C), driving ahead of the 944 pack, and behind the pace Leroy Moore who took the PT-C win for the day. Last but not least we have our Spec Miata class with local driver Geri Amani and out-of-town racer Madison Snow, who finished first and second respectively.

On Sunday the tables were turned throughout the spectrum of classes. In the front of the Small Bore group, Brian Turner delivered fast times in his UPS Porsche and stayed up front finishing first overall and in class. Following closely were Sean Southland and Terry Denton, in second and third. In PT-B, Jeremy Renshaw finished his weekend sweep for this event by taking the win again. Marty Saltzman placed second after having to drop out of the race earlier than anticipated. PT-C driver Leroy Moore finished just outside our top five finishers, followed by Erik Woods in his Honda Challenge 2 car. Norm Hamden was having a good weekend in 944 Spec taking the win yet again. Next up was Dave Hauck in second, with Jeff Wojnar placing third. The last of our Spec Classes is Spec Miata led by Madison Snow with Geri Amani forced to find a parking spot out between NASCAR turn 1 and turn 2 due to an engine failure.

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Top Racers Per Class on Saturday:

PT-A
1- #66 Terry Denton
2- #534 Brian Turner
3- #78 Matthew Seech

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1- #11 Jeremy Renshaw
2- #30 Marty Saltzman

PT-C
1- #19 Leroy Moore
2- #5 Erik Woods (H2)

Spec Miata
1- #34 Geri Amani
2- #62 Madison Snow

944Spec
1- #99 Norm Hamden
2- #08 Dave Hauck
3- #47x Steve Marlow

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Top Racers Per Class on Sunday:

PT-A
1- #524 Brian Turner
2- #777 Sean Southland
3- #66 Terry Denton

PT-B
1- #11 Jeremy Renshaw
2- #30 Marty Saltzman

PT-C
1- #19 Leroy Moore
2- #5 Erik Woods (H2)

Spec Miata
1- #62 Madison Snow
2- #34 Geri Amani

944Spec
1- #99 Norm Hamden
2- #08 Dave Hauck
3- #0123 Jeff Wojnar

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Time Trial

This time of year brings us relatively chilly mornings and cool ambient temperatures, making cars pretty happy on the racing surface.  After some warm coffee to shake out the morning chill,  Time Trialers geared up and lined up for grid, turning some of the fastest times for the weekend during the morning sessions.

Big Bore enjoyed a healthy dose of competition this event, with 9 drivers each in TTU and TTS. Beginning with our TT drivers in Big Bore, Ritch Marziale turned the fastest lap overall with a 1:02.458 in his TTR Dodge Viper. Mark Alger continued to demonstrate a fast hand and foot running his Dodge Viper in TTU trim, turning a stout 1:02.875 – a new track record. Tage Evanson was less than a second off running a 1:03.788 (switching it up in TTU trim) taking second. Our infamous Time Attack Evo8 driven by Tony Szirka turned a 1:06.298 taking third in class. TTS driver CV Wells ran a very quick 1:05.184 and took the win for the day. Second went to Drew Maloney, who turned a 1:07.077. Thrid was secured by Travis Bouck with a 1:08.069 in his Nissan 370z.

Jeremy Renshaw - #11 PTB E36 M3

Jeremy Renshaw - #11 PT-B/TTB E36 M3

Saturday’s Small Bore sessions brought some great competition to the track, and some new personal bests were set!  Starting with TTA, Brian Turner delivered the win with a 1:09.176. Second was secured by somewhat newcomer to TTA Gabe Ortega in his supercharged Honda Civic with a 1:11.026. Third was taken by Tim Hannum with a 1:11.076. It should be noted that fourth was Jacob Treguboff with a 1:11.108, meaning 2nd through 4th were seperated by only .082! That’s some close competition! In TTB, Jeremy Renshaw stole the show running a sub-ten with a 1:09.834, followed by fellow BMW driver Marty Saltzman with 1:10.335, and Doug Evans who ran a 1:12.098. TTC was won by Dave Shotz in his Camaro running a 1:09.635. Phil Robles turned 1:10.753 in his Honda Civic for second, while third went to Eric Dayton turning 1:12.753. Towards the back of Small Bore were our TTD and TTE cars where the Miata took center stage; Robert Rose turned a 1:11.293 taking the win for TTD, and Brad Lundahl ran a quick 1:14.954 securing first place for TTE, followed by Geri Amani who turned a new personal best of 1:15.431.

On Sunday the game was changed up a bit but only barely throughout the TT classes. Mark Alger in TTU brought us more 1:03’s running a 1:03.340. Second went to Gary Felton with a 1:05.961. Third was handled by Travis Barnes with a 1:06.165 in his TTU Subaru WRX STI. In the front of the TTS pack was Tage Evanson showing us what a little white Honda Civic can do, turning a fast 1:03.877, which not only secured him the win for TTS but also besting his previous track record by more than a second! Next was CV Wells’ 1:05.791 and third went to Drew Maloney with a 1:06.536. TTA win was delivered yet again by Brian Turner in his #524 UPS Porsche with a 1:09.654. Second place went to Gabe Ortega with a 1:09.833, a new personal best. Third was secured by Tim Hannum with a 1:11.551.

In Small Bore, TTB driver Jeremy Renshaw ran a 1:11.128 to secure first, followed by Doug Evans in his Lotus Elise and only a hair away turning a 1:11.140.  Chris Wilson took third with a 1:13.370. TTC results stayed the same as Saturday with Dave Shotz our fastest TTC car running a 1:09.217. Phil Robles took second running a 1:10.450 and Eric Dayton – who continues to make strides in his driving with lower lap times – turning a 1:11.956, new personal bests for both of them! Robert Rose brought “Black Betty” out and again took the win in TTD with a 1:11.571. Brett Lengel ran a 1:12.346, and Dave McCombs turned a 1:14.195 for second and third. Last but not least was our TTE Miata driven by Geri Amani turning a 1:17.190.


Top Time Trialers on Saturday:

TTR  Ritch Marziale #56 Dodge Viper – 1:02.458
TTU  Mark Alger #4 Viper CC – 1:02.875 (New Track Record)
TTS  CV Wells #24 Corvette – 1:05.184
TTA  Travis Bouck#104 Nissan 370Z – 1:08.069
TTB  Jeremy Renshaw #11 1999 BMW E36 M3 – 1:09.834
TTC  Dave Schotz #175 Camaro – 1:09.635
TTD  Robert Rose #3 Mazda Miata – 1:11.293
TTE  Brad Lundahl #14 Mazda Miata – 1:14.954

Top Time Trialers on Sunday:
TTU  Mark Alger #4 Viper CC – 1:03.340
TTS  Tage Evanson #17 Honda Civic – 1:03.877 (New Track Record)
TTA  Brian Turner #524 Porsche 911 – 1:09.654
TTB  Jeremy Renshaw #11 BMW E36 M3 – 1:11.128
TTC  Dave Shotz #175 Camaro 1:09.217
TTD  Robert Rose #3 Mazda Miata – 1:11.571
TTE  Geri Amani #34 Mazda Miata – 1:17.190

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HPDE
As I made my way in and around the pits I noticed a lot of new and familiar faces. With HPDE being the foundation for building quality and safe drivers, I’m always eager to see who will be the next to move up to the next run group, or challenge themselves in Time Trial competition. Our schedule accommodated a full HPDE line-up; with everyone from first time HPDE1 drivers to HPDE4 veterans in attendance. New to NASA, and completely bitten by the track-driving bug, is David Lutter.

Lutter puting the Mini to the test...

Lutter putting his Mini to the test...

Running a vibrant blue Mini Cooper, Lutter started with us in HPDE1 on Saturday, moving into HPDE2 on Sunday. He already has plans to build a dedicated track car once he decides on a platform.

As with any racer who experiences mechanical challenges at the track, NASA-AZ is simply one of those places filled with good people who are dedicated to the sport. It did not take long for fellow drivers to notice Lutter was experiencing issues with his brakes. Within minimal time, a floor jack was under his car and all the tools needed to fix the problem were in use. In 25 minutes he was ready to go and finished the rest of his weekend without further interruption.

“I’ve found that Tage runs a first class operation, and the drivers involved with NASA are a great group of people!” explained Lutter.  I would have to agree. After all, we’ve all been in situations where our cars run less than perfect. I think most would agree with me in saying that NASA-AZ offers a great environment with the support structures that make for successful drivers and a successful organization.

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UMS Time Attack

With the cooler temps and fair track conditions, our TA drivers brought good stuff to the track for the second event of the season. Starting with the quickest of our TA competitors in TA-C, Travis Barnes took first place and ran a 1:06.658, followed by Jerome Silvers running a 1:10.642 and Russ Whelan who ran 1:13.551.  Next up is TA-B and it was a front-wheel-drive battle of Honda Civics, with Phil Robles (the only naturally aspirated of the 3!) in the lead running a 1:11.484, followed by Gabe Ortega only a few tenths behind with his 1:11.938. Dan Lynch took third running a 1:12.757. Last but not least is our TA-A class lead by Robert Rose turning TA-B times with a 1:11.919. Second place was a 1:14.298, the fastest lap Leland put down, followed by James Edwards who turned a 1:14.480 for third.

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UMS now offers number plates for our TA participants; vinyl for $40 and magnets for $50. If you are interested in obtaining an official number plate for your car, be sure to check the forums for digits already reserved as NASA-AZ will not allow duplicate numbers in competition groups.

TA-A Winner - Travis Barnes

TA-C and overall winner - Travis Barnes

TA-C
1- #240 Travis Barnes – 1:06.658
2- #427 Jerome Silvers – 1:10.642
3- #460 Russ Whelan – 1:13.551

TA-B
1- #12 Phil Robles – 1:11.484
2- #424 Gabe Ortega – 1:11.938
3- #666 Dan Lynch – 1:12.757

TA-A
1- #3 Robert Rose – 1:11.919
2- #510 Leland Forbes – 1:14.298
3- #444 Jame Edwards – 1:14.480

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Event Sneak Preview

March 5-6 brings us back to Firebird International Raceway running the East track for the first time since the Summer! Be sure to register early as this is a great time of year to turn laps, and perhaps snag a track record while conditions are in your favor. A full schedule of HPDE, Time Attack, Time Trial and Race Group will be on the menu. Check out the links below to sign up, and keep up with the forums for the latest schedule details.

Register Online – https://www.nasaproracing.com/event/1188
Schedule – http://forums.www.nasaaz.com/showthread.php?t=4624

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Article Written by Geri Amani.
Photography by Doug Hughes and Geri Amani.

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