NASA SoCal Spec Miata Kicks Off 2020 at Arizona Crossover Event

A field of 25 Spec Miata competitors kicked off 2020 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in February. Setting fast lap, Team Just Send it posted the fast lap in qualifying and started from pole, followed by Hannah Grisham.
Team Just Send it got the jump from pole and defended from start to finish, taking the win, with Grisham in second, SoCal’s Eric Slivkoff in third, Blake Minasian in fourth and Chase Gilhart in fifth.
For qualifying on Sunday, Grisham posted the fast lap, but stayed out and kept in touch with her crew in the event she was outpaced. The strategy worked and Grisham started from pole with SoCal’s Ryan Pond in second.
When Sunday’s green flag flew, Grisham and Pond ran side by side for several turns until Pond finally gained the advantage and took the lead. The two worked to build a small gap over Austin Edwards.
About halfway through the race, Grisham


Timeout With: Jason Griepentrog and Jeff Abrams

Two years ago, Jason Griepentrog and Jeff Abrams formed Team Irie Racing to race in Spec Miata in the NASA Arizona Region. They used the team format to share financial and mechanical responsibilities, and they split the driving duties down the middle.
That model might work well for endurance racing where one driver can take over for the other during a fuel stop, but it’s a bit more difficult to administer in sprint racing, and could be a recipe for friction. Not only did they make it work, but the two found themselves on top of the points standings at the end of 2019, which makes their team regional champions. That’s definitely a first in Spec Miata in NASA Arizona and it might be a first in all of NASA.
What’s even more remarkable is that they topped Team 8 Ball Racing, another team of two drivers competing in Spec Miata in


Nonstop Action

When you put a whole mess of Spec Miatas on a short track for a quick sprint race, you get a good candidate for a Move of the Month video, or in this case, moves of the month. NASA Arizona racer Jason Griepentrog and the rest of the Arizona Spec Miata crew dice it out for an action-packed race at Wild Horse Pass East, giving the commuters on Interstate 10 something fun to watch as they pass by on cruise control.
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