November 27-28 Wraps Up

Over the Thanksgiving holiday most of us spent the later part of the week stuffing ourselves to capacity similar to the turkey that sat on the dinner table. Likewise, NASA-AZ participants also gathered up their cars and packed their trailers, then headed to the track for an action-filled holiday weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.


The November 27-28 event brought us a full weekend of HPDE, Time Trial and Race Group. On Sunday, we ran a condensed schedule to accommodate the annual 3-hour enduro, plus the 1-hour sprint race which was new for this year. In addition to our normal participants many new drivers were in attendance. As a result we enjoyed the largest turnout in the whole of 2010, and consequently all HPDE was filled to capacity. Another reminder for drivers to register early!

What’s new for the 2011 season?

  • Based on the attendance we saw at this event, NASA-AZ will continue to host a chapel service through 2011, providing communion open to anyone at the track.
  • Race group cash pro-payout, details are coming soon!
  • Passenger cards will now be $5 each.
  • With the exception of HPDE1 and HPDE2, all cars running in events will require (CCR compliant) car numbers on both sides.
  • PIR road course WILL be preserved. We can all put rumors of it being demolished to rest! In fact, we will hold an event at PIR in December of 2011 AFTER the renovations are completed.

End of Season Points
Have you run consistently in your class all year round? Are you in line for a regional points championship? The November event was the finale for 2010. Points are currently being calculated to determine class champions. There will be jackets awarded to the champions and trophies awarded to the top three finishers of each class for those who qualified.

Get Online!
If you are reading this article chances are you are also registered on the NASA-AZ forum. But, for those of you who know drivers who aren’t registered, be sure to spread the word and encourage them to sign up. The forum is the best way to collaborate with drivers and officials, and likewise, it’s the best medium to share your thoughts and ideas to help NASA-AZ leadership run the club how the majority sees fit. Sign in and speak up!

Saturday’s Cookout

levyGordon work’n the grill!

Yep, even with the Thanksgiving holiday behind us we had yet another chance to stuff our faces with some amazing gastronomical delights. Our Regional Director Tage Evanson was gracious enough to provide all of  us rib-eye steaks, which were immensely popular with nearly everyone who got in the line to pile up their plate. As always there was a fantastic arrangement provided by Gordon Levy as he helped man the grill, plus an array of side-dishes. The food was hot and the beer was cold, thus completing Saturday’s awesomeness: on the track, in the garage, and on the grill.

A great assortment of food and beer made this a very popular evening.

A great assortment of food and beer made this a very popular evening.

Where's the line?

Where's the line?


HPDE2 driver Paul Green shows us how to keep warm in the Arizona winter.

Race Group

This year’s 3-hour enduro was combined with a 1-hour sprint race, which made for a full grid and full track of cars. From PTE to Super Unlimited, all were on track together to compete within their class and also to maneuver through a plethora of differences in horsepower.


Small Bore Race

Saturday’s Small Bore sprint race began with the PTB lineup in the front; Rick Johnson, Marty Saltzman, Jeremy Renshaw, Terry Denton and Lee Douglas. Johnson had some work to do in keeping Renshaw at bay with the rest of the pack not too far behind, including Jim Patrick in his Spec Boxster, who’s lap times mingled with some of those in PTB.

Terry Denton came to the track with a new BMW E36 build ready for the fun to be had in PTB. However, after holding his own in the subsequent laps, Renshaw ultimately took the win for PTB. Down the PT class line we have Tony Lisa in PTC, PTD won by Jim Fluckey followed by Jim Jordan, then Geri Amani in PTE. The bulk of the pack was filled with our regular turnout of 944 Spec racers with a field of 9 cars. Jim Foxx, Norm Hamden and Joe Paluch qualified only tenths apart, starting the 944 field close together.

Tables were turned during the battle for first in 944 Spec, requiring a bit of effort in traffic management to secure the win. Darren Griffith took the checkers climbing from his qual-position in 4th, followed by Foxx and Hamden taking second and third respectively.


Big Bore Race

The Big Bore race showed big fun, as a field of 20 cars took to the racing surface. The popular class of the day was ST-2, which was won by CV Wells with Ron Ballard not far behind. In SU we enjoyed a few more cars in this class than normal. Led by Ritch Marziale who ran some rather fast times early in the race, he separated himself by roughly 2 seconds from the rest on his best lap. Brent Crosser and Manuel Gil del Real maintained position from the earlier qualifying session taking second and third respectively.

The Panoz driven by Steve Lisa makes a comeback at PIR

The Panoz driven by Steve Lisa makes a comeback at PIR

Next in ST-1, Steve Lisa in the #19 Panoz took the win for the day followed by Mike Pinholster in second place. Last but not least, PT-A was an all Porsche shootout with David Layvas in his #997 997 taking the win. Second place was delivered by Brian Turner in his UPS Porsche followed by John Dowling in his “Purple Dinosaur” in third.

Top racers from Saturday:

– #56 Ritch Marziale
– #206 Brent Crosser
– #27 Manuel Gil del Real

– #24 CV Wells
– #93 Ron Ballard
– #631 Greg Dalgarn

– #19 Steve Lisa
– #04 Mike Pinholster

– #997 David Leyvas
– #524 Brian Turner
– #46 John Dowling

– #11 Jeremy Renshaw
– #00 Rick Johnson
– #37 Marty Saltzman

– #19 Tony Lisa

– #69 Jim Fluckey
– #71 Jim Jordan

– #34 Geri Amani

944 Spec
– #7 Darren Griffith
– #12 Jim Foxx
– #99 Norm Hamden

Spec Boxster
– #171 Jim Patrick


3-Hour Endurance + 1-Hour Sprint Race

If that headline didn’t sound like a workout, this race recap certainly will. Sunday’s race was a race not to be missed with a line of up 35 cars total in a wide spectrum of classes. Where else in Arizona would you find such a great diversity in one race?! The 1-hour sprint race ran concurrently with the 3-hour enduro, utilizing one green flag to get it all started.

Mike & Mike (Halpin and Browning) take to the track in a E46 M3

Mike & Mike (Halpin and Browning) take to the track in an E46 M3

The races began with the long line of mixed classes swarming the straightaway, slowly sorting racers through turns two and three. Laps later groups naturally assimilated and class battles began.  In the front, Chad Nelson was 1st overall in SU at the 1 hour mark and 1st in his class, requiring him to do a lot of “negotiating” through varied traffic. Of those in the sprint race, 944 Spec racers held more or less the most presence with Norm Hamden taking the win followed by Steve Marlow. ST-2 had Greg Dalgarn and Mark Klenin placing first and second respectively, followed by Jim Patrick taking first as the lone car in the Spec Boxster class.

As the Sprint racers crossed the finish line and exited into the pits, the endurance race continued for another two hours. The game that is “endurance racing” plays by a different set of rules as it becomes a test of durability and stamina for both the car and driver. It is a fight for position and a battle against the human condition that stems from any kind of prolonged stress… naturally, this includes racing!

As attenuation settled the course and mechanical issues reared their ugly heads, a few racers were set back eliminating all possibility of a first place win. Fuel consumption and driver efficiency also became factors in the final outcome.

Denton's Team Up!

Father and Son Team Up: Terry and Ryan Denton

In PTB a lot of E36 action was found during the three hours. It was in this class where we had one of the father-son teams; Terry and Ryan Denton. Terry ran the first hour and 44 minutes maintaining their position in 3rd. Once a driver change took place Ryan drove into lead when Jeremy Renshaw dropped out on lap 89 with mechanical problems.

The Dentons were leading Marty Saltzman and Jim Fluckey by 45 seconds, with 10 laps to go until Ryan found himself with a badly corded right front tire combined with a fuel light with 8 laps to go. Ryan ran another 5 laps until it sputtered, leading Saltzman/Fluckey by 39 seconds. Forced to pit for a 2 gallon splash, the Dentons ultimately came up short and lost the win to Saltzman/Fluckey by 1.894 seconds. In third, Ricky “Boo-Boo” Johnson teamed up with out-of-town racer Mark Congleton, both driving the only front-wheel-drive car in class, also running the quickest PTB lap during the race.


Mark and Jason Alger take the checkered flag for an overall enduro win.

In the SU class we had another father-son team, Mark and Jason Alger, a pair who would become our overall top finishers. While the car held up with only a few minor set-backs they ultimately were the first to cross the finish line with the checkered flag waving above them. It was a close match for the Alger’s and Brent Crosser who bravely ran the entire race by himself.

ST-2 had a great field, with five cars duking it out for the best finishing position possible. A two-man team, both well-seasoned in BMW racing, Mike Halpin and Mike Browning ran the #114 M3 which took first in class. Consistency, strategy, and conservation kept them in the front. Brian McCormick was not far behind, a notably great finish for one of our newest racers. In third was CV Wells who crossed the finish line only 7-laps behind McCormick.

A small field of three cars made up the ST-1 class; Steve Lisa, Tage Evanson, and Mike Pinholster. While each driver finished in this order, Steve Lisa accumulated the most laps. Tage Evanson joined in on the fun between what might be called “extended pit-stops”. He was also spotted having a bit of fun out of class with ST-2 driver McCormick in his BMW M3.

150849_10150113889251217_503641216_8020493_1212531_nThe fast guys dice it up!

PT-A was an all Porsche rematch from Saturday’s race with David Layvas, John Dowling and Brian Turner out for the win. By the time three hours settled the field, Layvas was the last car running finishing in first with a 25 lap lead on Dowling, while Turner finished third due to mechanical issues.

While the majority of 944 Spec racers ran the sprint race, Austin Newmark and Dave Huck took the 3-hour win. For Newmark, this checkered finish also secured him the 944 Championship. In addition, Austin managed to run his best time ever at PIR in a 944 with a 1:12.842!

Geri Amani Making a Feul Stop

PTE Driver Geri Amani makes a fuel stop, the one and only needed to finish the last stretch.

Finally, the smallest numbers per class were lone cars in PTC and Spec Boxter with drivers Tony Lisa and Jim Patrick. Our momentum cars (who everyone passed at least a dozen times) were found in PTE, with Matthew Kayne and Mario Rigoli in a BMW 325, and Geri Amani who ran solo in her Mazda Miata. Early in the race Amani had to pit less than a handful of laps after the start to repair a broken exhaust component, costing her any chance of gaining position. However, despite the fact that the winning spot was taken, this new racer was determined to finish her third race, and completed three hours on her own with one fuel stop. In the end, the cow-themed 325 was really mooooo-ving along, taking the win for PTE.

Mooooooving along!

Cow-themed 325 was really mooooo-ving along, taking the win for PTE!

Great racing everybody!!

Top racers from Sunday:

– #4 Mark Alger / Jason Alger
– #206 Brent Crosser
– #27 Manuel Gil del Real

– #114 Mike Halpin / Mike Browning
– #727 Bryan McCormick
– #24 CV Wells

– #19 Steve Lisa
– #17 Tage Evanson
– #04 Mike Pinholster

– #997 David Leyvas
– #46 John Dowling
– #524 Brian Turner

– #30 Marty Saltzman
– #67 Terry Denton / Ryan Denton
– #00 Rick Johnson

– #19 Tony Lisa

– #69 Matthew Kayne / Mario Rigoli
– #34 Geri Amani

944 Spec
– #08 Dave Hauck / Austin Newmark
– #123 Jeff Wojnar
– #99 Norm Hamden

Spec Boxter
– #171 Jim Patrick


Time Trial

Saturday’s Time Trial sessions brought out some fast lap fun across the diversity of classes that ran both days this weekend. It does appear that in general the colder weather chilled lap times earlier in the morning for some drivers, but conditions improved as the later part of the day endured. It should be also noted that a few HPDE drivers “moved up” making this event their first run in Time Trial.

Phil Robles on Grid

Phil Robles on Grid, ready to tear it up!

Small Bore was led by Rick Johnson in TTB running a rather quick 1:09.284. Jeremy Renshaw was only a few tenths behind, followed by Dave Schotz who had a great time in TTC running a 1:09.508. Joe Catteneo ran the quickest lap for TTD with 1:11.913, and Eric Jacobsen in TTF ran a rather fast 1:16.850 showing that he is really focusing on that Focus!

Likewise, Big Bore had their own set of challenges to overcome but with a lot more power added to the mix. Don’t blink or you’ll miss TTR driver Ritch Marziale who ran away with blazing 1:00.580, three seconds faster than anyone in his class and our only track record for the weekend.

Next up is Mark Alger in TTU with a quick 1:03.294 followed by Tage Evanson who ran 1:04.830. CV Wells in TTS ran a 1:06.307 leading his class for the weekend with Gary Felton the next fastest at 1:07.849. TTA was won with a 1:09.030 lap time by David Leyvas with Brian Turner on his tail finishing with a 1:09.864.

Sunday’s game was on with double points throughout the day. Time Trialers were on their mark, set, and ready to go for a regional championship win in their class. Small bore sessions before the race included PT cars making for a mixed leader board of results. TTA was dominated by David Leyvas running 1:09.255, followed by TTB leader Rick Johnson with his quick 1:08.544. TTC was won by Dave Schotz, who ran one session and finished in first with a 1:09.251. Joe Catteneo topped TTD with a 1:12.402, and Eric Jacobsen took TTF (and ran rather consistent 16’s all weekend) on Sunday with a 1:16.586.

Big Bore on Sunday was no less competitive with possible points championships up for grabs. Yet again, Mark Alger took the lead in TTU running a 1:04.814. TTS was owned by CV Wells running a brisk 1:06.909 securing his win for the day. Taking TTR was driver Pete Creek, who led with a 1:06.900.

Top drivers from Saturday:
TTR Ritch Marziale, #56 2003 Dodge Viper – 1:00.580 (New Track Record)
TTU Mark Alger, #4 2004 Viper CC – 1:03.294
TTS CV Wells, #24 2000 Corvette – 1:06.307
TTA David Leyvas, #997 Porsche – 1:09.030
TTB Rick Johnson, #00 2003 Mini Cooper S – 1:09.284
TTC Dave Schotz, #175 1989 Camaro – 1:09.508
TTD Joe Catteneo, #101 2005 Mini Cooper S – 1:11.913
TTF Eric Jacobsen, #97 2003 Ford Focus – 1.16.850

Top drivers from Sunday:
TTR Pete Creek, #18 2000 Corvette – 1:06.900
TTU Mark Alger, #4 2004 Viper CC – 1:04.814
TTS CV Wells, #24 2000 Corvette – 1:06.909
TTA David Leyvas, #997 Porsche – 1:09.255
TTB Rick Johnson, #00 2003 Mini Cooper S – 1:08.544
TTC Dave Schotz, #175 1989 Camaro – 1:09.251
TTD Joe Catteneo, #101 2005 Mini Cooper S – 1:12.402
TTF Eric Jacobsen, #97 2003 Ford Focus – 1:16.586



All of the HPDE groups had a strong showing of regular and new drivers, with the whole of HPDE selling out! Sometimes it can be tough determining which event will have a bigger crowd, but this weekend kept registration rather busy. Regardless of how cold it was in the mornings, per the schedule our HPDE drivers are out turning laps long before most of the competition run groups. So hats off to all the guys and girls who bundled up, kept warm coffee within reach, and turned the key as the sun just barely made its way over the Estrella mountains.

With HPDE combined on Sunday officials added drills to the routine for the first part of select sessions, helping to warm up our drivers to new on-track circumstances and furthering their experience, should any of them wish to move into competition groups. Case in point, the paddock was full and everyone had fun the whole weekend. For HPDE drivers that is really all that matters at the end of the day.


UMS Tuning Time Attack

Tavis Barnes, UMS TA-C Winner on Sunday

Tavis Barnes took the win for the UMS Time Attack TA-C class

The UMS Time Attack series has grown in popularity in 2010, making for some of the best TA competition for drivers in HPDE 3 and 4, Time Trial, and Race Group. Another great turnout for the UMS Tuning Time Attack event, where 24 drivers took to the track in three classes. Dave McCombs took the win in TA-A, running a quick 1:14.962, two seconds faster than his fellow competitors in TA-A.

Phil Robles dominated TA-B with 1:11.456. Travis Barnes ran a 1:06.764, which was the overall fastest lap in the TA series. It should be noted that the Snail Performance drivers had a great weekend. Travis Barnes took 1st place in TA-C overall (3rd place in TA overall), and Markos Mylonas snagged 2nd place overall in TA-A. With Gabe Ortega officially out of the TA-A game after adding “boost” to his car, it will be interesting to see how the TA-C competition fairs next year.

With the 2010 season officially over, the cumulative UMS TA points will be announced on the NASA-AZ forum to declare official 2010 winners.

Top three drivers in their class:

– Dave McCombs, 1:14.962
– Jon Via, 1:16.018
– Markos Mylonas, 1:16.327

– Phil Robles, 1:11.456
– Jerome Silvers, 1:12.274
– Dan Lynch, 1:12.496

– Travis Barnes, 1:06.764
– Jacob Treguboff, 1:13.048
– Gabe Ortega, 1:13.735


2011 Preview

The upcoming 2011 season has a lineup of events at a diversity of tracks for every driver. If you need to get your PIR fix on, don’t miss the back-to-back events in January and February else you will be waiting till next December. Both January and February events happen to be the time of year that promises cool temperatures, and historically fast lap times with the occasional track record. In the spring and summer we are scheduled to revisit the Firebird tracks and the new road course outside the Tucson area that all of you may have heard about, Inde Motorsports Ranch.

If you are planning to head to NASA Championships, 2011 will see drivers from all over the country head to Mid-Ohio. Be sure to plan this season accordingly if you want to give yourself a chance to claim the much coveted title of National Champion.

The full 2011 Schedule can be found on the NASA-AZ website:

Have a great Holiday season and see you in January!

Article Written by Geri Amani.
Photography provided by Geri Amani, Christopher Wynne (, and Clayton Peck.

Jeremy Renshaw

jeremy_renshaw2Full Name: Jeremy Renshaw
Hometown: Boise, Id

Jeremy’s 9-5:
FedEx Ground dock manager
Run Group: Time Trial and Race Group
Favorite Food(s):
Bud Light, Tacos, and Pizza
Favorite Music:
60’s and 70’s rock & roll
NASA Position: Time Trial Director
Obligatory Hot Actress Question: Angelina Jolie

Looking back to our youth, a lot of us never thought that we would find ourselves driving a car on a NASCAR roval course, yet we do. Some of us never imagined gutting a beloved street car, but did. Others never thought they would configure their annual spending to accommodate tires, suspension parts, fuel, and track fees. Seeing a trend? I think there comes a time when we should all step back and look at what we do and have done in this sport, and take note how lucky we are to be involved. For this edition of Who’s Who I selected someone most of you may know already .The attention given here is well deserved with his longstanding involvement and support within the NASA community.

Lets’s introduce … Jeremy Renshaw.

Jeremy had spent much of his youth in Boise Idaho, later moving to Alaska during his teen years. Once graduated from High School he left the cold of the north and found himself living in an inverted climate of Arizona. Here he continues to reside with his wife Angie, a lab named Lily, three cats, and (I quote) “a big ass fish”. That’s no fish story! Okay, very bad joke…moving on.

Jeremy and his Lab Lily 'Gone Fish'n'

Jeremy and his Lab Lily ... 'Gone Fish'n'

Many drivers have climbed up the racing ladder by participating in one or multiple motorsports genres over their years of driving. Having lived in Arizona for nearly 10 years, Jeremy Renshaw did a little bit of it all. Starting with Autocross, he later discovered NASA and commenced his participation through HPDE track days. The action on the road course really appealed to Jeremy, and eventually became encouraged to purchase his first dedicated track car; a 1991 Nissan 240SX. From that point forward, he was hooked. The racing bug bit, and bit hard. There was no going back.

Jeremy's 240SX at PIR

Jeremy's 240SX at PIR

Nearly everyone in motorsports has heard the saying, if you want to make a million dollars in racing, you’ll need to start with two-million. It doesn’t take long for drivers to realize that funding is critical to survival on-track. From the cars themselves, to safety gear and regular consumables, it all costs quite a bit of money. Jeremy soon found himself running multiple track events per month, eventually taking on a second job to help cover track expenses. At this point it was evident that the racing bug bite became infectious.

For those of you who have been around the Arizona racing scene long enough, you might remember a time when Club Racing AZ was in existence. In addition to road course sessions, this organization formulated a Drift run group. With Jeremy regularly running drift events at Firebird International Raceway and Tucson Raceway Park, his dedication to the sport eventually led him to be in charge of the drift portion of the Club Racing AZ. While popularity of the group was certainly niche, it eventually became too small to warrant their own run group and was consequently canceled. Today however, Jeremy continues his leadership role as Time Trial Director for what is currently called NASA-AZ.

Jeremy had spent several years working his way up the HPDE ladder, eventually settling into Time Trials. It was only a few years in when Jeremy began to show interest in racing, which is often the progression for drivers in the TT program. While Jeremy currently focuses on Race Group, he continues his participation in Time Trials maintaining regional points and the opportunity to shake out a few quick laps without race traffic.

Jeremy driving the AFI Turbo S2000

Jeremy driving the AFI Turbo S2000

Jeremy running his PTB E36 BMW M3

Jeremy running his PTB E36 BMW M3

Last year Jeremy was asked by AFI Turbo to drive their Time Attack S2000 in the Redline Time Attack series and Super Lap Battle. Whenever possible he has continued to drive the S2000 a long with his newest racing build; a BMW M3 which was finished last winter. For Jeremy, switching from the 240SX to the M3 was a no brainer. The design, power and reliability of the E36 BMW are renown, not to mention the fact the chassis has been raced world wide for 20-years. It makes sense why this car is a popular platform to race in; the research has been done and performance parts are abundant. Jeremy continues to build his driving resume running with NASA-AZ, NASA-SoCal, Redline Time Attack, Super Lap Battle, and Porsche Club as often as possible.

Two Jeremys: Renshaw and Ward, part of the NASA-AZ Crew

Two Jeremy's: Renshaw and Ward, Members of NASA-AZ

Like many drivers, much of Jeremy’s life revolves around the track with little time for other hobbies. The thrill of driving at speed, preparing the car, pushing it to the limit and the social camaraderie are all reasons he finds himself intertwined in the NASA-AZ community. It is a lifestyle for many, Jeremy included, a choice that most drivers can relate to.

Many participants bring the family to the track to share the fun and excitement with those who are closest. Jeremy’s wife Angie is no exception. In fact, she can be found helping Jeremy at the track throughout the season. In the years Jeremy has developed as a driver, Angie has expressed moments of worry. Well, maybe a little more than a few moments.

“She worries a lot… then up’s my life insurance policy again.” Jeremy explained, when I asked how Angie feels when he races at the track. “It’s changed about 4 times in the last 6-years actually.”

Could these life insurance policy changes be caused by endless variations of on-track excitement? For example, the time Jeremy ran off track at Willow Springs in turn 8, going 140mph… sideways? While Jeremy’s joy on track is a source of Angie’s worry, her willingness to support her husband along the way is what makes these two a great pair.

“Without the support of my wife, I would not be where I am at today. She helps me in every way. In the garage helping with motor swaps, bleeding brakes, tire changes. She is at almost every event helping with refueling, air pressure checks, and parts runs for myself and others.”

I inquired what Jeremy wanted to do in the future with his racing, or other activities for that matter. His answers are loud and clear that this man is a true driver at heart who loves the sport. “My long term goals are to be doing what I am doing now, but with the winning Power Ball ticket,” explains Jeremy. In chuckle he later adds… “Okay, I want to be a business owner someday, but will always be a driver first.”

Power-ball or not, I think it is safe to say that Jeremy is here to stay in the NASA community. He proves that dedicated racers add greatly to what NASA has to offer by ways of leadership, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and good driving.

So next time you see Jeremy at the track give him a friendly shout, and be sure to
ask about his “Big Ass Fish”.

Article written by Geri A. Amani.

October 16 Wraps Up

October was a busy month for NASA-AZ with a multi-track lineup including PIR and FIR East. The October 16 event brought us back to the East Course at Firebird International Raceway, our first visit back to this track since June.

Even though it is considered to be the Fall Season (at least that’s what people are telling me) temperatures were still HOT. Cooking inside of a hot car was highly reminiscent of our summer events for many of you. Personally, I think it would be great if I can make it home without smelling like gym shoes! One can only hope that Mother Nature brings us a cool front in the near future! I think it’s safe to say that everyone, especially our corner workers, deserves a break from the heat.


Did anyone find grip out there? Consider yourself lucky if you did. The East track recently received a fresh coat of resurfacing material on its highly abused surface, which certainly affected limits of adhesion. These changes naturally created additional challenges for our drivers, transforming the track into a skating rink. Early sessions were the most affected, causing the lap times to increase comparatively to what’s been on record.  As the day went on there was noticeable improvements in grip helping to keep cars pointed in the right direction.


Time Trial and Racers… Unite!

Because this event was absent of Race Group, Time Trialers and Racers united together in their respective Big Bore and Small Bore sessions. With the slick track conditions it was inevitable that spectators were going to witness some John Deer’n action … and the consequential DQ.

McKeen and Evanson battle it out!

McKeen and Evanson battle it out!

The fastest Time Trials driver in this event was Wayne McKeen, driving his TTR Z06 Corvette running our only sub-minute TT lap with a 59.947. Tage Evanson was next in line running a quick 1:01.630 in TTS followed by CV Wells turning 1:01.810.

In TTU Tony Szirka in his Evo 8 won TTU for the weekend with 1:03.015 with David Montgomery and Joe Terrell, both in Corvettes pulling 1:04.031 and 1:06.723 respectively. It was a close match in TTA between Brian Tuner and John Dowling as both were running very similar lap times. Turner ultimately took the win for the day with 1:04.280, with Dowling finishing only a few tenths off with 1:04.863.

Jeremy Renshaw takes the win in TTB

Jeremy Renshaw takes the win in TTB

Another close match was found in TTB lead by two BWW M3’s driven by Jeremy Renshaw and David Tellez. Renshaw’s 1:05.117 sealed the deal for first place followed by Tellez with a 1:05.538. Phil Robles put some good laps down taking the win his  TTC Honda Civic with 1:06.833 after splitting his time in Big Bore testing the K-Sport DC5-R, followed by Jason Milller running 1:07.629 taking second.


Robert Rose driving #3 TTD Mazda Miata ... AKA "Black Betty"

The field of TTD cars suddenly increased with the 944 Spec drivers joining in, making for a healthy dose of competition for those in momentum cars. A close win was taken yet again by Robert Rose in his Mazda Miata (aka Black Betty) running 1:07.721, while Mervin Tan was less than a tenth away running a 1:07.811. Dave McCombs brought the newest TTD car to the field this weekend, joining the fun had by our pack of 944s with his Acura Integra. Then last but not least, TTE and TTF were solo driven by Geri Amani and Eric Jacobsen running 1:10.1 and 1:12.747 respectively.

Top Drivers from Big Bore:
TTR #07 – 2006 Z06 Corvette, Wayne McKeen – 59.947
TTU #11 – 2003 Evo 8, Tony Szirka – 1:03.015
TTS #17 – 1995 Honda Civic, Tage Evanson – 1:01.630
TTA #524 – 1978 Porsche 911, Brian Turner – 1:04.280

Top Drivers from Small Bore:

TTB #11 – 1997 BMW M3, Jeremy Renshaw – 1:05.117
TTC #12 – 1992 Honda Civic, Phil Robles – 1:06.833
TTD #3 – 1993 Mazda Miata, Robert Rose – 1:07.721
TTE #34 – 1991 Mazda Miata, Geri Amani – 1:10.108
TTF #97 – 2003 Ford Focus, Eric Jacobsen – 1:12.747



Our schedule accommodated a full HPDE line-up; with everyone from first time HPDE1 drivers to HPDE4 veterans in attendance. A few of our corner workers had the chance to join us for some laps, including Melanie in her Integra Type-R. She spent the day entertaining her friend who traveled all the way from Germany, and who also happens to be a part of a touring saxophone quartet!

Melanie and her guest from Germany - Good times in HPDE3

Melanie and her guest from Germany - Good times in HPDE3

With their distinctive logos and vibrant car graphic, the Snail Performance group of Subaru’s are hard to miss in HPDE4. These drivers have also shown a lot of dedication in their attendance to our events, exhibiting both teamwork and commitment running both HPDE and Time Attack consistently.

Markos detailing his Subie ever so maticulously

Markos detailing his Subie ever so maticulously

Our regular HPDE driver from Las Vegas, Michele Abbate, joined us yet again running her Mazdaspeed Protégé. With an unlucky twist of fate at the end of Saturday, Michele’s engine decided to call it quits while running the UMS Time Attack session, leaving her stranded before her journey back home. Thanks to the amazing generosity of those in the NASA-AZ community, fellow drivers pulled-through with an overnight engine-swap, which helped Michele get back home… just in time for her college class early Monday morning. Now that’s what I call dedication!


Time Attack

UMS Tuning Evo 8 driven by Tony Szirka

UMS Tuning Evo 8 driven by Tony Szirka

The UMS Time Attack invites drivers in HPDE3 or higher to bring out their best in aims to drive the fastest lap in their class. Lap times were slightly skewed due to track conditions, but nonetheless our participants exhibited some great driving. First up is the UMS Evo 8 driven by Tony Szirka who has maintained his consistent wins in TA-C , this time running a 1:02. Subaru driver Taylor Wilson took a first place finish in TA-B with a 1:07.385, followed by Gabe Ortega in TA-A with a 1:08.903.

Taylor Wilson takes the win in TA-B

Taylor Wilson takes the win in TA-B

With the new UMS Dyno Day on the calendar, we can expect some drivers to undergo re-classing efforts. Next time the scales are available at the track, make use of them to ensure you are within the required weight ranges. The dyno results from UMS will not only help you properly class your vehicle, but will be required if you wish to accumulate series points throughout the season.

Here are our top three finishers for each class:

UMS Tuning – 1:02.081

Travis Barnes – 1:04.360
Rus Whelan – 1:07.220

Taylor Wilson – 1:07.385
Phil Robles – 1:07.545
Dan Lynch – 1:08.266

Gabe Ortega – 1:08.903

Leland Forbes – 1:09.925
Michele Abbate – 1:10.561


Current TA-Points standings:

Gabe Ortega TA-A FWD 200pts
Philip Robles TA-B FWD 174pts
Travis Barnes TA-C AWD 148pts

Robert Smithson TA-C AWD 134pts
Markos Mylonas TA-A AWD 120pts

A quick reminder to regular TA competitors: the last TA event of the year is a DOUBLE POINTS event. That means 40-points will be up for grabs for our first place finishers. Current standings are obviously not final so you best be on your game for the last event!


Safety Reminder: NASA-AZ Passenger Policy

The number one priority at all NASA events is safety. We can’t be reminded enough that while we aim to have fun on track, being safe is a must. A lot of drivers want to share the excitement with their guests, inviting them a long as passengers. Since the question “…how can I take a passenger with me?” comes up rather often, here’s a quick check list of requirements that are covered in our morning drivers meetings:

  • Passengers are only allowed in HPDE3, HPDE4 and Time Trial groups;
  • Passengers MUST sign the “passenger waiver” at the registration desk and receive a passenger wrist-band;
  • Passengers MUST be approved from the group leader you are running in;
  • Passenger cards are REQUIRED and MUST be surrendered before entering grid;
  • For Time Trial drivers, your times will not count when you are accompanied by a passenger;

These same rules apply to driver COACHES. They too must have the credentials listed above. If your coach is not signed up to drive at the event, just because they are more experienced than you does not make them exempt from these requirements, nor does their experience give them license to drive your car.


Clean up!


With the precarious track conditions, quite a bit of cleaning had to be done between sessions. We should all take a minute and thank everyone who helped push brooms across the racing surface so we could all enjoy our time on track!


Event Preview

Next up for NASA-AZ is Phoenix International Raceway for a season finale event featuring a full HPDE schedule Saturday and combined sessions Sunday, complete Time Trial sessions, Time Attack, and our annual 3-hour Thanksgiving Day Endurance Race plus simultaneous 1-hour Sprint Race.

This will be your LAST chance to gather up extra points, and could easily put current standings up for grabs. With Time Trial and Time Attack sessions awarding drivers with double-points on Sunday, running on Saturday only could leaving you missing the points needed to take the class win for the season. Racers participating in the Enduro on Sunday will also reap the benefits of double points (standard CCR Points allocation x2) for ALL drivers of the car. All NASA Enduro rules will apply with exceptions made in the announced supplementary rules.

With double points on the line no driver can afford to miss this arguably most important event of the year!

Official NASA Enduro Rules

Supplemental Rules

What better way to spend Thanksgiving than to be around the sights and smells of the race track! Stick around after the races for some Thanksgiving fun, good food, and charitable fund-raisers that help those in need.

Go here to register:

Note that if you are a Racer who wants to enter the double points Enduro then you will ALSO need to register for the “Enduro” option as listed on the event registration page. For anyone co-driving a car that is already registered, you will need to only register for the “Enduro” option. It is advisable to register early, this is a very popular event!

See you at the track!


Article written by Geri Amani.
Special thanks to Christopher Wynne for his photographic contributions (

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