The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is in its 13th full season with its Time Trial Program. Last year, we had all NASA regions with full participation, with over 1400 drivers nationwide. For 2016, we will continue to have full participation from our now fifteen NASA regions, with over 200 events nationwide. This year, we will continue our two-event NASA Championships format, where there will be Championship events held on different dates for the Eastern States and the Western States. The tracks will change annually. This year’s events will be the NASA Eastern States Championship at Watkins Glen International on September 22nd-25th and the NASA Western States Championship held at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on Oct 13th-16th.
NASA TT utilizes a car classification system that is easy to understand, and gives HPDE-4 drivers a taste of competition by allowing them to compete for top lap times, in advanced, open passing run sessions, against similarly prepared cars for awards, prizes, and recognition. NASA AZ TT competitors are eligible for the coveted NASA Arizona Champion jacket as well!
In total, there are nine Time Trial classes, including one unlimited, three semi-unlimited, and five limited classes. Each region has its own Regional Championship Series that gives us our regional champions, and qualifies drivers to become eligible to compete at the NASA National Championship Events (Eastern States Championship and Western States Championship). Drivers may qualify in any region, and are eligible to compete in either or both Championships, regardless of the region(s) that they qualified in. Awards are usually provided to our top-level finishers at each of the regional events. To compete in NASA TT, a driver must obtain a NASA National TT License, which requires the driver to be an advanced level driver or racer. Driver and vehicle safety are among our top concerns, and we have a pro-active safety program. Our HPDE program, that accommodates drivers of all experience levels, is the best way for a driver to become qualified to compete in Time Trial. The Time Trial program bridges the NASA competition pathway from NASA-X to HPDE to Time Trial to wheel-to-wheel racing.
Visit NASA Time Trial website for more information.