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NASA Ready for Sixth Annual National Championships at Mid-Ohio

8/3/2011
350 Entries and Counting

NAPA Valley, CA, (Aug. 2, 2011) - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and will host its sixth annual National Championships presented by Toyo Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course from September 6-11.

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 by Jerry Kunzman and Ali Arsham with the premise of delivering high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that allow drivers to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.

To qualify for the NASA National Championships presented by Toyo Tires, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country. The 2011 National Championship presented by Toyo Tires weekend will feature over 400 competitors racing for the NASA National Champion trophy in 33 racing classes and nine Time Trial divisions around the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"We dropped the green flag on our first National event just 14 years after the founding of NASA," Jerry Kunzman, NASA executive director said. "This was not a small undertaking. This will be our sixth National Championship weekend and the event has grown consistently since our first National held in 2006. It is a real compliment to our 15 regions, their staff and all of the competitors that we are celebrating our 20th anniversary with our sixth National Championship event in 2011.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a legendary facility and the staff does a fantastic job keeping the course in top-notch condition. Mid-Ohio easily accommodates NASA's 400+ entries and the design of the circuit is guaranteed to offer very competitive racing over our five-day event. NASA members have had the opportunity to compete in over 60 race weekends to qualify for the Nationals and competition has been fierce at each one. I am very much looking forward to once again crowning our NASA National Champions in September."

A critical component of National Championship weekend is the over $1,000,000 in prize packages that are offered by major automotive and motorsport companies. NASA works feverishly throughout the year to attract manufacturer support and contingency sponsors to help keep costs down for its member competitors.

"We have assembled a great list of companies that NASA competitors can work with to help defray the cost of racing at the Nationals as well as all season," Jeremy Croiset, NASA sponsorship manager said. "We have great manufacturer support from Honda, Ford and Mazda. An excellent example of this support is the $500 minimum payout that Honda has guaranteed for each qualifying competitor in the HPD Honda Challenge Class. NASA boasts a strong list of contingency sponsors including Honda Performance Development (HPD), AST Suspension, BF Goodrich, Ford Racing, Toyo Tires, Hawk Performance, Goodyear, Treadzone, MazdaSpeed, Yokohama, PFADT Engineering, and Hoosier Racing Tire. In addition to contingency sponsors NASA also has a great list of companies that offer discounts to members including Vehiport, APR Performance, Cruise America, Hobie Polarized, OG Racing, TPIS, Molecule, Torco, Konig, Exedy, Motel 6, The Mid-Ohio School, Avis, Porterfield, Fastbrakes and Eibach Springs."

For additional information please contact NASA Championships media director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468. More detail can be found at www.nasaproracing.com or www.nasachampionships.com.

About NASA
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 by Jerry Kunzman and Ali Arsham with the premise of delivering high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.

NASA Membership
NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country and membership includes an array of benefits including vendor discounts and a complimentary subscription to Grassroots Motorsports magazine which includes a section devoted to NASA's newsletter, Speednews. Members will also receive a colorful hard card membership card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.

NASA at a Glance
  • NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
  • NASA has 14,000 members in 15 regions
  • Key events include the NASA Nationals at Mid-Ohio, September 6-11 and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, December 3-4.
  • The NASA National Championships will run 33 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
  • NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
  • Manufacturer partners include Honda Performance Development (HPD), Ford Racing, and MAZDASPEED.
  • NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman and Business Operations Manager; John Lindsey, Chief Divisional Director; Jeremy Croiset, Sponsorship Manager.
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