Ask racers about their bucket list of tracks, and it’s a safe bet Daytona International Speedway is one of them.
National Auto Sport Association drivers will be able to check The World Center of Racing off their lists when the 2021 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires heads to the iconic venue, Sept. 16-19, 2021.
“Since we began hosting NASA Championships races in 2006, this is one of our most exciting moments,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset of the anticipation for next year’s Championships on the iconic DAYTONA Road Course. “We take great pride in the Championships venues we choose for our drivers, and Daytona International Speedway has such a rich history. When our drivers take to the high banks, they’ll be out there racing on the same hallowed ground as some of the greatest drivers of our lifetimes. It’s thrilling to be able to offer NASA drivers the chance to race at Daytona.”
NASA, an amateur road racing organization, has pioneered the idea of moving its Championships event from year to year. The Daytona International Speedway event will feature racing on both the infield road course, which also includes part of the track’s trioval design and its enormous 31-degree banking. Daytona International Speedway, set to host the 63rd annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 14, joins other coveted venues that have hosted NASA Championships, which include: Circuit of The Americas, Sonoma Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen International, Virginia International Raceway and Sebring International Raceway. In 2018 at the Circuit of The Americas, the event had the most competitors — 500 — in the nearly 30-year history of the organization.
“We are excited to host the National Auto Sport Association’s Championships event at Daytona International Speedway,” said Speedway President Chip Wile. “The track is known all over the world, and since 1959, winning at the storied venue — either on the 2.5-mile tri-oval or the DAYTONA Road Couse — has made racing careers. We look forward to crowning NASA champions at The World Center of Racing next September.”
NASA offers 25 racing classes and seven “Time Trial” classes at its Championships events, which attract racers from all across the country. To qualify for the NASA Championships, competitors from any of NASA’s 15 different regions across the country must participate in at least five points-awarding races in their home regions. Depending on a region’s location, the racing season begins as early as January and ends as late as December. In any given year, NASA Regions across the country operate more than 250 races per year.
Each region offers competitors the opportunity to compete for a Regional Championship. The Daytona event will represent the National Championships event where competitors from all across the country can compete for the coveted title of “NASA National Champion” in their respective classes.
For information, visit nasachampionships.com. Additional information will be forthcoming for the 2021 Championships at Daytona International Speedway Sept. 16-19.