In a changing of the guard for the Western Endurance Racing Challenge series, NASA has named Neil Daly as the new series leader, replacing longtime series leader Shawn Sampson.

“Shawn Sampson has been instrumental in helping the WERC series grow and prosper, and we’re grateful for his leadership,” said NASA National Chairman and SoCal Regional Director Ryan Flaherty. “Shawn is excited to see new ideas injected into the series, so we’re looking forward to what Neil Daly can deliver for the series.”

A dedicated sprint and endurance racer himself, Daly has been racing in Spec E30 and the WERC series for several years. The owner of Oceanside Motorsports, a BMW specialty shop in Oceanside, Calif., Daly brings a wealth of experience and technical expertise to his new role as WERC series leader.

“What you put in is what you get out. So, I plan to give everything I have to growing the endurance racing series. WERC has been very good to me over the years, and I’m stoked to play a part in growing the series in the years to come,” Daly said. “I hope to build on the successes that Shawn Sampson accomplished over the last several years, and we’ve got some exciting things in store for 2019 and beyond.”

Neil Daly

The WERC series uses a comprehensive set of rules that allows for any racing car to be classed to participate. Teams consisting of just a single driver to five drivers compete against the clock, the track and other teams for victory. For more information, visit:

2019 WERC Schedule

March 16 – Willow Springs International Raceway (3 hours)
April 6 – Buttonwillow Raceway (3 hours)
May 18 – Auto Club Speedway (3 hours)
Aug. 3 – Utah Motorsports Campus (6 hours)
Sep. 7 – Sonoma Raceway (3.5 hours)
Dec. 7 – Thunderhill (12 hours)

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