The 2017 NASA Prototype series consists of three individual championships, the North Atlantic Series Championship, the South Atlantic Series Championship and the Pacific Series Championship. Each Championship includes 12 points races held over six event weekends. The premier series races will be the NASA Eastern States Championship at Sebring International Raceway where three of the nine series races will take place and the NASA Western States Championship at Thunderhill Raceway.

 

Pacific Series

Mar. 18-19

Willow Springs Intl. Raceway

Apr. 22-23

Buttonwillow Raceway

May 26-28

Circuit of the Americas

Jun. 17-18

Sonoma Raceway

Aug. 4-6

Utah Motorsports Campus

Oct. 6-8

Thunderhill Raceway

 

North Atlantic Series

Mar. 18-19

NCM Motorsports Park

Apr. 22-23

Mod-Ohio Sportscar Course

May 26-28

Circuit of the Americas

Jul. 7-8 (Fri. and Sat.)

Pocono Raceway

Sept. 9-10

Autobahn Country Club

Oct. 20-22

Sebring Intl. Raceway

 

South Atlantic Series

Mar. 18-19

NCM Motorsports Park

Apr. 22-23

Texas World Speedway

May 26-28

Circuit of the Americas

Jul. 29-30

Barber Motorsports Park

Sep. 23-24

Roebling Road Raceway

Oct. 20-22

Sebring Intl. Raceway

 

Winding Road Racing Opens Fourth Store at Thunderhill Raceway Park

Winding Road Racing, one of the leaders of motorsports equipment retailing, is excited to announce a new partnership with Thunderhill Raceway Park as the on-site retail provider of motorsports equipment. As part of the new partnership, Winding Road Racing will be opening its fourth retail location, serving Thunderhill Raceway customers and Northern-California road racers.

“Winding Road Racing is proud to partner with Thunderhill Raceway Park, one of the country’s premiere road racing courses,” said Thomas B. Martin, CEO of Winding Road Racing. “Through the partnership and trackside retail location, we can help supply racers at Thunderhill with the safety gear and equipment they need to go faster, without having to leave the track.”

The retail store will be outfitted with a wide range of road racing gear and equipment: helmets and accessories, racing suits, gauges, tools, shoes, gloves, nomex underwear, lap timers, and much more. Stocked brands will include: Stilo, Alpinestars, Sparco, Black Armor, CoolShirt, OMP, ORECA, Schroth, MyLaps and AiM.

“Winding Road Racing brings years of safety equipment expertise gained from its online megastore and three retail locations,” said David Vodden, CEO of Thunderhill Raceway Park. “Thunderhill Raceway racers can now experience Winding Road Racing’s customer service and product expertise just steps from our paddock.”

The new store at Thunderhill Raceway is located in the pro shop building on site at the track, and opened to the public February 24, 2017. For more information, visit www.windingroadracing.com.

GarageSocial.com Ties Online Community with the Racetrack

Traditional social media channels like Facebook never relied on videos when establishing its massive membership. However, a fledgling social network, dedicated exclusively to connecting the automotive world, is building its community by using the power of video to put viewers in the driver’s seat.

Startup Garagesocial.com is creating an interactive space, much like Facebook, where car and motorcycle lovers, racing professionals and related businesses create free profiles, upload vehicle photos, descriptions and specs, buy, sell or rent, announce events and, above all, communicate locally and internationally with others who share a common interest.

To grow this new community, GarageSocial.com launched a major advertising campaign through a variety of automotive television networks, using “model motorsports enthusiast” videos to drive response. Among the model enthusiasts selected for the videos, was New Jersey Motorsports Park and its private Exotic Car Garage owners. One owner’s video in particular tells the story of how deeply passionate about motorsports these folks truly are.

“We feel privileged to be part of such an innovative and much-needed social concept,” said NJMP co-founder Lee Brahin. “Garagesocial’s goal matches our own to bring like-minded enthusiasts together under one roof — or social media platform as the case may be.”

 

Ask National

Q: My medical expires halfway through this season. Do I need to renew it before the second half of the season, or can I wait till this season is over?

A: Your license becomes invalid the day after the shown Medical Expiration date on your license. You can wait, but you can’t race with an invalid license.

 

Q: If my car breaks during a race, and I know what’s wrong with it, can I get out and fix it?

A: According to a new addition to section 25.9.1 in the CCR, yes. Check out the last sentence:

“Anytime a driver is forced to stop in an emergency; the first concern should be to place the car in an area where it will not cause danger to the other drivers. When stopping off course, the driver should be careful not to stop on dry grass areas where fire can be a hazard. The crew may come to the aid of a disabled car only with the approval of the Race Director. The driver may make repairs if the vehicle is in a safe area, such as behind a wall or flag stand.”

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