NASA recently announced that the series champions of its Inaugural Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coast NASA Prototype series would be provided the opportunity to showcase their vehicles during the 29th Annual Performance Racing Industry trade show. The trade show will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 8–10, 2016, in Indianapolis. PRI 2016 is the centerpiece of Race Industry Week, where dozens of conferences, seminars, training sessions, social gatherings and other special events take place each year, offering unprecedented access and value for motorsports professionals. The PRI Show is attended by motorsports entrepreneurs from all 50 states, and 72 countries.

The NASA Prototype series is a new classification to NASA in 2016, expanding its history of affordable local racing into purpose built prototype-style cars. The NASA Prototype series centers on the new Élan NP01 chassis designed from the ground up to be quick and great looking, but more importantly, safe, reliable and inexpensive to operate.

“Last year for the PRI show, we had the very first NASA Prototype Élan NP01 serial number 000 displayed in the NASA booth. Now, just a year later, we have more than two dozen cars delivered to customers,” said Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development for NASA. Croiset added, “We look forward to showcasing the winners of our new premier series and rewarding them for an outstanding inaugural season.”

The 2016 NASA Prototype series consists of two individual championships, the Atlantic Series Championship and the Pacific Series Championship. The Atlantic Championship includes nine points races held over three event weekends. The Pacific Championship includes nine points races held over six event weekends. The premier series races will be the NASA Eastern States Championship at Watkins Glen International Raceway where three of the nine series races will take place and the NASA Western States Championship at Buttonwillow Raceway Park where the main feature Championship race will count as a double points race finish.

For more information on the NASA Prototype Élan NP01 or the series itself, please visit


Get Ready for Santa’s Toy Run with NASA Southeast

Each December since 2008, NASA Southeast has hosted its Santa’s Toy Run event at Road Atlanta, and each year it gets a little better —and NASA Southeast members get a little more generous. That means you need to register a little earlier. In addition to collecting toys and donations for local children in foster care, group foster homes and in domestic violence shelters, NASA Southeast also hosts its annual awards banquet.

This year, there will be a full weekend of HPDE, Time Trials and racing, competition school an instructor clinic and a Friday fun race.

There is more information here

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Fall Colors and Racing at a Bucket List Track!

NASA Mid South will be racing at Barber Motorsports Park October 29 and 30. You can go racing and still be home in time to hand out candy to ghosts and goblins in your neighborhood on Halloween.

If you’re anywhere in the Eastern United States, here’s your chance to drive one of the greatest tracks in America at a time when the weather is at its best. NASA Mid South has planned a full complement of racing, Time Trials and all levels of HPDE. Camping on the Barber premises is available, too.

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Ask National

Q: Why is it that even after I complete my provisional competition license, I still have to run four more races to remove the rookie marks and orange plate?

A: According to the Club Codes and Regulations you are required to display and orange plate and “R” decals for the first eight races. This let’s more experienced drivers know that you are a rookie. The faster driver may take that into account when deciding where to pass the rookie driver. A rookie, by definition, will have a provisional license. Once a rookie finishes four clean races and gets the four races signed off by the race director, they still have display the rookie decals and plate for four more races, even though they have received a hard-card license. Having a provisional license to give to the race director during the first four races, allows the race director a means to watch your on- and off-track conduct closely. Even though the race director doesn’t need to watch you more closely after four clean races, the more experienced racers on track will still appreciate knowing your experience level.


Q: What’s the difference between a rookie license and a provisional license?

A: There is no “rookie license.” Rookies will have a provisional license to give to the race director so he/she can keep a close eye on them when the rookie is on track. There can be provisional license holders that are not rookies. For example, if a driver from another sanctioning body comes to race with NASA, the Regional Director may grant a full license or a provisional license. If a driver with some experience wants to race with NASA, but the regional director isn’t sure of just how well he or she will do, the regional director can issue a provisional license and that will cause the race director to give them extra scrutiny.

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