You want variety? NASA’s definitely got it.
For example, check out Super Touring 1
Chevrolet Silverados sharing the asphalt
with Oli Thordarson’s Super Touring 2
Corvette at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
(BELOW) GTS3 class BMW M3 racer Scott Smith preps his car at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Seems obvious, but when it comes to
scoping out potential classes to race in, there’s nothing like heading
to your local track and talking with the guys already competing.
MIXING IT UP
(MAIN) The 25 Hours of
Thunderhill enduro is a
showpiece for the sheer
range of cars that come
under NASA’s remit.
Here, an E1 class Lexus
IS 250, E3 Mazda Miata
and ERS Wolf mix it up.
(BELOW RIGH T) Amir
Haleem’s ST2 class
Mazda RX- 7 at Mazda
Raceway Laguna Seca.
huge Spec E30 field; another region might
not, but they’ll have a big CMC or AI field.
I recommend going to an event at your
local region and seeing what’s big there.
“Talk to the guys who are running in
it and they’ll tell you straight up what
kind of costs you’re looking at to run
one of the cars and what it takes. A lot
of frontrunners will even give tips to
the new guys to help get them up to
speed. We all do this to be competitive,
so folks want competition and to be in
the biggest field possible that their
resources will allow them to run in.”
A popular choice
One of the more popular NASA classes
is Performance Touring, which allows
almost any car to run. Each car is given a
base class, and each modification is
assessed a certain number of points. As
competitors make changes to their car,
each change adds points; once they
reach a certain number of points, they
move up to the next class.
“It’s proven over the years that it’s an
even and fair platform,” says Faules.
“There are some creative ways to play
with those points. It may not be worth it
to put on a spoiler that’s not going to be
extremely effective, but it might be worth
it to take the points for a really good set
of tires, for example.”
While Performance Touring is only one
– albeit popular – option for racing in
NASA, the best first step is to attend an
event and get a feel for it. From there,
HPDE to Time Trials to door-to-door road
racing is the path most people will take.
“We love to hear from people who
have never done it before,” says Faules.
“It’s easy to teach good habits to people
who have no habits. It’s always great to
Performance Driving Events program and
progress them through the ranks.”
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