The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) held their 2018 National Championships presented by Toyo Tires at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, September 13-16, 2018. Hundreds of racing drivers traveled thousands of miles to battle it out on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn racetrack that will be home to the United States Formula One race in October.
After hundreds of tires were destroyed, fenders punched in, and thousands of gallons of gasoline devoured, NASA crowned a number of new National Champions. In full Texas fashion, Toyo Tires podium cowboy hats were distributed and champagne was sprayed.
Many different makes and marques of cars were thrashed around the world-class racetrack during the 2018 NASA National Championships. Everything from your common Mazda Miata to exotic Norma M20FCs. Here is the breakdown of which manufactures did well at the NASA Nationals.
The cars were the machines at the race, but they were wheeled around the Circuit of the Americas by some fantastic drivers, each of whom had the chance to walk to the top spot of the podium and have the Toyo Tires girls give them some new hardware for their trophy cases at home.
The 2018 NASA National Champions for road racing are listed below (listed in order of large car counts for each class):
Spec E30: No. 22, Tim Barber, BMW E30, (31 car field)
American Iron: No. 88, Michael Lapaglia, Ford Mustang Boss 302S (23 car field)
Super Touring 2: No. 07, Chad Gilsinger, Acura NSX (19 car field)
Super Touring 4: No. 50, Andy Kwitowski, BMW M3 (19 car field)
Camaro Mustang Challenge: No. 63 Kevin Jander, Ford Mustang GT (18 car field)
944 Spec: No. 02, Charles Buzzetti, Porsche 944 (16 car field)
Honda Challenge 2: No. 10, Robert Paszkiewicz, Acura Integra (16 car field)
Spec E46: No. 31, Jason Fraser, BMW E46 (14 car field)
Super Unlimited: No. 23, James Devenport, Norma M20FC (12 car field)
Super Touring 3: No. 126, John Hyer, Chevrolet Corvette (12 car field)
German Touring Sedan 3: No. 727, Robert Crescencio, BMW M3 (10 car field)
Thunder Roadster: No. 211, Gary Tinker, Thunder Roadster (10 car field)
German Touring Sedan 2: No. 44, Kerry James, BMW M3 (8 car field)
Honda Challenge 4: No. 38, Rob Krider, Acura Integra DA RS (7 car field)
Spec Z: No. 16, Tom Kaminski, Nissan 350Z (7 car field)
NASA Prototype 1: No. 1, Jeremy Croiset, NP01 (7 car field)
Performance Touring E: No. 47, Chris Kopitski, Mazda MX-5 (7 car field)
Super Touring 5: No. 42, Nik Romano, Lexus IS300 (6 car field)
Super Touring 1: No. 221, Mark Burt, Chevrolet Corvette (6 car field)
Performance Touring D: No. 471, Brett Westcott, Mazda MX-5 (5 car field)
German Touring Sedan 4: No. 3, Michael Mcaleenan, BMW GTR (5 car field)
American Iron Xtreme: No. 111, Brian Faessler, Ford Mustang (3 car field)
NOTE: The Spec Miata results are not listed as tech shed issues are still being resolved at the time of this publishing.
NASA crowned eight Time Trial National Champions for the 2018 season during the week of racing at the Circuit of the Americas. Time Trial drivers had multiple opportunities to hit the track and find the perfect flying lap. They only needed one fast lap to earn a National Championship title. Weather played a part in which session would give each of them an opportunity to get it done. Eight different drivers in eight different classes drove hard and found that opportunity with a clean dry track in front of them to put down a good lap. The champions are listed here starting with the fastest class, Time Trial Unlimited (TTU).
TTU: No. 176, Troy Messer, Chevrolet Corvette, 2:16:624 (7 car field)
TT1: No. 256, Timothy Bidwill, Porsche GT3 Cup, 2:21.431 (5 car field)
TT2: No. 119, Kevin Fennell, Lotus Exige S, 2:23.648 (11 car field)
TT3: No. 61, Paul Costas, Chevrolet Corvette, 2:23.833 (10 car field)
TT4: No. 38, Shaun Webster, BMW, 2:29.248 (10 car field)
TT5: No. 3,3 Bryce Kliewer, BMW 330i, 2:34.945 (6 car field)
TTE: No. 47, Chris Kopitski, Mazda MX-5, 2:40.706 (7 car field)
TTD: No. 9, Marcelo Vine, Porsche 944, 2:42.920 (5 car field)
Congratulations to all of the 2018 NASA National Champions. Well done!
Enjoy this terrific video from Toyo Tires recapping the action: