With all the excitement surrounding Spec Miata at this year’s NASA Championships at Circuit of the Americas, it would be easy to overlook some of the other classes. But there will be plenty of good racing there as well, and plenty of Mazda contenders in the mix.
The first united NASA Championships in several years — the organization has conducted both Eastern and Western Championships since 2014 — this year’s event will feature the largest entry in the Mazda-powered NP01 prototype class yet seen at a Championships. With most of the competitors not seeing each other during the season, it’s tough to compare. Two to watch out for are Texas resident James Strader, who won at the NASA race at COTA in May – and was the only starter in two of three races – and NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset, who finished second in last year’s Western States championship at Thunderhill.