The September 13-16 NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires, the first united championship for the organization in several years, attracted a record number of entries to Circuit of The Americas. Boasting more than 450 entries from across the country, the event was poised to bring fantastic racing – and it didn’t fail to deliver.
“There’s no better place than COTA to bring back the combined event as a single NASA National Championships,” said NASA Texas Regional Director Will Faules. “COTA Vice President Eric Paradis has been totally instrumental in not only getting NASA Texas regional events here, but also putting on this huge national championship. I’m really pleased with how the event turned out, and we’re grateful for everyone at COTA for helping us make it happen.”
The weekend of racing was packed with the kind of competition that only a singular national championship event can bring, including a stellar Spec Miata race for a massive purse provisionally won by Chris Haldeman on Saturday. On Sunday, the green flag flew on the rest of the championship races, with several Mazda drivers coming out on top.
Performance Touring D racer Brett Westcott didn’t enter the event with a Mazda, but he ended up winning in one. He knows firsthand about the NASA spirit of helping others as a fellow competitor let him use his car, which Westcott powered to a national championship.
“We’ve been trying for five years and we only get it done when my car doesn’t work and a fellow competitor lets me use their car,” Westcott said with a laugh. “It’s that spirit of NASA, right? It’s the racers that will do anything, they’ll give you their extra car, they’ll help you set it up, they’ll throw their own tires on it.”