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Speed News May 2017

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Registration Opens for the 12th Annual NASA Championships The 2017 NASA Championship tour begins with a visit to beautiful Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif., on Oct. 5-8, 2017 for the NASA Western States Championships presented by Toyo Tires. This Northern California facility, regarded by many as one of the best racetracks in the country, is sure to thrill during this NASA Championships weekend. This raceway will test the skills of the best NASA competitors from the West as they battle to see who will be crowned a NASA Champion!  Will it be you? We then turn our attention east as we travel to world-famous Sebring International Raceway for the NASA Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires on Oct. 19-22, 2017. Set in Sebring, Fla., this historic raceway is America’s oldest road course, with more than six decades of history. Sebring has played host to some of the greatest names in motorsports. Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, Bruce McLaren, Hans Stuck, Tom Kristensen, all previous race winners at this amazingly challenging raceway! Come be a part of that legacy and vie for a NASA Championship title! Register for the 2017 Western States Championships here: www.nasaproracing.com/events/2590 Register for the 2017 EAstern States Championships here: www.nasaproracing.com/events/2591 MotorGospel Partners with Dealership to Combat Street Racing MotorGospel Ministries is pleased to announce it is partnering with Los Angeles-based Rydell Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in cooperation with MotorGospel Ministries and the National Auto Sport Association by offering one day of extreme driving instruction at Auto Club Speedway, free with any new Dodge Hellcat purchased from Rydell between April 14 and 21.  The idea came about in a conversation with veteran racing announcer Bob Beck after a racers panel discussion sponsored by MotorGospel in cooperation with the LAPD Central Traffic Division Street Racing Task Force. “Bob and I were bemoaning the fact that unlike organized illegal street races, the impromptu speed-related incident on the freeway is virtually impossible to predict, but just as deadly or even more so,” said MotorGospel president, pastor Aaron Schwartzbart. “Bob suggested that anybody buying a high-horsepower car should be encouraged to get a day of training at the racetrack to see how quickly control can be lost with irreparable consequences. It has been my experience as a three-time champion racecar driver and driving instructor that a little track time goes a long way when it comes to producing sober, mature drivers.” For more information, visit: www.motorgospel.org Simpson Recalls Voyager 2 Helmets have been reported from the field in nine months of use, but in the interest of racing safety, it is proactively recalling these products and providing customers with a safe resolution. This recall applies to the Snell SA 2015 Voyager 2 model only, sizes extra small – large, with manufacturing dates in 2016 only, the only sizes sold and available to date. It does not apply to any other Simpson helmet models with Voyager in the name. It is only the Snell SA 2015 Voyager 2 helmet. Simpson advises customers to stop racing with its Snell SA 2015 Voyager 2 helmet. Call 1-800-654-7223 or email V2Helmet@teamsimpson.com to receive a return authorization form for your helmet. Ask National QWhat happens to track records when a particular class changes its spec tire? AIt varies by region. For example, regions such as Southern California and Northern California do not officially keep class records, but some series leaders might document them for a particular class. Other regions such as Great Lakes, Midwest, Southeast, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Rocky Mountain maintain a database of track records based on racetrack configurations, and let the chips fall where they may for rule or equipment changes, as well as track resurfacing or new curbing, all of which can affect overall lap times. Realistically, over time all track records fall as tracks, tire compounds, equipment and drivers improve. QMy medical expires halfway through this season. Do I need to renew it before the second half of the season, or can I wait till this season is over? AYour license becomes invalid the day after the shown Medical Expiration date on your license. You can wait, but you can’t race with an invalid license. Do you have a question for NASA National staff? Send them to SpeedNewsEditor@drivenasa.com. SN

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