On the second Saturday in September, NASA AZ put on their monthly track day at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. This time, instead of running the East Track, drivers took to the West Track for some early morning racing. The weather turned out to be quite mild for the time of year, as it was mostly overcast with temperatures hovering in the high 80’s. This made for a great day of driving and spectating (oh, and photography). The turn out for this event was very pleasing. Drivers from all experience levels showed up to run their stock daily such as WRX’s, Mustangs, Camaros, and even a Prius, to fully built race cars such as Austin Newmark’s purple Mazda Miata and Ritch Marziale and his Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. The gates opened at 4am for racers to begin their registration and tech inspection, with the first group [...]
How many of you remember when the only cars on the market boasting 300 horsepower and all-wheel drive were either a Subaru with an engine that had a pancake fetish, or a Mitsubishi with an anime wing that wasn’t a television set? Aside from Pepperidge Farm, nearly most of us born before the turn of the century can relate. Today, after seventeen years, the market for all-wheel drive performance sedans seems saturated.
On June 3rd, racers took to the track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to push their cars to the limit on their East Track. The 1.25 mile road course allowed HPDE, Time Attack, and Time Trial racers to stretch their cars legs for NASA’s condensed schedule event. With the Arizona summer in full swing, it was crucial to keep the cars cool and prevent catastrophic overheating. Track gates opened at 4am for racers to begin with their registration and tech inspection. The first group of racers took to the track promptly at 6am. Since this event was only a half day event, opposed to the usual full day or even two-day event, the turnout for all racers was quite spectacular. All groups with varying experience levels led to an abundance of racers showing up, making for some great racing variety and plenty of cars to see. With each group getting 15-20 minutes of track [...]
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Hot Import Nights Saturday June 3rd 2017 hosted at West World Scottsdale Arizona. Roll-in times for the show were said to be around noon that Saturday, but I showed up a bit before noon and was welcomed by an already long line to be let into the venue.
Last weekend, NAA Arizona held their annual club event adjacent to Luke Air Force Base at Arizona Motorsports Park. The two-day event brought beginners and experienced drivers together for the love of speed and the opportunity to push their cars to the limit.
It was at that moment, we instantly knew it was show time as the first car left the start line and headed into the first turn of this long drift layout. Our local Arizona drivers meant business claiming the top two positions. Qualifying 1st with 91 points was Austin Kregle in his 1995 Nissan 240sx S14, fresh with a Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap. Kregle worked up until the last minute to ensure his car was properly prepped for Round 1 of competition. With almost zero seat time with the new powerplant, Kregle proved himself a skilled driver as he blazed the track with style and set the bar for the remainder of the competition. For second place qualifier, Nick Gross with his fresh S14 set a strong score of 88 points. After battling engine gremlins in the last rounds of competition in 2016, Nick came back even more determined to earn a shot at [...]