Welcome to the 2016 season!
By now many of you are dragging the racecars out from under the tarps and starting to get them ready to rumble. Some are building new and some are fixing old. Like a bear in spring our competitive bug has reawakened in many of us. Thoughts of last seasons metal to metals have turned to thoughts of wins. I encourage everyone to take a look at whats going on this season because its going to be kick ass!
Contingency has expanded this year. Toyo will again be supporting the pony cars for both regional and national level contingency. Ford Racing Performance Parts has again resigned to support late model mustang racers. Hawk has resigned as well but now allows you to combine contingency! For more contingency offers and info visit: https://www.nasaproracing.com/contingencies
The 2016 rule packages are out. PLEASE READ THEM! Spec Iron and American Iron Extreme have only had minor clarifications and adjustments. American Iron has mostly had limited adjustments as well however new AERO limits have been put in place. One item to be aware of for all three series is that the driver is now responsible for ensuring the car is setup for all dyno compliance tests. Officials will NOT be working on your cars. Please make sure your ride is compliant in all aspects. 2016 rules can be found here: https://www.nasaproracing.com/rules 2016 marked up rules can be found here: http://nasaponycars.com/Rules.html
Regional leadership changes:
Jeff Demetri has taken over the ropes in the Central region, Jason Lakomiak has taken on both the mid west and great lakes regions as the two have combined, Wesley Dearing has taken on the mid atlantic region, Rob Capetz has taken on the California region and AJ hartmann the northeast region.
Great Lakes Region. For 2016 the Mid West and Great Lakes Regions have combined into the Great Lakes Region. This will expand the schedule and bring higher car counts to each series. Jay Andrew has been running both regions for several years and will continue to run combined Great Lakes Region. Jason Lakomiak will be the AI/AIX/SI series director for the combined region. In 2015 there was great competition in the AI class. The year was highlighted by a 0.038 sec win by Mickey Remen at Road America! Possibly the closest finish ever in AI! In total four races were decided by a less than a second. The year ended with a non-points 50 minute race that turned into a 4 way fight for the lead. AI cars were 2 wide and 3 deep with out of class traffic. The lead changed 4 times until a double yellow stretched out the field. Todd Rogers got the win and Elliott Fisher set the Mid Ohio club course track record on the very last lap of the race trying to chase down Jason Lakomiak.
Northeast Region. Last season we saw probably the best overall turnout of American Iron racers to date. Its great to see the class growing for several reasons. Contingency prizes are much better with more racers, along with good racing throughout the field. There were good turn outs at just about every event throughout the season which promoted good racing along with good competition. American Iron had the closest battle for the regional championship out of all the classes. Dan Carlson and Eric Fuehrer went into the final weekend only 5 points apart! It was a good battle to watch Saturday as the racing was close with Dan not far ahead of Eric. Dan swapped on new tires and was able to pull away for the win on Sunday, along with sealing the regional championship. Eric finished second only 20pts behind, and John Pattman took third. AiX also had some good numbers during the season as well with John Michael Stillwagon taking the championship, Scott Chambers in second, and Stephen Tomasso taking third.
California Region. Things are shaping up on the west coast. Years back the California region had many serious racers in the pony car classes however recently participation has been on the decline, like the change in tides the region is on the up swing. 9 Ai racers entered for the first 2016 event and with some attrition 7 Ai racers made for a great weekend. The regional director Rob Capetz has put together an email list to keep racers up on the current happenings. To get on the list please send him an email at: [email protected]
2016 Nationals. This year the West coast nationals will be held at Buttonwillow raceway October 13-16, 2016 while the East coast nationals will be held at Watkins Glen September 22-25, 2016. For more info please visit: http://nasachampionships.com/
As always your questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. Contact info can be found here: http://nasaponycars.com/Contact_Information.html
Thanks and have a great season. Al Watson.
#70 Nasa AIX/AI/SI National Director