NASA Racing: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana: Day 1

This weekend I had the chance to race with NASA aka National Auto Sport Assn. My previous experience there was not a good one when I was blindsided by a BMW and totaled my last RX7. This experience was unfortunately not good aswell. To start off, the organization of the pre-grid and also the workers was poor to say the least. There was hardly anyone directing race traffic on the grid, leaving drivers to fend for themselves, hoping they were going to the right place. Another thing was the racing etiquette was horrible: people not holding their racing lines, not acknowledging yellow flags, and dive bombing other cars through turns. Now Enough of the belittling of NASA. There were some good things I did like: the way NASA classed the racecars was very interesting, and also, the turnout of racers and spectators was fantastic.

The day started early in the morning, driving to tech.

The day started early in the morning, driving to tech.

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In addition to the races, there was also an HPDE going on. Here, a Boss 302 sits, waiting to be driven

In addition to the races, there was also an HPDE going on. Here, a Boss 302 sits, waiting to be driven

Riding on my skateboard (soon after I was chewed out by an official for riding it) I saw an M3 driving by so I snapped a shot of it.

Riding on my skateboard (soon after I was chewed out by an official for riding it) I saw an M3 driving by so I snapped a shot of it.

Pitted next to the Mariah Motorsports trailer was 7's Only Racing, taking care of their driver, who pulled up in this beauty.

Pitted next to the Mariah Motorsports trailer was 7’s Only Racing, taking care of their driver, who pulled up in this beauty.

Tires waiting to be mounted.

Tires waiting to be mounted.

There were some cool cars that came out for the HPDE. This Cobra just happened to roll by.

There were some cool cars that came out for the HPDE. This Cobra just happened to roll by.

I could hear the the wastegate on this turbo Supra from a mile away. This Supra had a pretty good race, dicing it up with an M3 the whole time.

I could hear the the wastegate on this turbo Supra from a mile away. This Supra had a pretty good race, dicing it up with an M3 the whole time.

There were about 4 Porsche 911's rolling around the paddock this weekend, including this white one, sitting pretty at the end of Garage 2.

There were about 4 Porsche 911’s rolling around the paddock this weekend, including this white one, sitting pretty at the end of Garage 2.

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Literally this whole garage was full of M3's

Literally this whole garage was full of M3’s

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Amidst the BMWs, I spotted a couple of R35's on the outskirts of the paddocks.

Amidst the BMWs, I spotted a couple of R35’s on the outskirts of the paddocks.

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Porsche.

Porsche.

After finishing the race, I noticed my brakes were shuttering. I thought I had just warped the rotors but I was wrong. I cracked both of my front brake rotors, and because I had forgot to bring them in the trailer and I couldn't source any (the closed ones were 2 days away), I had drive home to Santa Barbara if I planned to race the next day.

After finishing the race, I noticed my brakes were shuttering. I thought I had just warped the rotors but I was wrong. I cracked both of my front brake rotors, and because I had forgot to bring them in the trailer and I couldn’t source any (the closed ones were 2 days away), I had drive home to Santa Barbara if I planned to race the next day.

Ending the first day with a win in PTF, I was bumped up to PTE for the race on Sunday.

Ending the first day with a win in PTF, I was bumped up to PTE for the race on Sunday.

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