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Hey Gang,

I've gotten a lot of questions and a lot of interest already about what NASA NorCal's SM and SSM programs will be this year. Here are some facts that I hope will answer any questions you have and will encourage you to come out to run with NASA this year!

1 - NASA NorCal will be running the new SSM class *as defined by the NASA SSM rules*. The SFR SSM class is something different, so you can't just simply cross over to NASA SSM unless you meet all of the NASA SSM requirements. Please check the NASA SSM rules - the differences are very easy to pick out. Note - we are working on trying to make the NASA and SFR SSM classes compatible for those who like the idea and want to cross over.

2 - Since the engine dyno and sealing details are not yet worked out, the first SSM races in February will be non-points races and no sealing will be required. You must still meet all of the other rules for SSM (e.g. exhaust, airbox, camber, etc.)

3 - There will not be any SM Money Races in 2009. While we still consider the 2008 season to be a success, the money just didn't generate the big car counts to justify the expense. However, Toyo has confirmed that they will recognize SSM and pay out their usual (very generous) Toyo Bucks contingency for the top finishers in each SSM race.

4 - SM, SSM and Spec E-30 will share a run group for qualifying and races at NorCal NASA. This worked well at the end of last year. Qualifying will be combined, but the race starts will be separated (SM and SSM together) from Spec E-30 so that few cars will encounter cars from the other class.

5 - I think it is worth mentioning that SSM will be a class at the NASA Nationals to be held at Miller in Utah this year. For those who want to be part of a Big Show but for whom the Runoffs seems out of reach, this might be your opportunity to participate!

Any questions, don't hesitate to PM me or give me a call on 415-203-0456.

Cheers!

Dean

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Jason Holland Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Thanks Dean!

J

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Thanks for the info Dean. So what does it take to qualify for Nats?

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It couldn't be easier:

1) The driver must earn points in at least five official races (not weekends).

2) Mixing of any national classes is allowed.

3) Once minimum qualifications are earned, drivers may compete in multiple classes at the National Championships.

4) At least four entries must be received by September 1st, 2009 for a class to be eligible.

So, if you doubled up and ran in PTE and SM you could get 4 races just in one weekend.

Cheers,

Dean

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Thanks for answering all the questions I hadn't yet gotten around to asking you, Dean! I was hoping for some money races to match up with races to qualify for the big show, but it's still an easy deal. I'm really tempted to head to Utah if we could get a good gang together. Cheers!

JD

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So who is coming this weekend?!?!

I'll be racing in SE30 which will share the track with you guys.

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Will Faules
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Get a run at it!!!

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Molaps spec miata will be there! Did you paint a target on your car, Will, or can you just tell us the color and number of your car? [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

Will Spec E30 be doing a standing start with the drivers standing in front of the cars?

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I'll be there!
(sans race car, just hanging out)


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quote:
Originally posted by dtfastbear:
Molaps spec miata will be there! Did you paint a target on your car, Will, or can you just tell us the color and number of your car? [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Will Spec E30 be doing a standing start with the drivers standing in front of the cars?

I put the target on my front bumper to make it harder for you to get to... Hopefully you don't get to it... [Smile]

If I had anything to do with it we would do LeMans starts!!! [Smile] [Smile]

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Will Faules
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Get a run at it!!!

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I'll be there this weekend with my new car! No target on my car..please...

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It'll be great to see you, Dion! I'm looking forward to seeing the new car, too.

We currently have 10 cars signed up for SM this weekend.

Given the current forecast, I hope everyone has R888 rains mounted!

Who's doing the test day on Friday? Laura is planning to run our car.

Cheers,

Dean

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Feel free to give me the smack down.

I made plans with the g/f for Valentines Day before the schedule came out. Trust me, I tried. I also tried that, and when that didn't work, I tried to reason with her. When that didn't work, I tried that other thing, it didn't work either.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jeremy Pike:
Feel free to give me the smack down.

I made plans with the g/f for Valentines Day before the schedule came out. Trust me, I tried. I also tried that, and when that didn't work, I tried to reason with her. When that didn't work, I tried that other thing, it didn't work either.

My hands are tied as well, but I hope to catch you guys later at a Thunderhill race or two!

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I took my wife out for an early Valentines dinner Saturday, so I am ok for this weekend. I will be there on Friday and if it's raining I will probably get in a little testing.

Kevin

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I'll check out all the SM racing action on Saturday from Turn 2. Cold beer in hand. Will try to get out there Sunday as well...

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Ryan G. #29
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Oh come on Ryan, bring out the car!

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Racing at Miller is a blast...you guys will have fun!

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Kim

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wow that was fast!

I had no idea the season had already started. I was just about to ask for results when I realized that the race is next weekend, not this past... silly me.

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I'm going to be there with my two other team mates Dave Anderson and Dick Avril.
First time on the new R888's. Is there a entry list posted?.
See you at the track


Michael Niemann
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DG will be there as well....Look forward to seeing you all at the track and in the padock

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Here's who we've got so far:

Bill Brown MD
Bruce Pendleton
Dan Mairani
David Anderson
Dennis Clark
Dion Johnson
Kevin Wirth
Michael Niemann
Richard Avril
Laura Thomas
Dan Gehringer

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How many of those are in the new SSM class?

Also, what is NASA fuel rule? Is it really 91 octane pump limit, or is it just "pump"? ex. 100 octane works.

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I'll be there too, looking forward to some wet conditions!

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2007 NASA 25 hours of Thunderhill E2 Champion (Crew Chief)
2008 NASA 25 hours of Thunderhill E2 Champion (Driver)
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Ill see you guys there

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Al Angulo
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