NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires Saturday Winners
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) awarded Championship trophies in 11 classes today at the NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires running at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.
Group A (American Iron, American Iron Xtreme, Super Touring)
Super Touring 2 was taken by Karim Alex Talbot (Streamwood, ILL) in his No. 421 Chevrolet Corvette. Talbot was also the overall race winner of Group A to kick-off the NASA Championships weekend.
"The Hoosier A6s in the dry were the perfect choice, I don't know why the other guys chose wets," Talbot said. "I want to thank DTE, Automechnica.com, Hoosier and Petfinder.com. If you are looking for a pet got to Petfinder.com. It was tricky at first, super slippery. A local worker told me it was going to dry out, so we went with a dry set-up and that proved to be the way to go."
In American Iron Xtreme Chris Griswold (Helenville, Wis.) made easy work of the American Iron Xtreme (AIX) race. Griswold started from pole and drove his No. 71 Ford Mustang to a second consecutive AIX championship win.
"It was a little hairy at the beginning, in the middle and at the end," Griswold said. "The restart was interesting. I had no heat in my slick tires and the guys went around me. It took me three laps to work back through the field. The track started to dry and the slicks were the right call at the end. I was running fast laps at the end. This makes me a five-time NASA Champion, the last four years and in 2007 as well."
The American Iron race was fast and furious at the beginning under drying track conditions. Dean Martin (Westland, Mich.), in the No. 50 Ford Mustang took the lead from pole and never looked back as possible contenders like Chris Cobetto went off track in wet conditions. Despite a full-course caution period to bunch the field, Martin took the win to become a four-time NASA Championship winner.
"I went out on full tread Toyo Tires," Martin said. "I figured if was wet, and even if it dried the Toyos don't change that much. My thought was to get a 20-30-second lead on the guys who were on dry tires. I knew it was going to dry up. I was playing the odds that as it dried up I wouldn't give up that much. I had the time in the bank as it dried out. The Ford Mustang ran