The 2018 race season was a good year for the team. We went back to our roots of road racing with NASA (National Auto Sport Association). We learned a lot about our GT350 in terms of getting the chassis and aero dialed in, which was able to be transferred over into the ’65. Our end goal was getting both cars ready to travel down to Circuit of the America’s (COTA) in September for the NASA National Championship, and a chance to compete against the top cars in the US.
Between the two cars, we had a very successful year. We had three events at Mid-Ohio, one at Pitt Race Complex, and then ended the year at COTA for the Championships. In all the weekends preparing for the Championships, we were able to come home with 17 wins out 18 and another a track record at Pitt Race.
Our last event of the year was at COTA for the National Championships. Brian entered his GT350 in Super Unlimited and Time Trial Unlimited, while Paul entered his 1965 Mustang in American Iron Xtreme.
With practice and qualifying over, Brian went out Sunday morning for his TTU run. He was on pace to win the TTU Championship but unfortunately, a small oil mist flared up and burned a wire on the second last turn of the lap. He barely finished the lap before the car shut off, but still was able to secure 2nd place in the Time Trial Unlimited National Championship.
With less than 30 minutes until the Super Unlimited and American Iron Extreme Championship race there was no time to repair Brian’s car. Paul decided to let Brian race his ’65 in the AIX class. Because of the driver change Brian was required to start the race last in class. Although Brian had not been in the car in over a year, he drove a great race, reset the track record, and added his first NASA Race National Championship along with his TTU National Championship from 2016.
At the end of the event, PAE brought home it’s 12th NASA National Championship, and it’s 6th podium as well with Brian’s 2ndin TTU.
The quality workmanship and attention to detail that we put into our race program is the same as every customer receives no matter how big or small the job.