Local Racer Wins NASA Eastern States Championships
Aaron Michelet of Winter Park, Fla., won the Performance Touring C class in late October at the National Auto Sport Association Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires.
The auto race featured more than 200 top amateur drivers from 18 states at Sebring International Raceway competing in various classes. The 12th annual NASA Championships is the culmination of a season that started in January for many of the drivers.
“That was crazy,” Michelet said. “It’s everything my dad and I have been working for and I can’t thank him enough for giving me a great car. And Mazda and Hoosier Tires, for giving me a great contingency, I can’t even put into words how I feel right now.”
Racing included two days of qualifying on the 3.74-mile-long track to set the grid for the Championships, which took place Sunday, October 22. NASA is one of the largest grassroots racing organizations in the United States, with numerous drivers moving on to the professional ranks.
Winning a Championship in one the 25 classes at the Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires is a major accomplishment, said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s director of business development.
“All our drivers put in a lot of hard work this year just to get to the Championships, and they drove their hearts out over the weekend,” Croiset said. “Championships are earned, not given, and our guys definitely earned their place in the record books.”
The National Auto Sport Association was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the United States. NASA has created programs that allow owners of racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High-Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.