Coming up this month - don't miss our only visit to MAM for 2014
Service Automotive Endurance Series Round 1
Saturday afternoon pursuit race
Maximum track time for all groups
Saturday awards party for all
Driver Profile - Neil Kohler
Car/Class: 2003 Nissan 350z/HPDE 3
NASA Central: Tell us where you live and about your job/employment?
I live in Columbia, Missouri. By day I am a Network Engineer for University of Missouri. I also own my own home small business "Kohler Creative and Consulting" with my wife. We provide website design, branding, and development, as well as small to medium business IT services and consulting.
NASA Central: What was your first track car and what are your future driving/competition plans?
My first track car is my current track car, my 2003 Nissan 350z. I prepped this car before NASA Spec-Z existed so it is over-modified for that class and will be suitable for one of the NASA ST classes. My current goals are to get comfortable in HPDE4 and when approved, obtain my competition license and experience some wheel to wheel racing.
NASA Central: What do you enjoy most about NASA?
What initially drew me to NASA was how well my car would fit in to their racing classes as well as the flexibility of their classing rules. What kept me coming back to NASA events was how motivated the NASA Central staff, volunteers, and instructors were in helping me achieve my goals, rather than forcing me through a pre-defined process. I have yet to attend an event where someone isn't actively asking if I feel as if I am progressing toward my goals.
NASA Central Note:
Neil has progressed quickly through HPDE and is on his way to gaining the needed experience in HPDE 4 before jumping into Comp School. We expect Neil to be racing in ST3 before the year ends.
NASA Central saw the largest turnout yet at the opener this season, with 110 drivers from four different NASA regions hitting the track last month. 12 track records across the TT and Race groups, and a lot of very close racing action. The HPDE group swelled to over 35 cars, including 10 new HPDE 1 drivers.
Congratulations to our Comp School graduates pictured:
Bryan Cohn - Chief of Driver Development, NASA Cental
Kathi Jorgensen - Chief Registrar, NASA MW
Thanks for the great time to all who were there, enjoy the pictures linked below and race specific recaps.
Our first event of the season is behind us and I could not be happier at the way it turned out. Lots of new faces, cars, and best of all no snow. Thanks to Izzy's for helping design the great trophies, they were obviously a hit. Every event is a team effort and could not happen without the help of all the volunteers and drivers who pitch in when we need a hand. Special thanks to Doug and McKenzie Low and Rob Vonk for stepping in to help us cook 50 lbs of spaghetti and 50 lbs of meatballs for the party Saturday night. Look for more great meals and trophies at our next event and all Central region events of 2014.
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