Everything You Wanted to Know About NASA Championships

Launched in 2006, the NASA Championships is one of the marquee events of the National Auto Sport Association. The Championship event provides NASA racers around the country the definitive platform for showcasing their driving talent, their attention to detail and their devotion to the sport. Only when all three of those elements come together can they hope to have a shot at being crowned a NASA National Champion.

To become a NASA Champion, everything must come together to conquer the very best amateur racing drivers in the country. Error-free driving is a must. Exceptional preparation is key, and a bit of good luck certainly helps.

To give competitors across the country the opportunity to compete at the highest level of amateur motorsports, the NASA Championships moves each year to a different track. From “bucket list” tracks such as Circuit of The Americas to the legendary venues of American road racing such as Virginia International Raceway, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the NASA Championships is the ultimate stage.

The 16th annual NASA Championships will take place Sept. 15-18, 2022 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County, California.

In keeping with its tradition of moving the NASA Championships to the finest racing venues in the United States, the National Auto Sport Association has announced that the 2022 NASA Championships will take place Sept. 15-18, 2022, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County, Calif.

NASA was the first amateur racing organization to pioneer the idea of moving its Championships event from year to year, and it has chosen to return to the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, a facility that first welcomed the NASA Championships in 2015.

“WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is one of a handful of iconic road race courses in the United States,” said NASA Vice President, Jeremy Croiset. “The track itself is one of the most challenging in the country, but when you consider the history of sports car racing on the Monterey Peninsula, that’s when you begin to understand its status as an icon. We loved racing there in 2015, and we’re really excited to return in 2022.”

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NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires.

2021 Racing Requirements

  • Five points paying races (or competing at 3 weekends).
  • Up to two TT points days count towards two of the 5 races
  • Enduro of any length three hours or more counts as two races
  • Any registered team member planning to compete must complete the qualifications individually.

2021 Time Trial Requirements

  • Four TT points days
  • Racers who also want to compete in TT must meet the racing requirements plus the TT requirements. If utilizing two TT points days to qualify for racing requirements only an additional two TT points days are required to meet the TT requirements.

No. You can register and then meet the requirements through out the remainder of the season.

The track limit for TT is the large white line present on much of the track. In the bus stop, the track limit is the “turtles” if they are present, and the dirt/grass if they are not there.

Easy Pay Option ($299) is NOT refundable. You may cancel but your deposit is forfeit.

A Competitor may withdraw from the event and receive a refund by giving written notice of cancellation via email, no later than August 31st, 2021. The entry fee amount minus a $95 handling fee will be refunded. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Send cancellation notification to [email protected].

We will close registration on August 31st. All drivers who are registered by that time will be able to compete in their class so long as there are 3 drivers or more. If there are less than 3 drivers on August 31st the drivers will be contacted and given the option to switch classes or withdraw from the event. If drivers had more than 3 participants in their class at the two week mark but then in the two weeks leading up to the event other drivers cancel or switch classes we will allow all drivers that want to remain in that class (even if there are less than 3) to compete in their class. All drivers that switched or cancelled within the 2 weeks who did not actually drive at the event will be listed in the results as DNS or DNF. Any class changes after August 31st will require approval from the event director and the ST/TT director.

Whoever registers first will be granted rights to the number. If there are duplicate numbers that need to be addressed you will each receive an email stating who signed up first along with a request for the other participant to change their number.

Yes. They can be purchased on the registration page.

Paved RV Lot – Includes power and water:

$149 – 40’X20′ includes power and water – 1 Space

$249 – 40’X40′ includes power and water – 2 Spaces

$329 – 40’X60′ includes power and water – 3 Spaces

$399 – 40’X80′ includes power and water – 4 Spaces

See a map of the RV lot HERE

Anyone who arrives on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday prior to registration opening will need to stage in the grass lot just inside of Gate 40 off of S. Williamson Blvd. There is no power or water available. Plan accordingly.

Move in will begin on Wednesday afternoon. Registration will open at 12:00pm. Priority entry will begin at 1pm and regular entry will begin at 3pm.

The NASA Registration building is located at Gate 40. It is on the left side as you pull through the gate. All participants and crew (and any guests of participants) will need to stop there to pick up wristbands, credentials and welcome packs. A spectator will simply need to reference your name at check in and they will receive a spectator wristband for entry. 

Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you arrive outside the hours NASA registration is open, you will be required to park in the grass field at Gate 40 and wait until the NASA registration trailer opens to pick up the required credentials to enter the infield. After you receive your credentials, you will be able to access/leave the facility at any time during the event. Please plan your arrivals accordingly.

Competitors will be permitted to stay at the facility on Sunday night if needed. You will be asked to move from your paddock space inside the facility back into the grass lot next to gate 40. You must leave gate 40 by 12pm on Monday the 20th. 

Yes. There is no power or water hookups, and the shower houses are not close. There will be one gate open in each garage area overnight. Once the track goes cold, the gate staff will not man it. It will be overnight roaming security and night watch on site. It’s up to the participants to police themselves in the garages.

A mandatory race drivers meeting will be held in the tech garages at 6:30pm Thursday evening after the test day concludes. TT drivers are encouraged to attend, but are not required. The Tech Garages are open blue garages 1-11. The Mandatory TT drivers meeting will be on Friday at 2:45pm at the Media Center. 

If you are headed to the NASA Championships and you want your tires delivered to your home or shop in advance, place your order with NASA’s official retailer If you would like to pick your tires up at the track, please order from Appalachian Race Tire.

For more information and ordering, please use the Web and telephone contact information below.

Appalachian Race Tire – 865-681-6622 – 239-789-6179

Sunoco Racing Fuels are available at Daytona International Speedway located next to the blue garages. You will also see Sunoco pumps next to the yellow garages, but those will not be open. 98 unleaded and 112 leaded will be available. Both fuels are $9 per gallon and available via cash or credit card. Hours for the pumps are listed below.

Wednesday: 1pm – 6pm

Thursday: 7am – 6pm

Friday: 7am – 6pm

Saturday: 7am – 6pm

Sunday: 7am – 5pm

Yes, but they must be on a leash. Not allowed inside of the garages.

Yes. Golf Cart reservations can be made by contacting National Carts at 800-940-8068. Please let them know it is for NASA Championships at Daytona.

Yes. You must fill out an application for a permit and pay the $250 Daytona fee. If you need an application please email [email protected]

 If competitors are on site and able to sign for the items, then the address to Gate 40 is 257 S. Williamson Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

If items are being sent and group/individual is not on site to accept, then it will need to go to the mailroom. Address is 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Anything going to the mailroom must have a contact name, phone number and NASA event listed on the label. The mailroom is not on the property so competitors must be able to pick-up on their own.  Hours of the mailroom are Mon- Friday 8:30am- 4pm, it is not open weekends.  If competitors need to pick up on Sat or Sun then they should arrange for it to be sent and held at the local FedEx and UPS locations in Daytona Beach.

NASA and Daytona are taking the safety of staff and competitors very seriously. We will be implementing Daytona International Speedway’s COVID protocols, which will require masks/face coverings while in any indoor space. This will include the media center, registration, driver info, control/timing, etc. Outside areas we will encourage everyone to socially distance while discouraging hugs, shaking hands, etc. Please be responsible and keep the safety of everyone around you in mind as we take on this MASSIVE event with a lot of different comfort levels. Most importantly, we must employ these measures to continue operating the event.

This year we are heavily promoting this event to non NASA spectators and expect to have many on site during the event. With this in mind, please take special precautions to secure your belongings during the event.  Tickets have been printed and handed out all over the Daytona area. Anyone who shows up and does not know a registered NASA competitor will be asked to present their entry ticket and pay $20 for a parking pass. This will not apply to your family and guests. They will need to check in at our registration trailer and reference your name. They will then be provided a spectator wristband and parking pass free of charge.


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