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Wednesday, February 13, 2013. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

   
No lone star in Texas this weekend.

 

Saturday Jersey Podium
Jim Stout will be back at TWS to defend his 2012 GT-U Championship. � NARRA

R U Faster Than a Redneck TV show contestant Jeremy Rohrs debuts in the Whelen USTTC, and a trio of champions return for the opening round of the 2013 US GT Championship, as the Lone Star State plays host to the stars of the North American Road Racing Association (Feb 15-17). 
 
Come Friday, the thundering sounds of high-horsepower American muscle, screaming European exotics and the whistling wastegates of boosted imports will once again invade Texas World Speedway, College Station, for Rounds 1 & 2 of NARRA's US GT Championship and Whelen US TimeTrial Championship. However the wild machinery won't be the only attraction as a star studded lineup takes part in both series. 
 
This weekend the US GT Championship will feature no less than three current class champions and and a number of former race winners. Driving his iconic purple Arrow Racing Engines Dodge Viper Comp Coupe, 2012 GT-Unlimited champ Jim Stout, from Ohio, will commence his campaign to retain his crown as will Texan Ron Farmer (US LED Chevrolet Corvette Z06), the 2012 GT-3 champ. 
 
Meanwhile, back-to-back GT-2 champion Steve Loudin steps up to the GT-1 class this year after the Illinois driver converted his gold Tricel Honeycomb Viper Comp Coupe. He'll be up against two formidable locals, Dan Knox (Performance SpeedTech Viper ACR-X) and twice 2012 TWS podium finisher, Eric Galerne (American Racing Tech Viper ACR-X). 
 
Loudin's old sparring partner, Ohio's Kathy Stout (Oakley Cool Shirt Viper Comp Coupe) has another Comp Coupe to contend with in GT-2 class this year, that of Oklahoma's Tom Atherton. 
 
Cutting his teeth will be Alabama's Brian Leonard in his family's GT-U race winning yellow SpeedSouth Active Power Racing Corvette Z06. However, as well as contending with class champ Jim Stout, he'll also be up against last year's Sunday race winning Performance SpeedTech prepared Viper GTS of Texan David Fiorelli. 
 
The competition in the Whelen US TimeTrial Championship presented by South Side Performance promises to be just as fierce, as imports face off with the best the US has to offer in what has been described as a "perfect preview" to the series premiere of Speed TV's new show, R U Faster Than A Redneck. Battling against top time-attack driver and show contestant Jeremy Rohrs, and the same 540whp South Side Performance Nissan GT-R that featured in the TV series, will be a myriad of Vettes, Vipers, and more. 
 
Outright and TT-1 class track lap record holders Troy and T.J. Messer (Troy's Transmission Corvette Z06) will be tough to beat, as will fellow Texan and TT-U lap record holder Paul Costas (BinkiniRacer.com Chevrolet Camaro). 
 
2012 TT-U class champion, Arizona's Jeff Bawden (Good Neighbor Support Services Viper SRT-10) will also provide strong competition in the no-holds-barred Unlimited class as will the Corvette Z06 of Alabama's Tom Fisher, which features a newly developed SpeedSouth paddle shift and sequential gearbox. In TT-2 the benchmark is again expected to be last year's champ, Missouri's Michael Perkins (Target Air Conditioning Corvette Z06).
 
Two other cars to keep an eye on in the Whelen USTTC this weekend are actually the most unassuming. Two Mazda Miatas are entered at the hands of two Texans, Chris Croninger and John Roberts. But don't be fooled, these wolves in sheep's clothing have V8s mounted under the hood and both are capable of winning class as Croninger did last year, setting the TT-3 lap record. 
 
Entries for both series are still open. The event commences Friday with practice, with a round for each of the two championships taking place both on both Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Even novice drivers without any racing or time-trial experience can get out on track. NARRA offers both one-on-one instruction and 'solo' sessions for all high-end and high-performance road car owners in its acclaimed US Performance Driver Education program.

 

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2013 NARRA Calendar 

 

Feb 15-17   Texas World Speedway - College Station, TX
  
Apr 12-14   Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA
   
May 3-5      Carolina Motorsports Park - Kershaw, SC
    
June 7-9     New Jersey Motorsports Park - Millville, NJ 
    
July 12-14  Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA
    
Aug 16-18  Pitt Race (formerly Beaver Run) - Wampum, PA 
      
Sep 6-8      Monticello Motor Club - Monticello, NY 
     
Oct 2-5       American Le Mans Series at VIR - Alton, VA
     
Nov 22-24  Sebring International Raceway - Sebring, FL
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R U Faster Than a Redneck will feature the Whelen USTTC's Jeremy Rohrs.
South Side Performance
Rohrs will drive the same SSP Nissan GT-R at TWS this weekend that featured on R U Faster Than a Redneck.

Troy Messer TWS
Challenging Rohrs will be Texans Troy and T.J. Messer in their Corvette Z06.
David Fiorelli took his first outright USGTC win at TWS last year. � NARRA.
SpeedSouth is back, but this time with Brian Leonard driving in the USGTC. � NARRA

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NARRA has been America's home for high-end, high-performance cars for over 19 years, and solely focuses on GT styled sports cars. Catering to every skill level, from novice to pro, NARRA allows participants to rise through its own ranks, from the US Performance Driver Education program to the Whelen US TimeTrial and US GT championships. Many NARRA events also feature the SRT Viper Cup Series presented by Pennzoil Ultra. NARRA specializes in developing, sanctioning and operating racing series for car clubs and manufacturers. The competition at a NARRA event is only matched by the camaraderie. Weekends are extremely social, with Friday night welcoming parties and Saturday banquets.

The USPDE is a highly regarded driving school, as perfect for race track first-timers as it is for experienced track-day drivers. Classroom sessions teach informative curriculum, while instructors experienced with high-horsepower cars guide students around the track from the passenger seat. Many instructors are current or former semi-pro and pro racers.

Bridging the gap between driver-ed and wheel-to-wheel racing, the Whelen USTTC offers drivers a national time-trial championship with contingencies, trophies and exposure equal to any racing series. The series attracts top tuning houses and time-attack teams from across the country because of its high-level competition, and no-holds-barred unlimited class.

Fielding as many as 47 cars, the USGTC is rapidly becoming the largest high performance GT racing series in the USA. Amateur and semi-pro drivers race against the might of professional drivers and factory teams for glory, contingencies and exposure. Cars are placed in to four classes based on power-to-weight ratio, including an unlimited class allowing the country's fastest cars to compete. Visit 
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