Corvette ‘Powerhouse’ Dominates NASA-SE June Jam
June 16, 2013 Braselton, Ga
The National Auto Sports Association (NASA) is one of the largest organizers of track events in the country, and drivers from across the region competed June 14-16, 2013. The NASA June Jam event was held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. MTI Racing, a local Corvette performance shop, showed up in force, and displayed their dominance. All eyes were focused on the track Sunday as MTI Racing teammates and rivals Matt Isbell and Joe Freda left it all on the track. The two fought for first place until the final two laps, when Isbell went through traffic and Freda could not follow.
Isbell, driver of the #88 MTI Racing Datsun 240Z, describes the race as, “an injection of pure perfect. I can’t believe it… It was truly a pleasure to be a part of.” Isbell won overall at the NASA Southeast Region event. Freda took second place, and ran the fastest lap, breaking the Road Atlanta lap record for the Vintage Unlimited class by traveling the 12 turns of the 2.54 mile road course in 1:29.400 seconds. “It was real hammer and tong racing,” Freda said. As the driver of the #22 MTI Racing 1971 Camaro Z28, Freda and his son, Benjamin Freda, built the ’71 Camaro, consulting with MTI Racing to ensure total car performance. “There is more to come. I intend to drop several seconds (from my lap times) during the next event,” said Freda.
“It was the best Thunder Race I can remember,” said Reese Cox, owner of MTI Racing. Cox also achieved high ranks by running a 1:24.840 lap, the fastest lap of the weekend, claiming first place in time trials. Cox spent the weekend testing a new prototype engine, “The Super 500,” the name derived from the engine being a highly modified 500 cubic inch LSX engine producing over 700 horsepower naturally aspirated. Other notable MTI Racing team drivers are: Will Stukas, who won the American Iron class and placed forth overall, and Mike Howard, placing second in time trials with a 1:25.556 lap.
The next NASA event will be the Hotlanta Challenge August 3-4, 2013. For more information about NASA Pro Racing, visit nasaproracing.com. For more information on MTI Racing, check out mtiracing.com.