It was a long time coming, but the wait for the first Auto-X racing event of the year turned out to be well worth it.
After months of delays thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first Auto-X Series racing event of the year, NMCA West, finally accelerated into full gear earlier this summer. Sponsored by Nitto Tire and hosted at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the race didn’t just mark the start of the Auto-X Series, but also the start of summer. Held June 27-28, temperatures were warm and more than 80 cars participated throughout the two-day event. Four of the cars sported R1 Concepts products, two of which won their respective class. Here’s a closer look at the four drivers that had R1 Concepts parts and components on their side:
Kurt Robinson, Chevrolet Camaro SS
Robinson wound up winning the Pro Modern Muscle Class thanks to consistent racing times. A seasoned time attack driver, Robinson has driven on R1 rotors – putting them regularly up to the test of his demanding driving style. In addition to his success at the Auto Club Speedway, Robinson has also won events in the American Muscle Cup Series and Optima Street Car Challenge.
Marc Lewis, Mazda Miata MX-5
Lewis revved in to NMCA West and won the Pro Compact Class, sporting many R1 Concepts products as he did it. Lewis is a veteran Auto-X driver, so he certainly knows a thing or two about the rotors and brake pads that are able to set him up for success.
Kerryann Adams, Ford Fiesta
Adams always pushes her Fiesta to the limits, and her performance at NMCA West was no exception. In fact, through all of her racing sessions, she wound up getting faster and faster, shaving nearly 4 seconds off her time throughout the weekend of events.
Max Sigwart, Ford Focus RS
Sigwart placed in the top 30 overall, and was just 1.5 seconds away from a podium finish. He and his Focus pushed even the toughest looking muscle cars to the max throughout the weekend of events.
In 95 degree heat and a track temperature of well over 100 degrees, we’re proud to see our drivers put R1 brake products up to the test. If you really want to get an idea for how competitive the racing was, consider the fact that just mere seconds was the difference between first place and 10th place. We’re glad to have gotten this race in the books and we’re already looking forward to seeing our racers back at Auto Club Speedway in August for the second round of the Nitto Tire NMCA West Auto-X Series. We hope to see you there!