The NASA Southeast region marched into Road Atlanta for the Turn 7 Gurl Memorial, named in honor of Hazel Harrell who had generously worked as a volunteer at Road Atlanta for more than 20 years, and who was struck and killed by a motorcyclist two years ago while she was crossing the track to help an injured motorcycle rider at Turn 7.
At the event, there was a strong field of 25 Spec Miatas. In qualifying on Saturday, Aiden Baker Crouse set the pole time in his Rossini Racing Products powered Miata with a time of 1:46.370.
At the start of the race on Saturday, Aiden got a poor start and got shuffled back to 3rd place, but moved back to the lead very quickly. Then he and Yan Dia battled hard for the remaining laps with the final pass in Turn 10A for the win. Yan Dia was a very close second place finisher with Jose Garcia in 3rd. Rossini driver Keith Williamson finished 7th.
For Sunday’s qualifying session Aiden found oil in turn 3, and was only able to manage a 6th place qualifying time. However, in Sundays Race, Aiden worked his way up to 4th very quickly and appeared to be one of the fastest cars on the track, but without a drafting partner on the long back straight, he was never able to mount a charge on the top three cars. The final results were Jake Bailey in 1st with Yan Dia in 2nd and Rossini teammate Keith Williamson in 3rd.
Jason Crouse, Aiden’s father said after the race…. “To Mike and Elaine, thanks from all us at ABC Motorsports the great power that helped us be competitive all weekend”.
Always great to see our Rossini powered drivers doing so well