Nissan and The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced Wednesday an all-new Spec Z class. The new class is open to all models and trim levels of the 2003-2008 Nissan 350Z.
The new NASA Spec Z class will offer drivers an affordable way to hone their driving ability and car setup skills. BF Goodrich tires will provide the control tire for the Spec Z class. Not only are used 2003-2008 350Zs cheaper to purchase than a new car, but the spec class will limit how much money is required to participate in the series.
“We are very excited about Spec Z,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Sponsorship Manager, in a press release. “We have been working closely with Nissan Motorsports on the creation of Spec Z, and it will be an excellent series for anyone looking to step into a spec vehicle that’s fast and relatively inexpensive to build, maintain and race. With the fantastic contingency prize programs that are being provided for Spec Z, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more rewarding spec series to race in. We look forward to watching Spec Z grow and flourish in the coming years as more racers adopt this new formula.”
“NASA has a proven track record of growing classes from the ground up, so we are excited to be working with NASA on the new Spec Z series,” said Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager, Motorsports Marketing Communications, Nissan North America, in a press release. We have a number of competitors already expressing interest in the series, so the potential for this series is very strong indeed. With our Nissan Motorsports Competition Parts Program and comprehensive contingency prize programs, we are looking to make this a strong offering for those interested in stepping into a very competitive spec series racing the iconic Z car.”
The Spec Z series will also offer a contingency prize program to reward competitors on both Regional and National Championship levels. The top three weekend finishers of each weekend regional competition will receive up to $850 cash from Nissan Motorsports. Top Spec Z finishers at the 2012 NASA Championships could earn up to $6500 in cash. BF Goodrich is planning to offer contingency prizes as well.