Nissan is partnering with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) to create an all new Spec Z Series that promises low costs and performance parity. The single classification series will feature 350Z models from 2003 to 2008, and prizes that part-time track warriors can really get behind.

At the regional level, podium finishers can earn up to $850 in prize money. Further, Nissan will pony up $6,500 in cash support for top Spec Z finishers at the 2012 NASA Championships. Further support will come from BFGoodrich, which will be the control tire for the series and will back a contingency price program for Spec Z.

Hit the jump to read over the Nissan press release, which includes a link that will provide still more information on the Spec Z series.
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NISSAN PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL AUTO SPORT ASSOCIATION TO CREATE NEW SPEC Z SERIES

Popular 350Z will be the basis of cost-effective racing program


Nissan North America and The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) are pleased to announce the creation of an all-new Spec Z series that will feature the Nissan 350Z®. The NASA Spec Z class will include all trim levels of the 2003-2008 year model Nissan 350Z in a single classification focused on close competition, parity and cost containment that will showcase driving ability and car setup skills.

NASA Spec Z will offer a comprehensive contingency prize program that will reward both Regional and National Championship competitors. Nissan Motorsports will provide significant support for the series, and their contingency prize program provides cash rewards up to $850 for the top three finishers at each regional competition weekend. Additionally, Nissan Motorsports will provide $6,500 in cash support to the top Spec Z finishers at the 2012 NASA Championships.

BFGoodrich tires will be the control tire for the Spec Z class, and BFG has also created a generous contingency prize program for the series. More contingency prize programs for the Spec Z class are being finalized for the series and will be announced shortly.

"We are very excited about Spec Z," said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Sponsorship Manager. "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."

Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager, Motorsports Marketing Communications, Nissan North America agrees, and adds, "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. 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."

For complete details on the new series rules, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/rules.

For details on the newly-announced contingency programs for the Spec Z series, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingency.


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      bman78
      • 2 Years Ago
      ha ha ha i thought it was nasa as in the space people
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent idea! The 350Z is a great starter for a race car, it's affordable and parts are relatively cheap. Love this!
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      hrmmmm.....looking to get out of SpecMiata into something bigger, this could be FUN what are used cars going for now, around 10k?
      ack154
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh the things I'd love to do if I had money...
      Go
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, awesome, awesome. Affordable sports cars made into spec racers = Lots o' Win. This will be significantly more expensive than Spec Miata (tires, power, weight = money) but a *great* step up for those wishing to go to the next level. Kudos Nissan and NASA.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder what they plan on doing to nullify the huge performance difference of the earlier DE cars and the 07+ up HR cars. Cool idea otherwise. I used to own a 350Z and it was one of my favorite cars I've owned.
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Ballast. HR cars have to weight 200lb more than early DE cars
          Nick M
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wilkegm
          It's not really 200lbs, 100 max, and the HR cars are still faster. Not hugely so, but they are.
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      More affordable/non-european spec series seems like a great idea. I love Bimmers and P-Cars, but parts are $$$. I also can't fit in a Miata.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well Autoblog, you went four days without any Nissan coverage, but today you fell off the wagon with not one but two Nissan stories. Question - where can I find "AmericanAutoBlog"? Your "obsessive" import coverage is wearing thin.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        http://gmblogs.com/ http://social.ford.com/ford-on-blogs/ http://blog.chryslergroupllc.com Off you go, careful of the door on the way out. Bubye now.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        How about you start your own blog so you can post the things you want to see?
        Lester
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Really? you want to complain that autoblog is doing its job by posting news???? it's not AB's fault that the domestics aren't really pushing any news out.
        ufm3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Does anyone know the term for xenophobia but car related? I mean, it's clearly demonstrated here, I just don't know what to call it.
        Capone
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Walt must not in favor of the "Right to Work" act either as I'm sure he is a pro union UAW nutswinger. Ignorance is a terrible disease man.
        SAM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Wow.... not even sure where to start with the ignorance on this one. How about you get out of my America because ignorance isn't welcome here.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Walt is like the exact inverse of Captain Obvious! We should put the two of them in a cage match!
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I honestly think that the Scion FR-S would a better car for this.
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Exactly right. Spec classes are designed to make racing competitive and affordable. A big part of that are affordable starter cars. Thus, the spec focus series. Back in 04, Zs were shows.g up at the track in droves. If the same proves true for the BRZ / FT, we can expect the same thing in a few years.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      That headline was soooo misleading. At first I thought "What does the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have to do with a 350Z?"
        Felspawn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        lol my thoughts exactly
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        Not too familiar with the NASA racing organization?
          Carlos Cruz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Nope, when you live an hour from the Kennedy Space Center, car racing isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
        LoneWolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        Yeah, at first I was like "WOW! A rocket propelled 350Z would be awesome!" and then the disappointment....
      Jonathan Manon
      • 2 Years Ago
      GO NISSAN!! iF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE LEVEL OF NISSAN, PLEASE CONTACT NASA LOL
      O.s. At BoostedImpor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. Too bad I'm selling my Fully Built Twin Turbo 350Z. :(
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