Local racer wins 2018 NASA National Championship

Photo courtesy of the National Auto Sport Association

(KSFY) - A local man has won the 2018 National Auto Sport Association National Championships.

Chris Kopitski of Sioux Falls won the Performance Touring E class championship earlier this month.

More than 450 amateur and professional drivers from across the United States converged on Circuit of The Americas outside Austin, Sept. 13-16, to compete for a championship in more than 20 classes.

“It was unbelievable. I couldn’t have asked for a better start in this perfect race all the way through,” Kopitski said in a press release. “I missed a couple of apexes and missed a shift about three quarters of the way through the race. Other than that, it was flawless. This has been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been trying so hard to get this Championship. I’ve had mechanical issues every year, but this year I finally pulled it through, and this car is capable of so much more than this. It feels great. I’m on top of the world.”

Drivers had two days of qualifying sessions and a qualifying race before the Championship races on Sunday, September 16. NASA is one of the United States’ largest grassroots motorsports groups, with numerous drivers moving into the professional ranks.

The racers drove the same 3.4-mile road course that Formula 1 drivers will run in late October on the North American leg of their tour. With varying elevations and challenging turns, the Circuit of The Americas road course pushes amateur and professional drivers’ skills to their limits.