USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill Dec 4th~6th
Posted 10-02-2015 05:51 PM
Posted 10-02-2015 09:40 PM
On the ESR cars, if normal history repeats itself, then most of those ESR cars will not be running by midnight. Well driven Miata's that are around 30 seconds a lap off the pace of ESR cars typically beat the ES cars. 10 or so hours of great lap times does not win a 25 hour race!
Edited: changed ES to ESR, those Sport Racers are fragile compared to most other cars.
Posted 10-13-2015 10:54 AM
We really need 2 more drivers for the 2nd A+ Racing car. We'll take "semi qualified" at this point. You'll get to fart in the seat before Johnny gets in. Low stress, motivated crew, almost always running at the end, with a real chance at podium. A great place to get an introduction to endurance racing. There's nothing like getting awakened at 2 in the morning, finding ice in your helmet, then being repeatedly pushed off line by ESR cars while high on carbon monoxide. PM for info.
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Posted 10-14-2015 03:12 PM
At this time we're really not interested in a arrive and drive participants. IMO that is just going to throw off our team. The drivers that pay up front and help make decisions for the better of the team are the drivers that will be driving the car.
Posted 11-28-2015 11:12 AM
Well, we are 1 week away with a FULL field. Anyone interested in seeing the entries here is the list...
Looks like one of the fastests fields ever...the E3 class will be rolling chicanes for ESR! Can you say driving in your mirror!!
I will have 2 cars(#40,#35) with lots of help!! Looking forward to the challenge of finishing and more so to being on the podium!
We will have weather for sure...though it may be prior and only a little during the race?? Makes it interesting for sure!
I know most of the local drivers who will be there but would love to meet anyone who is coming from out of town to participate! We will be the last 2 pit stalls at the North end(beginning of front straight)...come by and say hello!
Good luck to all...especially our Miata drivers/friends in other cars/classes!
2014 NASA SM Western States Champion(Car owner)
2015 NASA 25HR E3 Champion(Car owner)
2016 NASA 25HR E3 Champion(Car owner)
2017 NASA 25HR E3 Champion(Car owner)
2017 NASA NORCAL SM Series Director
Posted 11-30-2015 03:36 PM
Posted 11-30-2015 03:58 PM
Posted 11-30-2015 04:03 PM
I don't think I can speak like I just soiled myself like Kyle can about his favorite tire but I would like to thank Toyo Tires for everything they do.
Toyo Tires® Returns to the 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ To Support NASA Road Racers Using Proxes® Competition Tires
CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires® returns to the 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ on December 6th-7th to once again offer VIP treatment for racers competing exclusively on the Toyo® Proxes® line of tires. The 25-Hours of Thunderhill is held annually by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) at the Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. Considered the longest endurance road race in North America, amateur road race teams travel from around the continent to compete for the honor of capturing the overall win in this prestigious event.
The Official Tire of NASA, Toyo Tires proudly supports the 2014 series of races with an Enduro Contingency program. During the 25-Hours of Thunderhill race, the brand will once again ‘roll out the red carpet’ for loyal Toyo Tires racers. Registered participants will receive free mounting and balancing services from Thunderhill AIM Tire on all preorders and via trackside service at Thunderhill Raceway Park from December 5th-7th.
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Registration for this special program is limited. All purchases must be made by November 24th, through Thunderhill AIM Tire at (530) 934 5588 ext. 118 or http://www.thunderhillaimtire.com, or AIM Tire at (707) 938-9193 or www.aimtire.com.
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Posted 12-02-2015 10:18 PM
Professional drivers listed on the entry include:
Al Unser Jr.,
Dion von Moltke,
Johannes van Overbeek,
Will Faules, etc.
Thirteenth NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Ready for Green
New Mazda MX-5s, Pobst ready, Honda back
NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2015) - The 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will run this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. The 13th running of the now 25 hour classic will take the green flag at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
After two years, with the score tied between the dealers and employees, this year is about the bigger picture of teamwork and debuting the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car.
"While we joke about the rivalry between the factory guys and our dealers, the truth is that our success is directly linked," said Robert Davis, Mazda's senior vice president of U.S. Operations, of the company's official four-car 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup entry. "For 2015, we are allowing a very select group of dealers AND employees to race alongside each other in the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup car. While the development testing by Long Road Racing has been superb, nothing compares to a bunch of club racers beating on each other for 25 hours to really test the hardware."
The team will race four brand new 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup spec cars, with the only changes being the installation of additional lights for the very dark Northern California track. One of the 15 drivers that will be piloting the recently introduced Miata MX-5 is Mazda dealer and seasoned sports car driver Taz Harvey (Dublin Mazda, Tracy Mazda, Dublin/Tracy, CA).
"I have run a dozen or more 24 hour races over the years, but the NASA 25 hours is always special," Harvey said. "Thunderhill has become my home track, I love that place! My last win was in 2010 in a MX-5. My most memorable was when Roger Foo and I won the NASA Timex 12 hour race in a 120 horsepower Civic thanks to the rain and cold. The new MX-5 should be faster than the previous generation as it is lighter and has about the same power. The BMW's will have horsepower on the MX-5 so we have to beat them with fuel economy, better handling and skill. Thunderhill is a fun race with a great mix of cars and drivers from all over the world. The night time running and harsh conditions make it tough and memorable."
Randy Pobst was a part of the overall Davidson Racing winning team last year and is returning with the same goal this year.
"I am thrilled to be back in the Davidson Norma to defend our overall win last year," Pobst said. "To win again will take brains, we've got the speed. If we push the Davidson Norma too hard, we'll tangle with slower cars and invite mechanical trouble. Racing smart is keeping risk low and having lots of patience. On the driving side we will have to have a lot of discipline finding a pace that's quick enough with low risk, and the patience to stick to it. Our unintentional secret last year was shifter problems early. That issue led us to a minimal-shifting strategy, which I believe was a big part of our mechanical survival, along with terrific prep by team Davidson. Our competitors kept waiting for the sports racer to break, which truthfully, they often do, but our well-built car kept right on rolling. It was great to have team owner Bob Davidson take the checkered in the last stint."
The group at Team Honda Research is back this year with a three-car effort.
"This year we have rebuilt our tried-and-true Honda Civic," John Whiteman, team leader said. "We will race one Civic along with the two Acura ILX's that we have raced for the last two years. This is an in-house effort comprised of Honda associates from around the world. We work on the cars in our spare time and on weekends. It is great to take a street car and make it race ready to take on 25 hours of great competition. Our team is made up of crew chief Mike Aylward and our driver line-up includes Doug Chan, Kevin Boehm, Kazuo Omura and Calvin Tam."
Jerry Kunzman, NASA executive director, is ready for the 13th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.
"The teams are starting to file in and park, which means our 13th running of the 25 is upon us," Kunzman said. "The Mazda grudge match is back with the all-new Mazda MX-5 and there are great cars and teams in each of the seven classes. We have added a seventh class this year with our new NP01 prototype competing. The car is getting rave reviews in the press and I am very interested to see how it performs over 25 hours this weekend."
Professional drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Bert Frisselle, Dion von Moltke, Colin Braun, Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Darren Law, Tommy Sadler, Sean Rayhall, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.
25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance information:
Media Guide: http://nasa25hour.co...-Guide-2015.pdf
Team pit assignments: http://nasa25hour.co...assignments.pdf
The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will see a field of 63 cars racing in seven classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3, NP01) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.
For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at email@example.com or (248) 821-0468. More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasa25hour.com.
Posted 12-07-2015 12:02 PM
Congrats to Ron Alan in E3 !!
WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2015) - The 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance was won by the Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS in dominant fashion. When the checkered flag dropped on the twice around the clock plus one hour race at Thunderhill Raceway the Audi had won by 35 laps.
The dominant Flying Lizard team took the overall lead seven hours in to the race Saturday evening and never looked back. When the defending race champions from Davidson Racing had issues with their Norma, the Lizards took over the lead and were never challenged for the remaining 18 hours. Soldering through on and off mist and rain through the night and a more serious weather front in the morning, the Audi R8 LMS with its traction control, ABS brakes and choice of two different Toyo tire rain compounds won the 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk performance by 35 laps over the second place car of Quick Racing and their No. 3 SuperLIte SLC. The winning entry was driven by Darren Law, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Tomonobu Fujii and Thomas Sadler.
"Excellent run by the team," Darren Law said. "The team is so good with this car and these long races. The Toyo tires were just phenomenal. We went from dry tires to wets, to intermediates and they performed great across the spectrum. We did what we set out to accomplish, winning in dominating fashion. Almost half of the race was run in the rain. The Toyo rain tire had us just hooked up. Their rain tire has a lot of grip which made it really fun to drive in those conditions."
In ESR the No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga took the victory with the all carbon Renault engine powered car driven by Joseph Barone, Danny van Dongen, Paul Blickman and Ari Straus.
"The last 20 minutes of the race was our biggest drama, we lost a few seconds to position number four," Dusan Maly, team manager said. "Endurance racing is a full team effort with the crew and the drivers all performing. Whenever I see the rain it makes me happy. The Gryphon Praga is very good in the rain."
In E0 the No. 30 El Diablo BMW took the victory with drivers James Clay, Lance Boicelli, Cameron Evans, Dale Sievwrig, James Colborn, Charles Postins.
"Last Sunday the El Diablo guys were ready to throw in the towel on this effort," Cameron Evans said. "With the help of the team and everyone they got a car together that hadn't run in over 10 years to come out to the 25 hours and win. All of our guys at Red Line Oil and the rest of our sponsors, crew and volunteers did a great job. We knew we could have brought more power, but that wasn't the equation to win. We brought the right amount of car combined with fuel mileage and six drivers who knew what they were doing to win."
In the E1 Class it was the No. 0 BMW of Grip Racing that took the win with drivers Tristan Littlehale, Joseph DePillo, Mark Mitchell, Harold Petit and David DePillo.
"I had my friends in the 0 car and it was fun to watch them win," Jason Vein, team owner said. "We had some contact with the winning Flying Lizard car in the by-pass that resulted in breaking a couple of wheels and a tie rod. We made it back in and the crew did a great job to fix the car and get it back in the race. We had to serve a penalty for changing two wheels, but we were able to overcome that as well and get the win."
In the E2 Class the RDR No. 34 Mazda RX-8 won the class with drivers Joel Miller, Lee Pappageorge, Dennis Holloway and Jeremy Barnes.
"A repeat for our lovely RX-8 Kermit for the win," Joel Miller said. "Dennis Holloway put in the last stint and brought it to the checker. To get another victory for this great effort is special. Also really cool what the team did with getting the Mazda MX-5s all across the finish line in their first ever on track competition. Great effort all the way around by the RDR team with its all-volunteer crew."
In E3 the No. 40 Mazda Miata of RAmotorsports40 won the class from the pole position with drivers Dion Johnson, Richard Lucquet, David Geringer and Doug Clark.
"I have to thank all of my crew," Ron Gayman, team owner said. "I provided the car and along with the drivers they did the rest. I think the car was all four wheels off one time in 12 hours of rain. We ran 10 hours on one set of Hoosier wet tires. We did our best to run a consistent pace. We knew if we kept to our plan we would slowly, but surely pull away. We did not have any penalties between our two cars."
The No. 6 CLP Motorsports NP01 posted the first win in its competition debut with the NASA developed NP01 Prototype. The driving team consisted of Tyler McQuarie, Jeremy Croiset, Tom Dyer, Marc Miller and Pat O'Keefe.
"This is a dream come true," Jeremy Croiset said. "We survived the 25 with a brand new car. I am in awe of the car and the team. It has surpassed everyone's expectations. When we clicked off the 500th lap the whole team celebrated. The NP01 was super predictable all race. The CLP crew did a great job with set-up and keeping up with the car mechanically all race. I am just elated."
Top Finishers by Class:
No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8, 690 laps *overall winner
No. 3 Quick Racing Products, SuperLite SLC, 655 laps
No. 4 Prototype Development Group Factory Five GTM, 631 laps
No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga, 626 laps
No. 10 CRE/Jackson Racing Wolf, 554 laps
No. 52 JFC Racing Wolf, 479 laps
No. 30 El Diablo Motorsports BMW, 617 laps
No. 03 Edgle Last Minute Motorworks BMW, 607 laps
No. 61 RoadShagger BMW, 603 laps
No. 0 Grip Racing 0 BMW, 615 laps
No. 95 Grip Racing 95, 607 laps
No. 42 THRW/Honda Racing 1, 601 laps
No. 34 RDR Mazda RX-8, 570 laps
No. 32 Team Gone Racing, Mazda Miata, 535 laps
No. 12 HPD Honda Racing 1, Honda Fit, 157 laps
No. 40 RAmotorsports40, Mazda Miata, 593 laps
No. 7 Augersmiles.com/New Rock Exchange, Acura Integra, 588 laps
No. 23 RJ Racing, Mazda Miata, 581 laps
No. 6 CLP Racing, NP01, 514 laps
No. 99 11/10ths, NP01, 30 laps
•Winning Flying Lizard Audi covered 690 laps and 1,973 miles
•Fastest race lap was by the No. 67 One Motorsports Radical, 1:41.410 on lap 202
•Mazda had two overall winners in the E3 and E2 Class
•BMW had two class overall winners in E0 and E1
•All four of the all-new Mazda MX-5 Cup cars finished their first competitive race
•The all-new NASA developed NP01 Prototype finished its first competitive race
•The 14th running of NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill will run Dec. 3-4, 2016
NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance provisional results: http://racehero.io/e...-of-thunderhill#
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