NASA Pro Racing Series News

2 12, 2018

Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Wins Record Fourth 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports team won its fourth-consecutive overall victory at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance on Sunday
The team overcame a broken axle just after the start of the race on Saturday and powered on to the checkered flag at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. The team now holds the most overall titles in the 16-year history of 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
“It’s 25 hours, so many things can happen and we’ve got to hand it to the guys in the Radicals,” said Darren Law, one of the team owners. “We know those cars are fast, but they’re a bit more fragile than the GT cars, and that’s why we come here with a GT3. We’ve got great driver lineups, a great team and great cars, great preparation and great tires.”
An axle broke on the Porsche RSR on Lap 10 and later that night the

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2 12, 2018

2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance: 21-Hour Update

Closing in on the last few hours of NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, the leaderboard is tightening as teams race to the noon finish.
Crowdstrike/One Motorsports led through much of the night, but entered pit lane just after 7 am with mechanical issues. The problem allowed the Porsche from Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard to take the overall lead with One Motorsports/Hankook chasing.

HQ Autosport Racing continues to dominate the E2 class, building a 36-lap advantage.
No major issues or crashes overnight and all but a handful of cars continue to race.
Early morning temperatures dipped below freezing.

This will be the last report until the finish at noon Sunday. Class leaders as of 8 a.m. Sunday:
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El Diablo Motorsports crew chief Navid Kahangi’s biggest concern going into the overnight session was preserving the tires. The team was having unusual tire wear on the right front, so the team dialed back the lap speeds

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1 12, 2018

2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance: 10-Hour Update

With the leader already logging more than 900 miles at NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, drivers settled in for a long night of racing under the stars.
While Crowdstrike/One Motorsports continues to extend its overall lead, a good battle for second-place is shaping up between the Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche RSR and the Radical being supported by One Motorsports/Hankook. The race goes until noon Sunday.

HQ Autosport Racing has largest lead of the seven classes, running 17 laps ahead of its classmate Shift Up Now.
There have been no full-course cautions in the first 10 hours of the race.

Class leaders at 9 pm:
E0

The El Diablo Motorsports team has already seen it all in the first 10 hours in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race. The team has run out of gas, damaged a right front splitter and is dealing with significant tire wear. Despite the obstacles, the team

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1 12, 2018

2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance: 6-Hour Update

As darkness set in on NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, teams geared up to run in the dark for the next 14 hours on the winding 3-mile-long road course.
Several teams bolted on additional lights in the pits as the sun was setting to improve visibility for the night session. The goal for all the teams is to run fast, consistent laps in the dark until the sun rises at 7:11 a.m. The 25-hour race concludes at noon Sunday.

Crowdstrike/One Motorsports took the overall lead, pulling two laps ahead of fellow ESR competitor Eastern/Turn 3 Motorsport.
Few teams have been sent to the penalty box for infractions, such as fuel spills or excessive speed in the pits.
Battle of attrition: About a half-dozen cars are in the paddock undergoing repairs. Most of the teams are expected to return to action.

Class leaders at 5 pm:
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Crew chief Christina Brady was talking about

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1 12, 2018

2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance: 2 pm Update

Three hours into the running of NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, four teams in the ESR Class are bunched atop the leader board.
The endurance race kicked off at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony led by the men and women from the U.S. Air Force. Forty-five cars started the race as drivers prepare to run until noon Sunday. Early highlights include:

First-year team Eastern/Turn 3 Motorsport is the overall leader, having completed 90 laps on the 3-mile track three hours into the race.
Weather is a non-factor as overnight rain showers have cleared leaving a dry track for racers.
More than a dozen participating teams are raising money for victims of the devastating Camp Fire. Teams are donating between $1 and $3 per lap.

Class leaders at 2 pm:
E0Brett Becker
Hitting fuel calculations the Toyo Tires/Valkyrie Autosport had projected, the team is locked in a battle with Honda Racing THRW.
“The car

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30 11, 2018

Grid Locked in as Teams Ready for Saturday’s 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The field is set for Saturday’s 16th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance as teams face potential rain, near-freezing nighttime temperatures and general fatigue to win the prestigious endurance competition.
Nearly 50 teams are racing in 25 Hours of Thunderhill, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and teams race continuously until noon Sunday, regardless of the weather conditions on the 3-mile-long road course. The forecast calls for a chance of rain Saturday morning with the rain clearing by the afternoon.
Professional and amateur races teams are competing for titles in six classes. Teams
qualified Friday night to check headlights and to get a feel for the conditions since over 14 hours of the 25-hour race is run in the dark. The fastest qualifiers to set the grid for Saturday were:
ESR
Racing a Radical car for the first time at 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Turn 3 Motorsports wanted to

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16 11, 2018

Follow All the Racing Action Live from the 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Racers, fans and family – this year we will have ample amount of options available to you in order to follow all the action LIVE from the 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by HAWK Performance. Live video broadcast made possible thanks to Toyo Tires. We will have track-side cameras and LIVE video interviews from the hot pits so you can follow all the action as it unfolds in real time. Make sure to Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Instagram and Twitter. Check all the links to Live Video, Live Timing and Social Media below.
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Event Coverage and Broadcast Schedule will be available at the NASA 25 Hour Website:
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16 11, 2018

Teams Prepare Cars and Drivers for the 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

Each year the competition at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance gets tougher. That competition has everything to do with the talent teams put behind the wheel and the level of preparation they put into the cars.
The 16th running of the twice-around-the-clock plus one-hour race is set to run Dec. 1-2, 2018.
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For last year’s race, Roger Eagleton brought two Mitjet LVO2 cars, a French purpose-built, rear-wheel-drive racing car powered by a 2.0-liter Renault engine mated to a paddle-shifted six-speed Sadev transaxle. Both cars finished, and one took second in E0.
This year, Eagleton is returning with another Mitjet sponsored by Big Data in Action and Exotics Racing. The team is being managed by current V8 SuperCars and Penske Racing driver, Alex Premat, who also will drive. Other drivers include current IMSA racers Mark Ramsey, Eagleton himself, Richard Wendell, EXR instructor Josh DeLosier and Jonathan Cochet, who is a

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12 11, 2018

Top Talent and Hardware Coming to the 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The 16th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is attracting talented teams bringing new cars looking for that prized class win or a win overall. The twice-around-the-clock plus one-hour race is set to run Dec. 1-2, 2018.
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Team Valkyrie Autosport is bringing two cars to the 2018 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Team Valkyrie Autosport is bringing two cars to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill this year. One is a 2010 Nissan 370Z that team owner Brian Lock said has been in the works for five years. The other is a 2009 Nissan GT-R that Valkyrie put together over the course of this past year, and was recently completed.
Team Valkyrie Autosport took first in E0 in 2016 in a Nissan 350Z and third in E0 in 2017 in the same car. Lock said they developed the GT-R for the ES class, but they’ll be campaigning both cars

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19 10, 2018

Peter Ensor Sweeps Teen Mazda Challenge at Pitt Race

Teen Mazda Challenge Mid-Atlantic got a change of scenery in Wampum, Pa., at the 2.78-mile Pitt Race Complex. The forecast was calling for rain, but there were clear skies and near perfect racing conditions for the day. This event saw 16 cars from the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Northeast division take the track. Peter Ensor paved the way once again for the weekend by taking pole with a 2:05.116. Zach Rubin qualified ninth with a 2:08.703 and Andrew Balgoyen qualified eleventh with a 2:09.608. At the start of the race, Ensor was already pulling away from the rest of the field, taking the overall win and the Teen Mazda Challenge win. The only way anyone made up distance on him is when Ensor was held up by out-of-class cars. Rubin had contact early on with another Spec Miata that caused his car to overheat and lose positions. Balgoyen was able to capitalize

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