NASA Pro Racing Series News

28 01, 2020

Timeout With: Peter Hopelain

As the adage goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And try, and try and try. Such is the case with Peter Hopelain and Team Technik Competition, which took its first class win in E2 at the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance after more than a decade of trying.
Team Technik Competition battled back and forth — and sometimes in contact— with a tight field in E2, a class that showcased the closest racing in last year’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Hopelain, who also hosts the Technik podcast on SoundCloud.com, has been chasing this rabbit a long time, and he’s been getting closer and closer ever since the team built the 2003 BMW 330i specifically for racing enduros. We caught up with Hopelain in mid-January to find out a bit more about what it took, and what it felt like to finally get a

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28 01, 2020

NASA Southeast Honda Challenge Kicks Off 2020 at Roebling Road Raceway

So much for being off during the winter season. In the Southeast, we race! 2020 started in Savannah, Ga., with an open-track day full of test-and-tune drivers, competition school students, and an instructors clinic. It ended with a two-hour TREC race, which every comp school student completed. Those guys were tired at the end of the day!
When the racing weekend kicked off Saturday, H2 racers Karl Kondor, Michael Kramer and Shane Lovely got a great start passing one of the H1 cars before they entered Turn 1. As they settled into their race, they began swapping the lead among all three of them. Kondor was in the lead at the beginning, but slid to track edge a few times, allowing Lovely and Kramer take advantage and get around him. By midrace, Lovely was in second, trying to reel in Kramer when he put four wheels off in Turn 9 leading

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21 01, 2020

One Driver, Two Teams, 25 Hours

NASA NorCal racer Tommy Lo raced in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill for the first time in 2003, the inaugural year the race expanded from 12 to 25 hours. From that moment on, Lo has been enticed by the allure of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest closed course endurance race in North America.
“There were five of us who ran it, and then ever since I’ve been hooked. Driving at night on the hill, and then sharing a bowl of chili with friends at 3:00 in the morning, there’s nothing like it,” Lo said. “So ever since then, I’ve run with other teams, I’ve put together my own team. And it’s always that element of luck that’s been missing. And we always do well. Maybe halfway through something breaks, somebody hit us, a driver falls ill, whatever.”
Lo has raced the 25 on and off throughout the years that followed

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14 01, 2020

Driver’s Eye View

The first hour of the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance was pretty wild, and now we have some good video to show you just what it was like. Team Technik Competition driver Matt Million posted this video from the time he strapped into the car on grid and about an hour of seat time at the start of the race. The video captures the weather, the preparation, the team effort and much of what it takes to “Survive the 25.” Not only did Team Technik survive, but it won the E2 class in 2019. Well done, gents.
The post Driver’s Eye View appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

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7 01, 2020

Toyo Tires at the 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

This one comes to us courtesy of the fine folks at Toyo Tires. Each year, Toyo sends a video crew to the 25 and each year they produce a video from the event, and it’s always done well. This year is no exception, and it really captures how challenging the weather became at this year’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance. Makes you want to sign up for next year’s race, doesn’t it?
The post Toyo Tires at the 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

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31 12, 2019

25 Hours of Thunderhill 2019 Recap

Finishing the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, much less winning it, brings about feeling of completion and contentment like no other race you can name. As we look forward to a new year and a new season of racing, let’s take one look back at the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill and the people, action and the cars that make the event as great as it is.
Happy New Year, everyone. See you on track in 2020.
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24 12, 2019

Grant West Takes Final Spec Miata Win of the NASA Southeast 2019 Season

Seventeen Spec Miata racers rolled into Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to wrap up the 2019 season at the Santa’s Toy Run event. Teen Mazda Challenge racer Aiden Crouse had already locked up the Southeast Spec Miata championship. However, it was still a four-way battle for second place with Keith Williamson, Yan Dia, Teen Mazda racer Grant West and Brad Miller dueling for the last two podium spots in the Southeast Region championship.
Aiden Crouse showed the class how to do it in qualifying by winning pole position with a 1:46.132, followed by West, William Cox, Williamson, Dia and Miller. On the start, the outside group got a good run, with Miller giving Williamson a good bump and in turn launching West into the lead as the outside trio made it to the top of hill at Turn 3 first, with Cox P4 and Dia/Crouse going through Turn 3 side by side.

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24 12, 2019

NASA Southeast Honda Challenge Wraps Up 2019 Santa’s Toy Run at Road Atlanta

The NASA Southeast 2019 race season has come to an end, and we looked at the points standings and all positions were set, so the Toy Run was going to be a fun, no-stress weekend of racing Honda Challenge. We had an out-of-region racer join us that weekend, Jeremy Zeitler from Texas. He just bought a new racecar in the Northeast, and was passing through on his way home, so he decided to stop and race. He had been to Road Atlanta a few times, knew the track but had a few loose ends to fix throughout the weekend, which is to be expected with any new racecar. We also had the return of Devon Manno, who had been rebuilding his car from a bad wreck from March.
We started the race in H1 with Stephen Pearce on pole, followed by Rob Oxford and Daniel Madamba. In H2, we had Michael

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17 12, 2019

Tazio Ottis Racing Caps Weekend with E3 Class Win at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

With the advent of the E3S class, E3 suffered a lack of attendance this year. Just two cars took the green flag and one of them was Team Brown/Heyer, which parks its car when it gets dark, heads to town for a nice hot meal and a warm bed, then returns when the sun comes up again.
That left Team Tazio Ottis to survive to take the top step on the podium, and they did just that, with nary a moment to spare. With smoke coming out of the exhaust and the radiator about to give way, driver and owner Tazio Ottis nursed the Honda Civic Hatchback across the finish line to clinch the E3 class over second-place finisher Brown/Heyer.
Ottis said the car started burning oil in hour six and estimates they used 7 gallons of oil during the race. The radiator gave out as Ottis pulled the car into pit

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17 12, 2019

Turn 3 Motorsports Storms to ESR and Overall Victory at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Turn 3 Motorsports took the overall and ESR class win its first 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. The team also achieved two “firsts” and did what no other team before had been able to do: get a Radical SR3 to last the whole race, take the overall and ESR class wins with it, and be the first car under-2.0-liters to win overall.
The Chicago-based team had a dominant performance, leading shortly after the start and never looking back. The Radical was caked with mud as driver and team principal Peter Dempsey brought the car across the finish line with an eight-lap margin of victory. It’s the first time a Radical sports racer has won the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
“I was in tears in the car there once we knew we had done it, so it took me a few laps to settle back down again and finish the

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