NASA Pro Racing Series News

17 12, 2019

Valkyrie Autosport Scores a Double Podium in ES class at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

When it comes to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, few teams have had as much success as Valkyrie Autosport. The team took third in E0 in 2018 and first in E0 in 2016. The team added to its trophy case after campaigning two cars this weekend and securing first place in its Nissan GT-R and third-place in its Nissan 370Z in the ES class. The team has six podiums in endurance racing in the last few years, said Giles Powell of Valkyrie Autosport. This year was the team’s first year in ES.
“It was clear we weren’t going to be able to secure position through outright pace,” Powell said. “We just had to be really conservative and wait for the luck to even out with the other teams, which luckily happened. The drivers stayed focusing on running clean and not taking chances, and we got lucky it worked out for us.”
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17 12, 2019

FLIR Vision Takes its Mitjet to an E1 Class Win at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Team FLIR Vision Racing’s Mitjet LV 02 car had trailed Team Bullet Performance early in the race, but they took over the E1 class lead shortly before 6 o’clock Saturday evening. Shortly before midnight Saturday, Team Bullet Performance suffered contact with the Toyo Tires Flying Lizard Audi R8, and had to take the car into the back paddock for extensive repairs.
“The Mitjet is a fantastic car. It’s a real solid package, a solid racecar for doing events like this,” said John Hill, a driver and team principal for FLIR Vision Racing. “It started out a as a spec car, so everything is overbuilt, and it works really well for endurance racing.”
From there FLIR Vision held the lead, and continued to hold the class lead at the 8 o’clock hour. Bullet Performance dropped back to finish third in class, with Team El Dorado Motorsports CRX in second place at the finish.
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17 12, 2019

Frasun Takes the Win in GT Challenge at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Frasun Racing drove to victory in the GT Challenge and took picked up a $10,000 prize from Toyo Tires for the effort. The competition was reduced by one when third-place finisher Flying Lizard Motorsports was knocked out after 255 laps and class runner-up Precision Driving Tech suffered a severe mechanical failure Saturday afternoon and finished 155 laps behind Frasun Racing.
Driver Jason Fraser said even with their two competitors out, it didn’t change their approach to finishing the race, but the weather did.
“The mud on the track and all the yellows. It was a war zone out there. It really was,” Fraser said. “At that point it was survival. We still ran hard. We ran mistake-free.”
Precision Driving Tech driver, Derek DeBoer finished 155 laps behind the first place car due to a differential failure in hour five. DeBoer said that back-paddock repair and getting it sorted out took the team about

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10 12, 2019

Time Trial Techniques: 2019 NASA Champs — Part 2

OK, hang onto your hats for this one. It’s epic, in the classical sense, which isn’t necessarily good for the Internet attention span, but in terms of what you can learn from these three drivers, epic is great.
This year’s TT3 competition at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires was diverse. The Champion, Denis Clavette had a BMW E46 M3 with a straight six. Second place Dan Westerwick’s Ford Mustang GT had a V8 and third-place finisher Andrew Bakun’s Porsche 944 Turbo had been repowered with GM LS3 V8 power.
It’s always interesting to see how drivers will respond to questions that require them to share their secrets. These drivers might not have shared all their secrets, but given the length and quality of their answers, they shared a lot of them.
You don’t have to read the whole story. We asked each driver the same questions, so you can align your

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10 12, 2019

Getting it Done in a Borrowed Car

Robin Burnett was having a good weekend at the NASA Championships Presented by Toyo Tires at Mid-Ohio in September. After earning pole for the Spec Iron qualifying race and leading it for three laps, he blew his engine. His weekend wasn’t over. A good friend from his NASA racing family Steve Revelette loaned him his car. Burnett spent Saturday night swapping the suspension from his car, then spent Sunday’s raceclawing his way up from a last-place start to take the Spec Iron Championship. Getting it done in a borrowed car.
The post Getting it Done in a Borrowed Car appeared first on NASA Speed News Magazine.

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8 12, 2019

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

Turn 3 Motorsports found joy in Mudville on Sunday when the team won its first 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.
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 race,” Dempsey said.

The team spent Friday night and Saturday morning waterproofing the open-cockpit car but it still lost an ECU during a rainstorm after the endurance race started. After that the car ran flawlessly, Dempsey said.
The team’s drivers Eric Wagner, Dempsey, Antoine

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8 12, 2019

21 Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

There’s a phenomenon that happens often during each 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance. When you check the standings at midnight, there are a few teams that have exhibited a dominance over the others that looks insurmountable.
Inevitably, things look different for most teams the next morning, and 2019 is no different. Here’s a look at the 8 a.m. Sunday morning standings.
ES

What a difference the night made for the Valkyrie Autosport’s Nissan GT-R. Trailing Lowe Group Racing for most of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Valkyrie took the lead in ES overnight and has grown it to 28 laps as the endurance race enters its final stretch.
“At this point, we tell everybody to take it easy. With big gaps like that, 25-lap lead at 2 minutes a lap, that’s 50 minutes,” said Giles Powell with Valkyrie Autosport. “It’s really difficult for anybody to make that up based on pace

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7 12, 2019

10 O’Clock Standings: 25 Hours of Thunderhill

With a year of experience running the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the team behind TAPG Motorsports came in with a plan and so far it’s paying dividends with their Toyota car leading the E2 class.
The Phoenix-based team has essentially led since the start of endurance to build a 10-lap lead over the second-place team Technik Competition. Slipstream-racing.com is in third.
The TAPG Motorsports team is comprised of Toyota engineers and technicians, and the group competes in endurance competitions as a team building exercise. The team competes in the Western Endurance Racing Championship but no others that last 25 hours.
“Last year was new for most of us so we did well. We were leading when we broke but we had a lot to learn but we had a good plan,” said DJ Quint, team captain. “The big thing now we get to leverage that experience having done this one time before. We

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7 12, 2019

Eight-Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

By the time 8 p.m. Saturday night rolls around during the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, teams that avoided contact and mechanical issues have settled into a rhythm and are keeping their fingers crossed as the evening wears on.
With more bands of rain expected this evening, tire choice and the timing for switching them will be more and more critical.
By 8 o’clock the teams had undergone the full-course caution necessary for track personnel to swap out corner workers who have been on the job since the start of the race. Those workers can go get some sleep. Teams, on the other hand, are in it for the duration. Here’s how things stood at 8o’clock Saturday night.
 
E3S
RA Motorsports capitalized on mistakes from its competitors to take over top two spots in E3S. RA Motorsports’ No. 40 is in first, while the team’s second car No. 35 is trailing the leader by four

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7 12, 2019

Six-Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

E1
One of the best class races at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill has been the competition between Bullet Performance and FLIR Vision Racing, who have been trading leads since the start of the race. Bullet Performance currently has a two-lap lead over FLIR Vision Racing. The El Dorado Motorsports CRX is in third.
“We can watch (them) pit, we get a lap on him, (they) get a lap on us,” said Ivan Zwart, crew chief for Bullet Performance. “In the rain they were a little bit better and they put drys on a little bit sooner, so they got a little bump on us. I think our pit stops is where we’re making up all our time in the pits.”
Drivers Mickey Miller, Vic Pizzino and Ed Sukchai have been behind the wheel already for Bullet Performance. Zwart knows the team still has a long night ahead of them.
“It’s a really, really

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