NASA Pro Racing Series News

7 12, 2019

Three-Hour Snapshot: 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill kicked off Saturday morning under heavy rains and strong winds, but Turn 3 Motorsport took an advantage of a break in the weather to grab an early overall lead.
The ESR car driven by Peter Dempsey has built a two-lap lead and completed 83 laps on the 3-mile road course. Even with the on-and-off rains, Dempsey posted a best lap speed of 1:58.459. Because of the early rain, lap times were much slower than previous years with good weather. One Motorsports is in second and LaHouse/One Motorsports is third.
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Taking advantage of front-wheel drive car in the rain, Honda Racing THRW 2 built up a 9-lap lead turning an impressive 2:12.877 best lap.
The decision facing the team is when to make the switch to rain tires and the team has been studying the track for puddles and checking the forecast.
“Initially it was really slippery. It seems like

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6 12, 2019

A Wet Friday Night Qualifying Sets the Grid for the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The strategy Friday night was largely the same from team to team in the minutes leading up to the 4:45 p.m. practice and 5:15 p.m. qualifying sessions for the 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance. Cars were up on jack stands and teams were waiting for the weather to make up its mind.
The forecast called for the rains to come in during practice, but halfway in, it was nothing more than a mist, and the cars remained on jacks, waiting for the right tire choice. Teams went out on dry tires and intermediates hoping to make the most of a dry or at least a drying racing line around the track, but then just after the 5 o’clock hour the rains set in and began to intensify.
Teams shuffled in and out of the pits to change tires to earn the best starting position on Saturday’s grid. Of

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6 12, 2019

Racers Brace for Rain, Winds at 2019 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

Teams in the paddock have been busy checking weather apps and studying radar as rain is expected for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill this weekend. The rain and wind will bring a twist to Friday afternoon’s qualifying session and Saturday’s endurance that starts at 11 a.m. during a weekend of weather in which flash flooding is expected across Northern California.
Dragon Fly Motorsports driver Christian Guirguis is one of those keeping an eye on the sky because he’ll be driving an open cockpit E0 car on the Thunderhill Raceway Park track.
“You don’t get as wet as you would think,” said Guirguis, who lives outside Seattle, a city that gets it fair share of rain. “Once you get moving, it’s not that bad.”
Thanks to aerodynamics and Rain-X on the visor, Guirguis says he stays relatively dry despite not having a roof. His biggest concern is the spray. “It’s actually the spray that

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3 12, 2019

Pat Smith and Aiden Crouse Close Out Southeast Spec Miata Season With a Win

NASA Southeast welcomed 19 Spec Miatas to Carolina Motorsports Park in November for the track’s first race under new ownership. On Saturday Aiden Crouse set the fastest time for pole position with a 1:50.813, followed by Yan Dia, P2, Grant West P3, Pat Smith P4 and Keith Williamson P5.
After taking the green flag, 19 Spec Miatas thundered down toward Turn 1. Williamson locked up in the brake zone, slid across the track and tapped Smith, sending the both off the track and scattering the SM field like a shotgun blast through covey of quail. Crouse, West, Dia and Brad Miller got away clean and started to gap the scattered field. Dia got inside West going into Turn 4 for P2 and Pat Smith got around Annika Carter at Turn 8 to move up to P5. Carter then got loose after turning into Turn 11 and collected Don Elvington, taking them

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30 11, 2019

Follow All the Racing Action Live from the 2019 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 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by HAWK Performance. We will have track-side cameras, LIVE video interviews from the hot pits, in-car cameras, and LIVE Drone shots(weather permitting) 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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26 11, 2019

NASA Northeast Championships Decided in Final, Extraordinarily Wet Race

Call it the art of clinching in the rain. NASA Northeast’s 2019 season drew to a close with an exciting weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt circuit. Saturday’s clear conditions and crisp temperatures led to some great racing and fresh track records. Sunday’s weather took a turn, and racers battled out for every point in blinding rain, dodging puddles large enough to swallow a Miata.
In ST2, Mark Petronis arrived hungry to close the gap in points between him, A.J. Hartman, and Doug Winston. The regional championship podium order was to be decided by the final event’s points. Unfortunately for Mark, his chase ended during Saturday’s qualifying. Coming onto the front straight at blistering speed, a slower car yielded the line then abruptly snapped across the track leaving Mark with nowhere to go but into their fender. Both drivers were fine, but their weekends ended and Mark landed the short

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21 11, 2019

A Season’s Worth of Development in Preparation for 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

It’s not unusual for teams to use the entire season to prepare for the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, and the 17th running of the race is no exception.
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Hailing from Las Vegas, Nev., the One Motorsports team is a regular at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. After all, the team won ESR in 2018 and 2017, and took third in 2016. It typically fields two radical SR3 cars in ESR, but this year the team is bringing one Radical and something entirely new: a Ligier JS P3 car, one of two Ligier P3 prototypes to compete at this year’s event.
“We are doing our normal preparations for the 25: Rebuild cars from ground up and strengthen our weaknesses,” said One Motorsports team principal Jeff Shafer. “We are also running a P3 car this year, so we are wandering into a little bit of uncharted territory.”
K2R Motorsports also

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19 11, 2019

Hankook Motorsports Announces 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Contingency Program

Hankook Tire just announced that it will pay entry fees to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance for any team that races on Hankook Ventus F200 slick tires.
All cars must display four Hankook decals and drivers must wear suit patches. Entry fees already paid up front will be discounted off the tire bill.
There is also a contingency for drivers who choose to use the Hankook Z214 DOT-R tires. In classes with 10 or more starters, the class winner is awarded four tires, with two tires for second place and a $100 Hankook gift certificate for third. Full details are available on the NASA contingency page.
Contact:
Hankook Motorsports
10808 FM 1625
Austin, TX 78747
305-809-0356
[email protected]
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12 11, 2019

Veteran Teams Preparing for 2019 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The 17th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is fast approaching, and teams are in the final stages of preparation for the race.
2018 E2 winner HQ Autosport is partnering with Team Shift Up Now to run a five-driver team at this year’s race. Team Shift Up now debuted with an all-women-driver lineup at the 2018 event. In 2019, HQ Autosport’s driver lineup will feature NASA Rocky Mountain racer Loni Unser, MX-5 Cup driver Sarah Montgomery, TA2 driver Michele Abbate in addition to HQ Autosport team drivers Pete Engels and Travis Weltzien.
The team is competing in the 25 and the 12-hour race that runs within it.
“It’s our belief that preparing for the 25 is one of the keys to the race. You make your luck in many cases by how you prepare for this race,” said team owner Paul Quattrocchi. “Our prep for this year’s

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12 11, 2019

NASA SoCal Spec E30 Championship Wraps up at Buttonwillow in October 2019

Buttonwillow Raceway Park welcomed 14 Spec E30 teams to the NASA SoCal season finale. Typical for SoCal Spec E30, it all came down to the final race for the SoCal regional championship with two-time regional second-place finisher Andrew Clark going head to head with three-time regional champion and National Championship podium finisher Steve Stepanian as they came into the weekend dead even in the points chase.
Ironically, while the two seasoned veterans duked it out for top honors, the battle for the remaining regional podium spots were fought by two relatively new drivers to the series, Forenz Arabian and Mickey Miller. The stage was set for an epic racing weekend under near perfect weather conditions.
Right from qualifying Saturday, Clark showed he was not playing around by setting a qualifying time that shattered the Spec E30 track record by almost 2 full seconds! J. P. Cadoux of the NorCal Spec E30 racers

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