Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Top three Audi TT RS, Porsche 997 Cup, Radical
WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2013) - The No. 24 Rotek Racing Audi TT RS won the eleventh running of the United States Air Force (USAF) 25 Hours of Thunderhill today. Following the Rotek Audi to fill out the overall podium was the No.83 Barrett Racing Porsche GT3 Cup in second and the No. 38 Radical West Radical in third.
A field of 57 cars took the green flag at 11 a.m. Saturday morning for 25 hours of racing around the 2.58-mile, 15-turn Thunderhill Raceway. The race witnessed several leaders throughout the running including an ESR Class Wolf, ES Class Superlite and the winning ES Class Rotek Racing Audi TT RS. The Rotek team took over the lead at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning and never looked back. The stout team was being pressured throughout the early hours by a speedy No. 38 Radical West Racing Radical. At 8:00 a.m. the Audi began stretch its legs and had a 30 lap lead with three hours remaining. The eventual winning margin to the second place was 28 laps. The Rotek Audi TT RS was driven by Robb Holland, Kevin Gleason, Jeff Altenburg, Roland Pritzker and Rob Huff.
"It was a blast today racing here this weekend," Pritzker said. "We had a couple of little issues with contact that took a couple of kunards off in the front in the middle of the night, but we replaced them and kept going. It was smooth sailing. Really we didn't have any big issues. We kept it on the track and out of the pits and all of the drivers ran nice and clean laps. My stints in the car were really fun, I just had a blast driving this Audi TT RS here at Thunderhill."
Top Three ES Class:
No. 24 Rotek Racing Audi TT RS, 705 laps run, 1,819 racing miles
No. 83 Barrett Racing Porsche GT3 Cup, 667 laps
No. 8 GMG Motorsports Audi R8, 662 laps
The No. 38 Radical West Radical perservered in the ESR Class to take the category win. The No. 38 was driven by Randy Carpenter, Ryan Carpenter, Todd Slusher, Anthony Bullock and Scott Atchison.
"We started off with a great base car," Carpenter said. "The car handled great, we had the balance just right and the team did a great job preparing the car. We had a little damage on the front, we threw some tape on it and kept going. The team just worked through the small issues and kept grinding, that is how you win this race. It is a first for us, we won the ESR Class and getting third overall is pretty spectacular with three of the four drivers being rookies."
Top Three ESR Class:
No. 38 Radical West Racing Radical
No. 48 Factory 48 Radical
No. 49 CSR Performance Spec Racer
The No. 18 Luxury Racing Don't Crash Mustang won the E0 Class with a faultless run. The Mustang, with support from Winding Road, was driven by Tom Martin Sr., Tom Martin Jr., Tom Brown and Brian Zander.
"We started the race pretty well," Martin Sr. said. "We fell back a little at the beginning and we just a kept a steady pace. The car was so well prepared by the team that we were able to run just a flawless race. Our competitors had a little trouble and here we are winners of our class. The only problem we had was a broken stud on one wheel. We were worried we would lose the others, so we replaced and kept going."
Top Three E0 Class:
No. 18 Luxury Don't Crash Racing Mustang
No. 67 Pure Performance BMW
No. 31 Hankook/El Diablo Motorsports BMW
In E1 the No. 27 Team Honda Research West Acura held on to take the class win. The Acura ILX was driven by Lee Niffenegger, Matthew Staal, Sage Marie, Scott Nicol and Michael Tsay.
"It was a great run by the team," Marie said. "We had a little bit of drama here and there, but overall our pace was really good. The BFGoodrich tires had a lot of grip. They helped to make our pace and our pit cycles very predictable. The Acura ILX is a great race car. The THRW team did an awesome job all weekend. The only real problem we had was a slight over heating problems under the yellows and there were a lot cautions."
Top Three E1 Class:
No. 27 Team Honda Research West Acura
No. 5 Fantasy Junction Acura
No. 55 Mazdaspeed Mazda 6 Dealers A
The E2 Class was won by is the No. 78 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata, driven by Kyle Watkins, Dan Williams, Glen Conser and Robert W. Ames.
"The plan was to come out stay incident free and not be off the track," Conser said. "We got good gas mileage, saved the tires and we put together a solid effort. We had some contact in the middle of the night when Dan was driving, but that was about it for our trouble. We had very smooth pit stops and overall just ran a great race."
Top Three E2 Class:
No. 78 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata
No. 74 AAF BMW
No. 95 Team Spoon Honda CR-Z
In the E3 Class the No. 23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata driven by John Gibson, Rob Gibson, Jamie Florence, Roger Eagleton, Gary Browne won the class.
"It was a really great run," said team representative Chris Hillebrandt. "Last year we blew a motor 12 hours in after winning in 2011. We had some mixed emotions coming in this year. We raced our race and we won it again. We really did not have a lot of issues. We had some small issue with our dash giving us a funny fuel reading. It would give us a number than go out. Sometimes we had to wait until it coughed to come in an fuel the car. The drivers and team did a great job."
Top Three E3 Class:
No. 23 RJ Racing
No. 05 949 Racing Mazda Miata
No. 60 A+ Racing 2 Mazda Miata
705 laps covered by leader (laps x 2.86-track miles = 1,819 total racing miles covered)
13 caution periods
57 cars started, 40 finished
Fast lap of the race was set by Al Unser Jr. in the No. 52 JFC Racing Wolf, time of 1:37.789
* Great mix of cars including Audi R8 LMS, Audi TT RS, Norma Sports Racer, Seat Leon, Lexus IS300, Mazda 6 Diesel, Miata MX-5 and RX-8, Acura ILX, Honda Civic, Honda CR-Z, Factory Five Racing, Chevrolet Silverado, Porsche 997, etc.
* Six classes of race cars E0, E1, E2, E3, ES, ESR
* 60+ entries in E0 7, E1 10, E2 7, E3 11, ES 17, ESR 9; 16 Mazda entries, 12 BMW, 4 Porsche, 4 Honda, 4 Acura
The USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill will see a field of 63 cars racing in six classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento. To view the USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill media guide go to www.nasa25hour.com/Thunderhill%20Media%20Guide_r3.pdf
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
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country, and membership includes an array of benefits, including vendor discounts and a subscription to the organizations online newsletter the NASA Speed News. Members will also receive a colorful membership hard card that will identify them as part of the organization and a welcome packet that includes more information on the many benefits and programs available to NASA members. While participating at events, all NASA members are covered by an extensive insurance policy, which includes General Liability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Excess Medical coverage. Best of all, membership is only $45. Refer to www.nasaproracing.com for member information.
NASA Thanks Our Partners
NASA would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support: Toyo Tires, Royal Purple, Hawk Performance, OG Racing, Ford Racing School, and GoPro. We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, and Ford Motor Company for supporting our members. We greatly appreciate those companies that offer our racers contingency support, including Toyo Tires, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Goodyear, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama. NASA competitors can also get discounts from Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, the Ford Racing School, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Hobie Polarized, Konig, Molecule, Motel 6, OG Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield, Joegblood Wheels, Yavay, and Monster Clutch.
NASA at a Glance
* NASA was founded in 1991 on the premise of providing motorsport competition programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full-performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
* NASA has over 14,000 members in 16 regions.
* Key events include the NASA Championships and the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 6-7, 2014. NASA Eastern States Championship at Road Atlanta on Aug. 29 - 31, 2014 and the NASA Western States Championship at Sonoma Raceway on Nov. 7 - 9, 2014.
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
* Manufacturer partners include Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan, Ford Racing, and MAZDASPEED.
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Dave Royce, Chief Divisional Director; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Sponsorship; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
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Friday, November 22, 2013
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (November 20, 2013) — The Ford Racing School, based at Miller Motorsports Park, has released its schedule for the 2014 season.
For 2014, the Ford Racing School, the Official Driving School of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), will offer nine two-day schools
The two-day Ford Racing School is ideal for those who want to sharpen their high-performance driving skills or take the first step towards competitive racing. Highly-focused classroom sessions are combined with behind-the-wheel exercises to give you the basics of driving quickly and safely. Training subjects include basic vehicle dynamics, proper posture, heel/toe braking technique, proper racing line identification and driving in traffic. Students will drive a track-prepped Mustang GT and receive personalized instruction from our staff of professional instructors, all of whom have extensive racing experience in such diverse racing series as the FIA World Endurance Championship, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, NASCAR and NHRA, as well as legendary events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Baja 1000.
In conjunction with the announcement of the 2014 schedule, the Ford Racing School is also launching a new, dedicated, state-of-the-art website, www.FordRacingSchool.com. Previously housed within Miller Motorsports Park’s website, the new site utilizes “Responsive Web Design Technology,” which delivers an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices from smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers. An elegant, minimalist style and clean typeface not only makes information easier to find and read, but allows web pages to load faster on mobile devices.
“We are very excited to announce our 2014 dates for the Ford Racing School,” said Cindi Lux, director of the Ford Racing School. “We have trained hundreds of drivers since the school began in 2007, many of whom are now professional racing drivers and all of whom are putting their new high-performance driving skills to use on public roads and racetracks around the country. Whether you own a high-performance car and want to maximize your driving skills, if you want to start a racing career or you’re an experienced racer who wants to brush up on your technique, we can help you realize your goals. Our new website makes it easy for anyone to get information or sign up for one of our programs.”
The dates for 2014 are as follows:
For further information about the Ford Racing School, call 435-27SPEED (435-277-7333) or visit the new website at www.FordRacingSchool.com
. For information about Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com
About Miller Motorsports Park:
Miller Motorsports Park is part of Miller Sports Properties, which includes the NBA Utah Jazz; MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; Miller Performance, consisting of Miller Motorsports Park, Ford Racing School and Oneiro, an event management company; EnergySolutions Arena, which seats nearly 20,000 fans; KJZZ-14 Television; 1280 The Zone Sports Network; Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, men’s professional cycling race; and All-Star Catering.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Napa Valley, CA - The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) recently announced that NASA’s Championship race program now includes two dates with one on each coast. In a further enhancement of the program, Mazda Motorsports has now agreed to partner with NASA and is excited to present the Mazda Race of NASA Champions.
This will be a Grand Finale race held as a supporting series race in conjunction with other professional racing series and will be the definitive answer to who is the best from the grassroots racing ranks.
This new opportunity is a tailor-made ladder program specifically designed to bridge the gap from amateur racing to professional competition. Best of all, NASA drivers can achieve this status by distinguishing themselves by winning their class at one of the new Championship events.
Beginning in 2014, NASA Champions from both the Eastern and Western States Championships will earn an invitation to attend the Mazda Race of NASA Champions. The Mazda Race of NASA Champions will use identically prepared Mazda MX-5 race cars and be a featured series on a professional race weekend. The winner of the race will be crowned the NASA Grand Champion.
The newly crowned NASA Grand Champion will then be automatically invited to attend the annual Mazda club racer shootout where they are eligible to win more than $75,000 in prizes and the opportunity to compete in the professional MX-5 Cup the following year. This is the pinnacle opportunity for club racers to prove themselves and turn pro.
"Mazda is an amazing partner and a company that identifies racing as an important part of their brand. NASA and Mazda are both very focused on creating new opportunities in motorsports and this program could help identify and develop the next great driver in our sport," said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. "Never before has a system been put into place to provide a NASA competitor with such an amazing opportunity to advance their racing career and jump right into a pro racing environment with such little investment outside of their normal racing activities. We look forward to seeing a current or future NASA competitor use this new opportunity to catapult themselves into the world of professional racing."
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations, noted that; “NASA offers top-flight competition across a wide variety of classes and brands. Mazda is excited about this new program where their champions will have a chance to race head-to-head in Mazda MX-5s to crown a single champion. We look forward to working out the details with NASA in the weeks ahead.”
Champions from every NASA class, are eligible to compete in this unique new program designed to give competitors the chance to advance their driving careers without a single change to their regular racing plans. The program will begin in 2014 and the Mazda Race of NASA Champions will take place after both Western and Eastern States Championships have concluded.