Flying Lizard Audi Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
presented by Hawk Performance at 12 Hours
Rain expected through the night
WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2015) - The 13th
running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk
Performance has reached the 12 hour mark with the No. 45 Flying Lizard
Audi leading the race overall.
teams have one eye on the 2.86-mile, 15-turn track and the other the
weather radar with rain heading toward the area sometime around 1 a.m. they are plotting their driver and team strategies.
No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi became the overall leader at the seven hour
mark. The team currently is circulating with a 10 lap lead over second
are in the lead and the car is really running well," Darren Law said.
"The car, the team and the Toyo tires are all in sync. We are really
just trying to run a pace and keep out of trouble. With the different
speed differentials you really have to pay attention. We know the rain
is coming. Good for us, we ran on Thursday
in the wet. Toyo has an intermediate and a full rain tire, so we are
ready. We actually are hoping for rain. Our Audi has ABS and traction
control, which our competition does not."
A new leader has emerged in the ESR Class. The No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga entry has taken over at the front of ESR.
are running first in the ESR class and I am getting ready for my second
stint," Ari Straus said. "I had a few issues here and there in my first
stint. Gryphon Racing has put together a great Praga race car for us. I
may see some rain during my run. We are ready for those conditions, we
just have to keep speed coming over the wing."
In E0 the No. 61 RoadShagger Racing BMW leads the class.
news we are still in the lead in E0," John Morley said. "The car is not
extremely fast right now, but it is reliable. The car owner Gavin
Ernstone is in the car and doing a great job. No real drama during my
run. The car's handling is all over the place at the moment. When the
rain comes we will find out what we have. We have rain tires and a plan,
hopefully it goes according to that plan."
In the E1 Class, the No. 66 BMW of Bullet Motorsports has taken over the lead.
car is working really well," Tristan Littlehale said. "I just did a
double stint. I was right behind the Award Motorsport Porsche when it
went into the wall with the Miata. I escaped that drama, so pretty good.
Our plan for the rain is to keep it on the track and get to the
No. 34 Mazda RX-8 of RDR Racing continues to lead the E2 Class.
are just turning laps in the lead of the E2 Class," Dennis Holloway
said. "We had some contact coming over the hill earlier and bent a
tie-rod but we got that fixed. Everything seems to be good right now. I
think the rain is going to skirt a little bit to the north. No, I think
right when I get in it is going to start rain and I will have to go from
slicks to wets, so that will be fun."
In E3 it is the pole sitting No. 40 RAmotorsport Mazda Miata has taken over the lead.
have had some challenges, but we are in the lead right now," Scott
Miller, team manager said. "We have had some parts come loose, tire wear
that we didn't expect, fuel economy that hasn't quite worked out, the
usual stuff. A long way to go. It is going to rain, it is coming. The
rain is not going to fall within our tire cycle right now, so we have to
figure that out.
CLP Motorsports remains the leader in the all-new NP01 class.
is going pretty well for us with this new car," Jeremy Croiset said.
"We expected some teething issues with a new car and its first time in
competition. This is a race that eats even the most seasoned race cars
for breakfast. We have rain tires mounted and we are going to do some
shock adjustments and see what the 25 has in store for us in the wet."
25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance information:
drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle
Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle, Dion von Moltke,
Mike Skeen, Colin Braun, Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo,
Darren Law, Joel Miller, Tommy Sadler, Sean Rayhall, Darren Law, Tyler
McQuarie, Kelly Collins, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.
NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will see a
field of 63 cars racing in seven classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3, NP01)
going twice around the clock plus an hour over the 2.86-mile, 15-turn
track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.
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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
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would like to thank its National sponsors for their continued support:
Toyo Tires, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, and GoPro.
We also want to thank MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD),
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capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment.
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