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2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Ready with Fast Entries

Author: NASA-GL/Tuesday, November 24, 2015/Categories: National News

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2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance Ready with Fast Entries

Wolf ready, One Motorsport ready, NP01 Auditioning

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2015) - The 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is drawing some fast entries in all six classes. The 13th running of the now 25 hour classic will take the green flag December 5.
In the ES class, Wolf Cars and One Motorsports are sure to be at the front of the field throughout the weekend. 

Wolf Cars North America is coming back with their GB08MJ. Driving the car will be team owner, Miles Jackson, IndyCar Champion Al Unser Jr., Pro Drive Racing School owner Todd Harris and Factory Honda Driver Ryan Eversley. The team has made extensive changes to the Wolf and are ready for the 25.

"The car we are racing this year is the same Wolf GB08MJ chassis that we ran last year, but with Honda power," Brian Roberts, director of operations, Wolf Cars N.A. said. "The Wolf GB08MJ is a single seat sports racer built in Italy, with a full tunnel floor for aerodynamic down force. The engine is a Honda Racing, HPD Formula Atlantic built K20, 2-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder."

The Wolf GB08MJ has been very competitive the last two years at Thunderhill. "We evaluated the issues from the last two years and put a different overall formula together," Roberts continued. "More like the story of the tortoise and the hare, we just replaced the tortoise with a Wolf. We are happy now to be working with Honda Racing. We have a reliable Honda power plant. The K20 has been used in many of the CN cars from Europe and has powered those cars with great reliability. We are focused on reliability and fuel consumption. We have a lot of planning, preparation and testing of all the systems and components for many types of conditions to be ready for December. Talented, smart drivers and crew keeps everyone on task. You can't win if you don't finish. The biggest obstacle for most teams at the 25, including ourselves, is getting to the finish and keeping the car out of any on-track incidents. You can't work on going faster if you are fixing damage on the car."

Another formidable contender every year is One Motorsports with their ultra-nimble Radical.

"We are running one car this year in the 25 hours with drivers John Falb, Todd Slusher, Sean Rayhall and myself," said Jeff Shafer, team owner. "We have prepared this year by running the car more in testing than we ever have before. As in past years, we are planning for the best but preparing for the worst. Our biggest obstacle will be the unknown, you never seem to know until it's happening. It could be the wet or the cold or our car or other cars. We are just trying to be prepared for any situation."

There are two of the all new NASA/Elan developed NP01 race cars entered for the 25. The team at NASA/Elán NP01 Prototype Team No. 01 is taking a unique approach to developing their driver line-up for the twice around the clock plus one hour event next month.

"We will be holding an open test on Wednesday, November 25 at The Thermal Club to test drivers for the race," Drake Kemper, team manager said. "We are going to be basing the test on four main aspects, consistency, smart decision making, overall speed, and attitude. We are documenting the complete event, from building the car to the test and through the race weekend."

Jerry Kunzman, NASA executive director, is pleased with the quality and quantity of entries.

"I think this grid will be the strongest we have seen in the 13 years of running the the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance," Kunzman said. "We have the defending champions Davidson Racing coming back. The Flying Lizard team members with Toyo Tires support this year have a lot of experience running the 25 and there are great cars and teams in in each of the six classes."

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance 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.

For additional information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at kyle@kcapr.com or (248) 821-0468.  More detail on NASA and the Thunderhill 25 Hour can be found at nasaproracing.com or nasa25hour.com.
 
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About NASA
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 Membership
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, Mazda, Hawk Performance, Winding Road Racing, 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, AIM Sports, AST Suspension, BFGoodrich, Ford Racing, Maxxis Tires, Traqmate, Hawk Performance, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Hoosier Racing Tire, MAZDASPEED, Nissan, Jongbloed Racing Wheels, Bimmerworld, Frozen Rotors, Optic Armor, Neo Motorsports, Spec Clutches, Driven Racing Oil, Altronics Inc., ANZE Suspension, GT Radial Tire, Tilton, Racefab Inc., Sampson Racing Communications and Yokohama.  NASA competitors can also get discounts from Mazda, Maxxis Tires, Racing Fire Systems, Ford Performance Racing School,Fuel Safe, Vehiport, APR Performance, Avis, Cruise America, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fastbrakes, Konig, The Mid-Ohio School, Konig, Molecule, Red Line Oil, Winding Road Racing, Torco, TPIS, Porterfield 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 Western Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 31 - Aug. 2; the Eastern Championships at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 4-6 and the season culminating NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 5-6.
 
* The NASA National Championships will run 36 race classes and nine Time-Trial classes during the event.
 
* NASA runs over 150 events each year encompassing over 250 races, including the association's Rally Sport and Time-Trial program.
 
* Manufacturer partners include MAZDASPEED, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Nissan and Ford Racing.
 
* NASA Management: Jerry Kunzman, Executive Director; Ryan Flaherty, National Chairman; Jeremy Croiset, Director of Business Development; Dave Ho, Business Operations Manager, Will Faules, National Event Manager.
 
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