2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance
Entries Rolling In
Flying Lizards and Skullcandy Team Nissan getting ready for 25
NAPA VALLEY, Calif.
(Oct. 29, 2015) - The 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk
Performance is receiving strong entries for all six classes. The 13th running
of the now 25 hour classic will take the green flag December 5.
In the ES class, IMSA
and World Challenge regulars Flying Lizards are bringing their Toyo tire shod
Audi R8 LMS to Thunderhill.
"We are basically running our Audi R8 from this past
season, but it is in full GT3 trim, meaning all of the proper aero, ABS and
traction control systems are in place," said Darren Law, team manager.
"The main adjustments we have made are really in set-up changes to
optimize the handling characteristics of the Audi with the Toyo tire.
When asked about the
competition Law said, "for sure we have to consider last year's winners
from Davidson Racing. They have competed in this event several times and
bring in some great drivers. There are several other good team and driver
combinations, but honestly it is hard to say as the complete entry roster is
not out yet so we are waiting to see. Our goal for this event is not only to
win our class but we feel we can win overall. It is a unique race with
multiple types of cars so it will be exciting."
For the team used to running endurance races at Daytona and
Sebring, the 25 poses some unique challenges.
an interesting event, there will be far less 'pro' drivers here so you have
to take a different mindset and be extremely cautious," he continued.
"There are also different levels of cars and a very large differential
of speed. Of course weather is always a factor and from what I have heard its
cold, probably rainy and I have also been told there has even been snow in the
past. I can honestly say I haven't raced in conditions like that before. We
are still doing a lot of development work with Toyo, they have produced a
great product, but we are entering this event without the time of a 24 hour
race together so it is a great opportunity for both of us but as always there
will be unknowns. It will be a great event and just like any of the other
long endurance races, the key will be not only to have good pace but to stay
out of trouble!"
Another potent entry
in the NASA Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance was filed by Skullcandy
"We are going to run two 370Zs in the E0 class," said
Lara Tallman, Skullcandy Team Nissan, team manager. "Last year we
finished second in class with our BMW M3 and third in class with our Nissan
370Z, both ran in the E0 class. Before that the last time we ran was
2008 and we won our class with a Mustang. For Thunderhill, we do some small
additions to the cars which include window defrosters, and additional lights.
Finishing is always the primary goal, however, we are going for first and
second in E0."
Jerry Kunzman, NASA
executive director, is pleased with the quality and quantity of entries.
"The 13th edition
of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is drawing some
great teams and drivers," Kunzman said. "The top class is always
exciting, but some of the best racing happens in E1, E2 and E3. There are
great teams up and down the entry list and I expect the field will be
complete with 63 cars come December 5."
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
information, please contact NASA Media Director, Kyle Chura at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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