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Flying Lizard Audi Leads NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance at 12 Hours










   
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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.

As 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.

The 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 place.

"We 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.

"We 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.

"Good 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.

"The 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 morning."

No. 34 Mazda RX-8 of RDR Racing continues to lead the E2 Class.

"We 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.

"We 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.

"It 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:





Professional 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.

The 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.

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.




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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