Thirteenth NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
presented by Hawk Performance Ready for Green
New Mazda MX-5s, Pobst ready, Honda back
NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2015) - The 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance will run this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. The 13th running of the now 25 hour classic will take the green flag at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
two years, with the score tied between the dealers and employees, this
year is about the bigger picture of teamwork and debuting the new 2016
Mazda MX-5 Cup race car.
we joke about the rivalry between the factory guys and our dealers, the
truth is that our success is directly linked," said Robert Davis,
Mazda's senior vice president of U.S. Operations, of the company's
official four-car 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup entry. "For 2015, we are allowing a
very select group of dealers AND employees to race alongside each other
in the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup car.
While the development testing by Long Road Racing has been superb,
nothing compares to a bunch of club racers beating on each other for 25
hours to really test the hardware."
team will race four brand new 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup spec
cars, with the only changes being the installation of additional lights
for the very dark Northern California track. One of the 15 drivers that
will be piloting the recently introduced Miata MX-5 is Mazda dealer and
seasoned sports car driver Taz Harvey (Dublin Mazda, Tracy Mazda,
have run a dozen or more 24 hour races over the years, but the NASA 25
hours is always special," Harvey said. "Thunderhill has become my home
track, I love that place! My last win was in 2010 in a MX-5. My most
memorable was when Roger Foo and I won the NASA Timex 12 hour race in a
120 horsepower Civic thanks to the rain and cold. The new MX-5 should be
faster than the previous generation as it is lighter and has about the
same power. The BMW's will have horsepower on the MX-5 so we have to
beat them with fuel economy, better handling and skill. Thunderhill is a
fun race with a great mix of cars and drivers from all over the world.
The night time running and harsh conditions make it tough and
Randy Pobst was a part of the overall Davidson Racing winning team last year and is returning with the same goal this year.
am thrilled to be back in the Davidson Norma to defend our overall win
last year," Pobst said. "To win again will take brains, we've got the
speed. If we push the Davidson Norma too hard, we'll tangle with slower
cars and invite mechanical trouble. Racing smart is keeping risk low
and having lots of patience. On the driving side we will have to have a
lot of discipline finding a pace that's quick enough with low risk, and
the patience to stick to it. Our unintentional secret last year was
shifter problems early. That issue led us to a minimal-shifting
strategy, which I believe was a big part of our mechanical survival,
along with terrific prep by team Davidson. Our competitors kept waiting
for the sports racer to break, which truthfully, they often do, but our
well-built car kept right on rolling. It was great to have team owner
Bob Davidson take the checkered in the last stint."
The group at Team Honda Research is back this year with a three-car effort.
year we have rebuilt our tried-and-true Honda Civic," John Whiteman,
team leader said. "We will race one Civic along with the two Acura ILX's
that we have raced for the last two years. This is an in-house effort
comprised of Honda associates from around the world. We work on the cars
in our spare time and on weekends. It is great to take a street car and
make it race ready to take on 25 hours of great competition. Our team
is made up of crew chief Mike Aylward and our driver line-up includes
Doug Chan, Kevin Boehm, Kazuo Omura and Calvin Tam."
Jerry Kunzman, NASA executive director, is ready for the 13
th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.
"The teams are starting to file in and park, which means our 13th
running of the 25 is upon us," Kunzman said. "The Mazda grudge match is
back with the all-new Mazda MX-5 and there are great cars and teams in
each of the seven classes. We have added a seventh class this year with
our new NP01 prototype competing. The car is getting rave reviews in the
press and I am very interested to see how it performs over 25 hours
drivers listed on the entry include: Al Unser Jr., Ryan Eversley, Kyle
Marcelli, Randy Pobst, Bert Frisselle, Dion von Moltke, Colin Braun,
Kurt Busch, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Darren Law, Tommy Sadler,
Sean Rayhall, Taz Harvey, Jeremy Croiset, Will Faules, etc.
25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance information:
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.
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.
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
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
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