2012 25 Hours of Thunderhill News Wrap Up
We will begin adding in coverage of various event writeups from around the world now that the 2009 event is completed.
Post Event Articles
Road & Track's Sam Mitani wrote an entertaining and insightful 3 page article experience racing with the Spoon Team.
Read about the "25 in 25" team in this writeup covering Rick Weldon's historic venture to manage a team of 25 drivers in the world's longest endurance race.
There was local news coverage from the Oroville Mercury-Register.
Fox40 has a series of segments covering the lead up and the race:
- Lead up video with an interview with NASA head Jerry Kunzman.
- Footage going over the GTM Prototype.
- Interviewing several of the drivers.
- Additional interviews on preparing for the world's longest endurance race.
Ronin Automotive writes about the victorious Flying Lizard Motorsports Team
MotoIQ has a comprehensive summary of the 25 Hours
From the BMW community, bimmerfest.com has a good forum thread on BMWs at the 2009 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Miatacage.com has a good writeup, including why they entered the longest endurance race in the world.
Team BMC Tools has a video gallery of their 25 Hour experience. This is an excellent view from a good competitor.
The Grizzly Gazette has an excellent article (with video) detailing the student-made team from Porterville High School going head to head with professional racers.
Don't miss Spoon Sports 25 Hours of Thunderhill Video, this video allows you to catch a glimpse of what goes on in the pits at the longest endurance race.
Team Thunder Valley Racing The 25 Hours in a Factory Five Racing Type 65-R Coupe - The Legend Continues!
Not since the legendary days of LeMans racing the 1960's, has a Daytona Coupe replica taken on an endurance race of this magnitude. Following in the footsteps of its racing heritage, Team Thunder Valley Racing campaigned a Factory Five Racing Type 65-R Coupe in this year's 25 Hours of Thunderhill, making it the first ever replica to attempt a 24 hour+ endurance race.
Team Thunder Valley Racing owner/driver Karen Salvaggio, along with co-drivers Paul Kaiser, Rick Anderson, and Troy Lindstrom logged over 1,200 racing miles, and ran a total of seventeen hours during the competition. More than 20 volunteer crewmembers braved the daytime winds and nighttime cold, and supported the Coupe with flawless pitstops and fast, effortless driver changes. The team faced a few mechanical issues along the way, but only one issue occurred during the entire first 12 hours of the race, moving the #28 Type 65-R Coupe into the history books as the longest running Coupe replica to compete in a closed course competition.
Team Thunder Valley Racing Type 65-R Coupe 25 Hours of Thunderhill Video
Cypress, CA, December 30, 2009 -- Race teams from around the world gathered in Northern California to compete in the world's longest endurance race, the 2009 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The race requires teams to drive throughout the night for 25 hours straight. At the end of 25 hours the team with the most laps in each class is declared the winner. Nitto sponsored team, Bullet Performance, ran in the E0 class, which is the fastest class that requires drivers to use street-legal tires. They won first place running Nitto's NT01 road race radial. The second and third place teams also ran Nitto's NT01s to round out the class podium. This is Nitto's third consecutive class win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Team Nitto Tire/Bullet Performance started the race strong, qualifying in the pole position amongst 17 class competitors. When asked about qualifying driver Brett Strom explained, "I qualified on tires that we had been testing hard on for two days. It is a testament to the NT01 that even after numerous heat cycles it can throw down a very fast lap and then go on to last forever during an endurance race."
Dublin, CA -- The 2009 25 Hours of Thunderhill wasn't easy for the Track Concierge Racing team. After overcoming time consuming repairs and contact from an over ambitious driver, the Track Concierge team finished 5th in class (E0) and 18th overall. The grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill took its toll on the Track Concierge BMW M3 and held the team from victory. The weekend didn't start off as planned as the engine of the BMW M3 was changed to the back-up motor after testing. After the crew pulled an all-nighter, the car was back and ready to go for the final day of practice.
The team started the race strong, scheduling its first pit stop on Lap 1 to take on additional fuel. The driver lineup of Robbie Montinola, Anthony Zwain, Michael Ramies, Frank Cusack, and Charles Ng proved to be one of the strongest on the field. Each driver drove excellent stints and continued to run consistent laps at a solid pace. Unfortunately time ran out and the Track Concierge team couldn't make up the difference in lost time from the repairs. Finishing is half the battle but the team was hungry for a win and gathered important data from this year's race. One new component to this year's racecar was the BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires. With excellent support from a team of engineers, the Track Concierge drivers were impressed with its grip level and lifespan. One R1 went the entire race distance, with others changed moderately throughout the race. The drivers praised, "This is the only R-compound we want to race on for the rest of our lives."
This past weekend we joined over 70 other cars, and over 250 drivers to compete in the NASA sanctioned "25 Hours of Thunderhill" up north of Sacramento. Up against the might of factory porsche drivers, various pros from all over the country, and VERY long odds- we managed to gain almost 30 spots from our starting grid spot of 45th to finish 16th overall!
The car we raced was my old Mazda MX5-Cup car prepared by Team MER in Texas. It's a small and inexpensive but very durable platform, and despite the lack of power can actually turn very impressive lap times due to it's fantastic suspension and high amount of mechanical grip from the tires. Anyway- How did we get there?
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