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Posted by: newsla on Oct 29, 2013 - 05:42 PM
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USAF NASA 25 Hour Grid Getting Bigger and Stronger


The 2013 United States Air Force (USAF) National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill race continues to see the entry list filled with outstanding competitors in all classes. The December 7-8 event at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. will be one for the record books.

 

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Team Winding Road is bringing their Mustang Boss 302 in E0, Richard and Yvonne Migliori are bringing their Factory Five GTM ES car and Advanced Auto Fabrication is brining two E2 Class BMWs to Thunderhill in December.

Team Winding Road's Luxury/Don't Crash Racing/Team Winding Road/Boss 302 E0 Class Mustang is tested and prepped for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. With the theme "everyone loves an underdog" the team will be documenting their 25-hour adventure in a documentary called "The Big Engine That Could." Coining themselves as a group of regular guys participating in The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, an endurance race that they have never before tried, drivers Tom Martin, Tom Martin III, Brian Zander and Tom Brown are ready for the adventure.

"We had done the Targa Newfoundland in 2012, and were discussing doing another epic type event in 2013," Tom Martin said. "My son, who is one of our drivers, immediately suggested doing the 25 Hours. Our goal is to finish, with solid runs for each driver. That said, undoubtedly we would like to stand on the podium in the E0 Class. The preparation has been ongoing. It is a long list, from buying the car in the first place, a Ford Racing Boss 302S, #14 of 50 built for Pirelli World Challenge in 2013, to modifying the car with different wheels, tires, rear suspension, front springs, diff cooler, front and rear brakes, LED headlights, cool box, radios, etc. We've also done a moderate amount of testing at Buttonwillow, Thunderhill and Sonoma. The latter includes sorting the car, but also organizing our crew to do the pit work. Finally, we are working against a long list of needed spares and tools."

Richard and Yvonne Migliori are bringing their ES Class Factory Five GTM and two sports car champions to Thunderhill. The Factory Five GTM is a street-type kit car. The Migliori's GTM is the only one in the world developed for competition road racing.

"We have been campaigning this car for seven years now, winning the WERC endurance series championship in 2009 and repeating in 2013," Richard Migliori said. "We also won the NASA SU championship in 2013. This is a center-seat design, racing in the Super Unlimited and ES unlimited classes. When venturing onto other series, we run in the open classes. This will be our seventh appearance in the 25 hour race. We have finished four of six races posting a second in class, 11th overall, and later a fourth in class and fourth overall. We actually have an 82% finish rating. We generally qualify in the top 12 positions. In 2013, we are prepared to stay out of trouble, run our own race, and be there at the finish! For the 2013 25 hours of Thunderhill, we are running an exceptional group of drivers. Davy Jones, last American to win Le Mans in '96, NASCAR, GTP, Super Vee, Formula 1 and a three time Daytona 24 winner. Considered the most decorated American road racer. Steve Zadig, with over 15 championships in SCCA, NASA, 24 hour Daytona participant and former Penske test driver. Paul Edwards, Winner of Grand Prix of Monaco in a vintage Formula 1 and GM Factory Driver who won the Grand-AM Rolex Series GT Championship in 2008. Paul is reunited in this race with Davy as teammates in the Daytona 24 in 2012. Mike Holland is with us and brings several SCCA and NASA championships, winning four straight endurance races this year clinching the WERC championship in the GTM."

In the ultra-competitive E3 Class three drivers from the Netherlands will be coming over to run the 25 hours with an American team and will field the No. 36 Dutch American Racing Team (DART) Mazda Miata. The all Dutch line-up will consist of Mick Hoogwerf, David Koh and Bart Wubben.

"We are bringing our Dutch American Racing Team (DART) to run the 25 Hours of Thunderhill," Hoogwerf said. "We compete with the Mazda MX5 in the Netherlands and we have heard about the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Our driver line-up is very familiar with the Mazda and we are looking forward to the great competition over the weekend at Thunderhill. We are joining forces with the American based team Spare Parts Racing who will provide the Miata and crew for the event. The biggest difference for us will be the use of a 1.8-liter engine and it has a hardtop. We are looking forward to having a competitive weekend come December."

Hank Moore and his Advanced Auto Fabrication team is bringing two BMW 325s to Thunderhill. Moore's cars have proven themselves in the Northwest and is ready to take on the E2 Class.

"We are taking two of the fastest pro cars in the northwest to win the E2 Class," Moore said. "We are still working on our driving list, but James Colborn, Michael Conatore, Rick Delamare and Joe White are in so far. We also may have some big names, but we are waiting on commitments. Our goal is to win E2."

"I really like the way the entry list is filling out with top drivers in great equipment," Jerry Kunzman, NASA Executive Director, said. "Every year the bar gets a little higher. I think we are going to see one of the most competitive USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the races 10-year history. There are still some great teams that have yet to announce their plans for December - stay tuned."

The live race web broadcast can be heard online at enduranceradio.net.
The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill will see a field of over 85 cars racing in six classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3) going twice around the clock plus an hour over the three-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.

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