NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (October 11, 2012) -The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by the United States Air Force (USAF) race is attracting a strong field of competitors for the twice around the clock, plus one hour, race to be run December 8-9 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.
Robert Davis Racing is returning with two Mazda RX-8's to the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The team is looking to improve on their effort from last year by focusing on some of the issues that hampered their effort in 2011.
"We will field a pair of Mazda RX-8's for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill," Davis said. "We are working on correcting the fuel pickup and lighting problems that plagued us last year with redundant systems, so we can compete for the full 25 hours. So far, we have Dennis and Jim Holloway, Lee Papageorge, and Joel Miller driving, and we will add a few more guest drivers before December."
Krider Racing, NASA's 2010 E3 Class champions of the Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC), will field two Nissan Sentra SE-R's in this year's running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Team principal, Rob Krider, is a contributor to NASA's online magazine, Speed News, and host of the show Speed News on GoRacingTV.com. He has secured a deal to film a documentary highlighting the challenges of bringing two cars to the longest closed-course road race in America.
"If you think 25 hours of racing is a lot, try making it 50-hours' worth of racing when you bring two cars," Krider said. "It doesn't make sense to bring two cars to a race this long and hard, but when did sense have anything to do with motorsports?"
The paint scheme on Krider Racing's red, white and blue Nissan Sentras was inspired by a design of BRE's Pete Brock, who raced Datsun 510s and won the Trans-Am Championship in 1971.
For driving duties, Nissan Motorsports has lent Krider Racing their current factory hot shoe, Bryan Heitkotter, the first American to win the reality TV show GT Academy.
"We're excited to have Bryan," Krider continued. "But unfortunately, Gran Turismo doesn't have Thunderhill as one of their tracks, so I guess he'll just have to learn the track the old-fashioned way. Hopefully, that doesn't entail bending any of our Nissan sheet metal. The 25 ain't no Video Game! We