USAF NASA Thunderhill 25 Hours Six-Hour Report Team Green Alternative Lead 25 Hours Fogg Brothers win six-hour

WILLOWS, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2011) – After six-hours of racing the No. 87 Green Alternative Motorsports leads the United States Air Force (USAF) National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill in their Norma six hours into the race running at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif.

The 87 car has been swapping the lead during pit stops with the No. 75 Mercer Motorsports Michelin Porsche all race. The cars have been running flawlessly at the front, making it an exciting opening six hours as night falls on the Thunderhill circuit. The 87 Norma also leads the ESR Class.

“We got squeezed one time, I got pushed off of the track and it took off my left side mirror off the car,” Steve Zadig, driver, said. “I just had to go faster so I didn’t have to use that mirror. The car is great. Everyone is driving really well out there. It is hard for our competitors because we are so low profile, but mostly we get pointed by the slower cars, which is great sportsmanship.”

The No. 75 Mercer Porsche is battling for the overall lead as well as winning the ES Class.

“I competed here in 2009,” Wolf Henzler, driver, said. “I like the circuit, there is a lot of runoff, so the track is very safe and forgiving. The Porsche Cup is one of the fastest cars here. There are a lot of slow cars, but our speed down the straight really helps us get through traffic. We have to be very careful in traffic. You have to know that they see you before you pass to avoid contact. We have a good race going on with the 87 Radical. They are slower down the straight, but they are lighter, so faster in the turns. It is an interesting fight for the race lead.”

The 051 Team Super Mazda Miata is leading the E2 Class.

“The car has good pace, and we are leading the race,” Sean Johnston said. “Our strategy is to get out front and lead the race. We are confident that we can run hard and have people chase us. If we are having people pushing to keep up with us, hopefully their equipment will fail. We are confident with our team and package.”

Achilles Motorsports is leading the E0 Class in their BMW e36 M3.

“We won this race in 2008,”Billy Johnson said. “The guys at Achilles do a great job with this BMW. We are leading the class. This is an awesome event that I look forward to every year. The car is running really good. It really handles. The team did a great job with the set-up. We are ahead of the field. We need to maintain a steady pace and not push things too hard.”

The No. 25 Honda Research Acura RSX is leading the E1 Class.

“The car is handling perfectly,” Lee Niffenegge said. “Our strategy is to keep it on the track and don’t mess-up. I had a really clean stint, except for losing our ABS early in the race, so we have to be careful under braking. Other than that it is really going well.”

The E3 Class leaders are RJ Racing and their Miata.

“My stint was solid,” Jaime Florence said. “I kind of laid-back and turned some laps. I focused on good lap times, while not fighting traffic, and stayed clean. We want to just keep on running clean and stay out of trouble. We will make it to 6 a.m. and then talk about a new strategy.”

Consonus Racing Wins Six-Hour

A race within a race, the six-hours of Thunderhill was won by the Fogg brothers in the No. 1 Consonus Racing Norma. The team had an anxious moment when the car would not start on the grid. The officials gave them a push start to join the rest of the field.

“We had a great time,” Steve Fogg said. “We were due. We have been coming here for four years and have had a collective 50 laps on the track in those four years. So to win the six-hour race is quite an accomplishment. We are really excited. We lost the battery at the start. So we went a lap and a half after coming in and changing the battery. We fought our way back to win it.”

“It was great,” Phil Fogg said. “When Steve was stalled on the grid, I thought, here we go again. We have had some big disappointments here. Once we got off of the grid, the car ran like a top the rest of the race. I think we were the fastest car out there at the end of the six hours. We had a little racing luck go our way this year. Our competition had some tough luck, so we were able to take the win.”

Winning the E0 Class six-hour was Team Thunder Valley Racing; E1 Team Scion Racing; E3 Team Biggs B Racing; ES Team C-Performance; ESR Team Consonus.

Follow the USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill action at GoRacingTV.com or via the live race web broadcast on the Internet at

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill had 83 cars take the green flag, which is a record for endurance racing in North America. There are six classes (ES, ESR, E0, E1, E2, E3) competing on the three-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 www.nasaproracing.com or www.nasa25hour.com. To view the USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill media guide go to www.nasa25hour.com/Thunderhill%20Media%20Guide_r3.pdf.

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