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2000 miles in 25 hours – Racing at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

For many Minnesotans’ December marks the beginning of a long, cold winter.  For auto enthusiasts December marks the beginning many months counting down the days until the roads are clear and we can bring our cars back out to play.   As an enthusiast and amateur racer I generally fall into this group, however not so much this December.  You see, this weekend I get the unique opportunity to race in America’s longest endurance sportscar race, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

 

 

To the unfamiliar the 25 Hours of Thunderhill is an endurance race held at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California.  This famous endurance race gives amateur and professional drivers alike one more chance for glory before the end of the year.  Don’t let the location fool you though.  While daytime temperatures can inch towards 60, nighttime temperatures dance in the 30’s.  This year professional drivers include Nascar champion Kurt Busch, Indy legend Al Unser Jr., endurance series regular Anthony Lazzaro, Audi R8 LMS driver Dion von Moltke, World Challenge champion Randy Pobst, Kyle Marcelli, Davy Jones, and Mike Skeen to name a few.  Simultaneously, an equal if not greater amount of amateur level racers will share the track, all in cars ranging from Mazda Miatas to Porsche GT3s to factory built prototype racecars.

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