The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Mothers is coming up quick with only a few more days for teams to prepare. The race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on December 4th, goes 25 grueling hours around the clock, and the checker falls at 12:00 p.m. on December 5th. Speed:Sport:Life will be there covering the event (while also competing in the E3 class in the number 33 Krider/Kramer Racing Nissan Sentra). Check out a few things our team has done to try to get ready for the lengthy road race that is one solid hour longer than the world famous 24 Heures du Mans. Photo by Vanhap Motorsports Photography.
NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Mothers and the United States Air Force is hard on teams. It’s hard on cars, it’s hard on brakes, it’s hard on every single component. So to make sure our components survive 25 hours of racing we decided to fortify a few things.
We upgraded our brake pads to Carbotech’s RP2 Compound (their newest endurance compound). We tested them in a three hour event at Buttonwillow and only burned through 1/5th of the pad thickness, which means we should be able to go over 12 hours with one set of pads. We will only need to change pads once during the 25 hour race. And since we will only be changing pads once, that means our brake fluid has to last 12 hours under heavy racing conditions without having the system bled.
I/O Port Racing Supplies hooked us up with one of their new distributed products Prospeed RS683. This fluid has non-compressible properties to keep the pedal stiff during extreme braking temperatures. How extreme, how about 683 degrees Fahrenheit?
At our last event we had some trouble with fuel pressure (but were slow to recognize the problem because we didn’t have a fuel pressure guage). The guys at Phase2Motortrend set us up with a fuel pressure gauge (and a few other extras for the Nissan) with some SGear Crenate electronic stepping motor gauges.
Figstone Graphics not only did all of the graphics for our Nissan but they also created this cool sign that gets affixed to the pit wall so NASA officials know which pit stall belongs to which team. The back of this poster board sign has adhesive so we just have to peel and stick it to the wall. That is it, we are set, making our team look much more professional than we are in actuality.
And speaking of looking professional, Nissan Motorsports hooked us up big time by supplying sweatshirts and beanies for the entire crew. This was enormously helpful due to the fact that NASA is requiring all teams to have uniforms in the pits. The gear will also keep our team warm in the extreme cold weather we will surely be facing at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
Another addition we have for the crew for this race is a new rollaway Rubbermaid tool box. We were encouraged to use this lightweight, tough box from the Leadfoot Rally guys (who have Encyclopedias worth of motorsports knowledge so I listen when they suggest stuff).
This box is easy to move around in the pits and isn’t too heavy for our car trailer. We were even smart enough to label where all the tools are so when the “fit hits the shan” nobody wearing a Nissan Motorsports sweatshirt will be running around the pits screaming, “Where is the 19 millimeter socket!?”
We’re still fine tuning a few things and doing some pit stop practice. Our crew has done a great job for us all year and is ready show everyone they’re the fastest on pit road for 25 hours straight. Besides blogging about the race here at Speed:Sport:Life we will be filming an episode for GoRacingTV.com.
See you folks the first weekend of December and thanks also to our sponsors for their help all year Jim Wolf Technology, Hoosier Tires, America’s Tire in Clovis, Carbotech Brake Pads, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Prospeed RS683, Nissan Motorsports, Performance In-Frame Tuning, T.E.M. Machine Shop, Figstone Graphics, ST Suspensions, Atomic Speedware, Circuit Sports, SGear, G Spec Performance, Bay Ex, Napa Valley Muffler, B&G Tires, Miracle Auto Body and Paint, Napa Valley Transmissions, Economy Stock Feed, J&B Farms, Bottlers Unlimited, and Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services.