Mazda racers win two classes at longest U.S. endurance race at Thunderhill
Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Racecars complete Thunderhill 25-Hour debut.
December 8, 2013 (WILLOWS Calif.) — The Venn diagram that best showcases Mazda Motorsports is the overlap between endurance racing and club racing. That overlap was showcased on a freezing cold weekend at the longest endurance race in America, the National Auto Sport Association (NASA)’s US Air Force 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Of the 57 cars that took the green flag on Saturday, 16 of them were Mazda-powered, more than any other brand. When the checkered flag dropped on Sunday, three of the six classes had Mazda racers on the podium, led by Mazda class-wins in the E2 and E3 classes.
Photo by: James Holland
“While Le Mans and Daytona are better known endurance races, the Thunderhill 25 can make a claim as being every bit as challenging,” said Robert Davis, MNAO Senior Vice President, US Operations. “For Mazda to come here with three brand new cars, prepped by volunteer employees on their own time, and a team of dealers and employees to drive them, speaks volumes about our cars and our people. Equally important is having another dozen-plus customer teams who chose to race our products. Success at this track is a combination of having the right cars and the right teams, and a little racing luck, and we’re pleased to have two more wins here. Congratulations to everyone at Sector Purple Racing and RJ Racing on their E2 and E3 wins.”
Mazda class winners and podium finishers at the US Air Force 25 Hours of Thunderhill: 1st Place E2 Sector Purple Racing Mazda MX-5 Miata 1st Place E3 RJ Racing Mazda MX-5 Miata 2nd Place E3 Spare Parts Racing Mazda MX-5 Miata 3rd Place E1 Mazda Dealers Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel 3rd Place E3 A+ Racing Mazda MX-5 Miata
Photo by: Emily Rogers
Thunderhill 25 Hours: Overall victory for Rotek Racing Audi TT RS
Gleason is part of winning team at 25 Hours of Thunderhill