Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Pacing the Field at the 25hr
The United States Air Force proudly present NASA's 2007 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Come join top drivers from around the country and the US Air Force in this all-out assault on Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, CA. It is with great deal of pride and honor that The United States Air Force and Team California's Best Racing is proud to announce Lucky has been asked to be the official honorary pace car at this years 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by The United States Air Force. Longer and more challenging than Le Mans or Daytona; 25 Hours of Thunderhill is the king of enduros. Considered by a world-class field of racers to be the most severe endurance race on the planet.
While Lucky will be a first timer at this years event the same can not be said about Team California's Best Racing. Thunderhill is our home course where we are very proud to say even besides the numerous years of sprint car races we have won more endurance races than any other team in the United States all of which have been against many of the best teams from all over the world. Some of those past accomplishments have been the only team to win the 12 hours of TIMEX Endurance series three times running. We are also the first E2 team to win the 25 Hours of Thunderhill while running against must faster classes of race cars under the most severe conditions ever held on a road course. Driving Lucky at Thunderhill will be like coming home and very familiar to Team California's Best Racing not to mention seeing the respect that Lucky has earned as he leads this years field into what will surely prove to be an awesome event.
I can't begin to tell you what a proud moment it is during the morning ceremonies prior to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. With all of the drivers and team crews standing in formation next to their cars which are parked on the track there is the national anthem played on the bag pipes by the United States Color Guard as they march the full length of the hot pits at the same time while hundreds of teams along with their friends and families and spectators are allowed to stand near the paddock wall. As soon as the national anthem is finished and we all try to hold back the tears or pride the hair that is already standing on end begins to stand even taller as you look us to see the extremely low pass sneak attack of the United Air Force as they come straight over the full length of the raceway and then pull straight up in what has got to the best E-ticket ride known to man. As they disappear out of sight you will hear the announcement. "Drivers, return to your cars and start your engines." It's hard to think anything could be equally as exciting as the La Carrera Panamericana but having done both I have to say both get my heart pounding as if there is no tomorrow.
Enjoy the following video as Gary takes you for a lap around Thunderhill Raceway. This is just one of the awesome race tracks that Team California's Best Racing will compete on in 2008 Endurance Series.
PS: There will still be plenty of post with respect to this year's La Carrera and memories of events and friends that need to be shared so stay tuned.