Four Factory Five Teams Attack Thunderhill

FFR Cars Compete in Both 25 Hour and 6 Hour Endurance Races

This year, four teams are competing in Factory Five cars at the annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in Northern California.

Returning for the 5th time overall is Former West Coast challenge series champion and current Endurance series leader Karen Salvaggio and her Thunder Valley Racing team.

This will be the teams third run in this race with the Type 65 coupe competing in the E0 class and the car has been running strong in the West Coast Endurance Championship all year.

Click here to watch a video of Team Thunder Valley Racing in a 3-hour enduro on October 8, 2011.

Team Boothman Racing is returning for the fourth straight year with a modified challenge car running in the ES class.

Last years car proved to be very fast, top ten overall in lap times, but an early wheel stud problem forced the team to play catch-up for most of the race. Click here for a live video feed from the Team Boothman pit.

Team PDG lead by long time Factory Five friend and customer Richard Migliori is also retuning for his 5th straight year in the race prepared GTM-R, having been close to the overall win 2 years ago they are one of the cars to watch in the ES class.

New this year and running in the 6 hour is the Awender/Coon team running a spec legal challenge car in the E1 class. Once the 6 hour race is over, they will be joining the Thunder Valley team for the remainder of the race.

All four of the team will be running with heavy hearts after the loss of Thunder Valley crew chief Andy Salvaggio only a few months back, Andy was always a big help to all the participants and his friendly advice and big smile will be sorely missed.
Schedule (please note all times are PST!)
Friday Dec 2
9am – 4:30pm = Test/Tune
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM warm-up / practice (95 dBA @ 100’)
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM qualifying

Saturday Dec 3
9:30 – 10:30 AM Mandatory Pre-Grid. Any car not gridded by 10:30 AM will start in the rear.
10:40 – 10:50 AM All personnel to stand near their cars. No working on cars. Military announcements,
demonstrations, etc. will take place.
10:50 – 10:55 AM Drivers belt in and prepare. Resume warming engines.
10:55 AM Five-minute board.
11:00 AM Pace car takes the track – RACE START
5:00 PM Sound limit warnings end and black flagging begins.
5:00 PM Checkered Flag for 6-Hour drivers.

Sunday Dec 4
12:00 noon Checkered flag.

NASA 25hr event website

Live Timing/Scoring

Radio Broadcast