PRI: Toyo Tires Wins The 25hrs of Thunderhill

The 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance was dominated by the Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS. They won by 35 laps and they did it on Toyo Tires. This is Toyo’s first overall win at the famed 25hr race and is a significant achievement for any tire manufacturer.

The team took the overall lead seven hours in to the race Saturday evening and never looked back. When the defending race champions from Davidson Racing had issues with their Norma, the Lizards took over the lead and were never challenged for the remaining 18 hours.

The rain and mist allowed the Audi R8 LMS benefitted to benefit from its awesome traction control, ABS brakes and choice of two different Toyo tire rain compounds to pull off the win at the 13th running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The winning entry was driven by Darren Law, Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo, Tomonobu Fujii and Thomas Sadler.

“Excellent run by the team,” Darren Law said. “The team is so good with this car and these long races. The Toyo tires were just phenomenal. We went from dry tires to wets, to intermediates and they performed great across the spectrum. We did what we set out to accomplish, winning in dominating fashion. Almost half of the race was run in the rain. The Toyo rain tire had us just hooked up. Their rain tire has a lot of grip which made it really fun to drive in those conditions.”

For those interested in the other classes, here are the top three by class at the 2015 25hrs of Thunderhill.

ES

No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8, 690 laps *overall winner

No. 3 Quick Racing Products, SuperLite SLC, 655 laps

No. 4 Prototype Development Group Factory Five GTM, 631 laps

ESR

No. 69 Gryphon Racing Praga, 626 laps

No. 10 CRE/Jackson Racing Wolf, 554 laps

No. 52 JFC Racing Wolf, 479 laps

E0

No. 30 El Diablo Motorsports BMW, 617 laps

No. 03 Edgle Last Minute Motorworks BMW, 607 laps

No. 61 RoadShagger BMW, 603 laps

E1

No. 0 Grip Racing 0 BMW, 615 laps

No. 95 Grip Racing 95, 607 laps

No. 42 THRW/Honda Racing 1, 601 laps

E2

No. 34 RDR Mazda RX-8, 570 laps

No. 32 Team Gone Racing, Mazda Miata, 535 laps

No. 12 HPD Honda Racing 1, Honda Fit, 157 laps

E3

No. 40 RAmotorsports40, Mazda Miata, 593 laps

No. 7 Augersmiles.com/New Rock Exchange, Acura Integra, 588 laps

No. 23 RJ Racing, Mazda Miata, 581 laps

NP01

No. 6 CLP Racing, NP01, 514 laps

No. 99 11/10ths, NP01, 30 laps

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.