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Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports scored their third consecutive overall victory at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill this past weekend in Willows, CA. Considered North America’s longest endurance racing event, the 25 Hours is one of the premier events held annually by National Auto Sport Association (NASA).
Winning overall and finishing first in the ES Class was the #45 Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS driven by Darren Law, Charlie Hayes, Tom Haacker and Nathan Stacy. With great weather conditions throughout the race, the Toyo Proxes Slicks-equipped Audi completed a total of 780 laps on the 3.0-mile Thunderhill road course, a new record for the most laps completed in the race. And just like last year, their margin of victory was six laps over the second-place finisher.
The new Toyo Tires GT Challenge class was won by the #74 Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Running on class specified 18-inch Toyo Proxes RR DOT competition tires, the Porsche completed 658 laps during the 25-hour road race with a best lap time of 1:54.740. The driver line-up included Craig Watkins, Johannes van Overbeek, Michael Hedlund and Ross Thompson.
“What an amazing weekend. It was our third consecutive overall race win with Flying Lizard Motorsports in our Audi R8 LMS Ultra and there were four vehicles that won their classes using Toyo Tires in the NASA 25 Hour,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “I think we have proven once again that the Toyo Proxes family of tires is the only choice for those who are serious about winning.”
“What an amazing race for us. It isn’t easy getting through 25 hours of racing and to win this event overall for the 3rd year in a row shows the ability of our organization,” said Darren Law, program manager, Flying Lizard Motorsports. “I really had a great time driving this weekend, the Audi R8 LMS was on rails. Not only was the car preparation great but the Toyo Tires were amazing. You could place the car anywhere on track. We were double-stinting tires throughout the night and able to keep the same pace as a fresh set.”