Race teams have once again taken on the challenge of racing twice around the clock plus an hour in the chill of Northern California December. Just finishing the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill is an accomplishment, let alone winning. Two Mazda teams emerged victorious in their classes during the Dec. 2-3, 2017, race in which the overall winner covered 2,200 miles.
One of those was the Trim-Tex Racing Team of Joe Koenig, Josh Bilicki, Britt Casey Jr. and Cameron Cassels, winning the E1 class in their Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car. The team recovered nicely from last year’s disappointment when a mechanical problem during the grueling torture test of a race weekend left them just short of winning the class. Just two laps separated Trim-Tex Racing and second-place class finisher Team MooreWood Racing.
"We were so close to victory at this race last year, but we had a gear box problem that cost us the win,” says Josh. “We collected everything we learned about this race last year and came back even stronger this year. We had a really strong driver line up and it showed. We had a near flawless race, with the exception of losing fifth gear with four hours to go. We were able to successfully nurse the car home to a two lap win. It was a great way to redeem ourselves after last year. Thank you to Joe Koenig and Team Trim-Tex for bringing me back to the team this year. We are already beginning to plan our 2018 effort!”
Full results for the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill can be found here: https://racehero.io/events/nasa-norcal-25-hrs-of-thunderhill-12-2-3/results/1073743881.