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Farewell To A Friend...

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It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Jim Brian our friend and co-worker has passed away.

Jim had been our front gate guard and fuel attendant for several years. If you have visited Thunderhill in recent times, it was most likely Jim who greeted you upon your arrival to the track with a smile and his friendly, gentle nature.

Our condolences go out to Jim's family and friends at this most dificult time, and our thoughts are with you. Jim, please rest in peace and know that you will be missed!

 ~ The Team At Thunderhill~

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For the four days leading up to Saturday December 3rd, race teams from all over the world will be converging on Willows, California for the 9th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest automobile endurance race in the western hemisphere. The grueling test of man and machine will take the green flag at 11 am on Saturday December 3rd and proceed non-stop until noon on Sunday December 4th. Eighty six [86] teams composed of as many as six drivers per team will battle fender to fender, rain or shine, on the three-mile, fifteen turn road racing course located just west of Interstate 5 on highway 162 in Willows California. The overall winning team will have never stopped except for fuel, tires and driver changes and will have completed more laps than any other car on the track in the 25 hours that have elapsed. Other drivers will have done the same in their respective classes resulting in one overall race winner and five class winners representing different sizes and styles of cars.
“This is the most grueling race anywhere in the world,” noted event organizer Jerry Kunzman. “At tracks like Daytona, Sebring and even LeMans in France the  endurance races held there are the result of years of practice and adjustment.” “Even though we have done this event on eight previous occasions, the look and feel of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill is a throw back to a time when racing was not about big-business and the competitors were a combination of driving talents and back-yard mechanics.” “This is a race that everyone knows about and talks about but no one wants to change.” “No one wants it to become a big publicity deal,” Kunzman said.
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Mercer Motorsports Going for Hat-Trick at NASA 25 Hour

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The National Auto Sport Association 25 Hours of Thunderhill is less than three months away, Dec. 3-4. Mercer Motorsports has filed their entry and will be going for their third win in a row.
Mercer Motorsports will field a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with an all-star line-up of drivers, including American Le Mans Series regular Johannes van Overbeek; Grand-Am Prototype Champion, Jon Fogarty; Porsche Factory Driver and Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona winner Wolf Henzler are joined by Rich Walton, and American Le Mans Series Crew Chief Tommy Sadler.
"Mercer Motorsports has won the event, overall, the last two years in a row," van Overbeek said. "I've won it twice. We're coming back again this year. The event is a great grassroots level race with a low barrier to entry and a fun mix of pros, amateurs, fast and touring cars. I ran my first car race at Thunderhill's grand opening in October of 1993. I've been a part of the track's growth in both length and popularity. It's a great track with many challenges in a beautiful part of California. I always look forward to going to Thunderhill."
The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill will see a field of over 70 cars going twice around the clock plus an hour over the three-mile, 15-turn track located 90-minutes north of Sacramento.
"The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill is one of our signature events," Jerry Kunzman, NASA Executive Director, said. "It is a great way to close out the year, running 25 hours in Northern California. We have Mercer Motorsports coming back and going for their third straight win. They have a great line-up of drivers with top endurance racing resumes and are the team to beat again this year. We are also anticipating strong private and factory entries making this truly a great event to close out the racing calendar."
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Urgent Message From Thunderhill Raceway

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If you have a vehicle, trailer or RV located in the dirt storage area at Thunderhill Raceway, please call Colleen today at 530-934-5588 ext 100 as we are eliminating this area for other endeavors.

In the future, storage parking will be available on a pay per use, first come first served limited basis only.  

We thank you for your urgent attention to this matter.

Thunderhill Management

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Willows, CA. Current NASCAR-Sprint Cup series point leader, Carl Edwards of Columbia Missouri, will be the featured guest at a gala dinner set for June 23rd at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows California. 
Edwards has been on a roll since the end of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint-Cup racing season. He captured the final race of 2010 at the Homestead Florida Speedway and won again this past March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last weekend he won the prestigious All-Star Sprint Cup at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Edwards will attempt to continue his story book season just three days after his appearance at Thunderhill Park when he competes in his Roush-Fenway Ford #99 at the Infineon Raceway road course in Sonoma California on June 26th.
“This is a very special opportunity to meet and greet one of NASCARS and our nation’s most famous sports heroes,” noted Terry Taylor, Thunderhill CFO. “We only have 99 dinner seats to offer for the $99 per plate price. I hope we will have a sell-out,” Taylor said. The evening will start with a social period starting at 5:30 pm on the patio of the Thunderhill Park Club House and then move inside where all in attendance will be treated to a special sit-down dinner and the opportunity to meet and talk with Carl. Dinner is set to begin at 6pm.
Those wishing to meet Carl Edwards and enjoy the dinner evening can contact Terry Taylor at Thunderhill Park by calling (530) 934-5588 ext 102. Reservations can also be made by mail by sending $99.00 for each attendee to Thunderhill Park, P.O. Box 966, Willows, and CA. 95988. Thunderhill Park is located seven miles west of I-5 at 5250 highway 162.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will be at Infineon for the Save Mart 300, June 24th through the 26th. NASCAR stands for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. To learn more about Thunderhill Park access the track’s web page at www.thunderhill.com.
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The Best Thing About Thunderhill Park Is The Ride....

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At a recent NASA event here I had the opportunity to race the track we all call the “three miles of adrenalin.” If you think about all the road courses that you have driven or ridden on and what that experience was like, the one element that sets them apart is the nature of the “ride”. By this I mean the challenge of the various corners, the length and top speeds of the straights and, most importantly, how it all flows together to make a lap experience. It is like the combination of food quality, service and ambience at that restaurant that you rave about. It’s just special in some unique and almost personal way.
Well known road racer Randy Pobst recently said in his column in Sports Car that Thunderhill Park was the best new track built in the last twenty years. He cited the “flow of the track” along with the large run-off areas and overall “feel“of the place. Given that there has been a building boom of road-race tracks in this time period, this is quite a compliment! It certainly validates the idea that a good track is one that gives the participants something special when the race is done or the lap complete and, finally, when the season is wrapped up.
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Stories From Thunderhill

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Cassidy: Net Optics' Eldad Matityahu shows different business drive
San Jose Mercury News
Employees periodically race the Minis at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, and two employees of the month win the perk of driving a Mini as their ...

Sacramento motorcycle racer competes against husband
Sacramento Bee
"I got Jenn into dirt bikes first, then bought her a street bike, and then I bought her a track day at Thunder Hill (Raceway Park in Willows)," said Jason, ...

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Thunderhill Tire Shop Offers Extra Value To All.

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The Thunderhill Tire Shop offers you great tires and service right at the track.  There is no need to shop anywhere else. Stop by garage 10 and check it out today!

You can now purchase tires online from Thunderhill Park. That's right, all you have to do is point and click. We'll handle your entire order and have them ready for you when you arrive at the track. Remember everything you purchase at Thunderhill actually helps the track make improvements, improvements that you actually can benefit from! 

Buy your tires from Thunderhill today by clicking on the link to the TIRE SHOP above. It is easy and it is good for your racing today and in the future. tires@thunderhill.com

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There's A New Food Guru At Thunderhill

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Thunderhill is proud to announce and welcomes the newest member of our team Jim Thompson. Jim is the new food service manager at Thunderhill and his expertise in all things related to food is second to none.

Don't forget Thunderhill can handle all your food service needs including concessions, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We now offer an expanded catering department offering you choices that you simply will not find at any other track in the country. Jim can do it all and is now available to do it all for you.

Jim is a true professional with food and with people so please give him a call today to discuss all your food needs in 2011. You'll be glad you did! You can contact Jim right now at 530-934-5588 ext 107 or e-mail him at jim@thunderhill.com

We'll see you at the track!

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