WILLOWS, Calif. — TruSpeed Motorsports claimed 2nd place overall in the team’s first run at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, finishing just behind the two-time defending champion Mercer Motorsports team. Drivers Tom Haacker, Gregg Hodges, Sloan Urry and D. Bryce Miller teamed to pilot the #29 TruSpeed/G22 Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to a stellar finish in what was nearly all of the team’s first true endurance event. In all, more than 80 cars took the green flag, and through the typical dense fog and more than 15 hours of complete dark, the team was able to avoid incidents, lap consistently and crucially, avoid time spent in the pits.
Team Manager Tyler Tadevic said, “I’m so proud of our whole team for the success we had at Thunderhill. Our drivers were treating this event as a test run for a planned series of endurance events in 2012, and our stated goal before the race was to see the checkered flag. Taking 2nd place, and making it a contest with the eventual winners – with their significantly higher budget and newer, faster car – absolutely exceeded our expectations. The drivers and our crew performed flawlessly, and the result proves it. Tom Haacker recently had his mother pass away, and he had dedicated the race to her memory, so it was definitely a bittersweet moment at the finish. Thunderhill is not an easy track in the dark, and well more than half of the race is run in absolute pitch black conditions, so for our drivers to keep their noses clean and avoid the incidents that are everyone’s gremlin in endurance racing is a huge testament to their skill and patience. In a 25 hour race, the total elapsed time that our car spent in the pits was less than 20 minutes, which is a huge accomplishment. All in all, we’re thrilled with the result and I think it bodes really well for the 2012 endurace racing season!”