It's race day for America's longest and most eclectic motor race, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Follow along with Rennsport's live on-site coverage here!
(Welcome to the second annual on-site-ish Rennsport live blog from Thunderhill. Your hosts today are DannyCatSteve, live from Rennsport headquarters in Texas, and Fred "Porsche9146" Smith, live from circuit in Willows, California. Posts by me will be marked with a "P", while posts by Danny will be marked with a "D". All posts are in Pacific Standard Time, with newer posts at the top.)
12:00 PM, P: And with that, the 2014 25 Hours of Thunderhill is complete. Your overall race winner is the #17 Davidson Racing Norma-BMW that dominated the majority of the race, piloted by team owner Bob Davidson as well as pros Randy Pobst, Brian Friselle, Randy Pobst, Alex Lloyd, Dominic Cicero and Kyle Marcelli. The overall winner completed 681 laps of the circuit.
Your overall top 10 is pictured and your class podiums are as follows:
ESR - 1. #17 Davidson Racing Norma-BMW, 2. #62 Team Vegas/One Motorsports Radical SR3, 3. #48 Crowd Strike/One Motorsports Radical SR3
ES - 1. #00 Award Motorsports/Ehret Family Winery Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2. #6 Stammer Inc BMW M3 (E46), 3. #03 Team Quick Racing Products Superlite SLC
E1 - 1. #67 Sparta Evo Brakes BMW 3-Series (E90), 2. #95 Grip Racing BMW 3-Series (E46), 3. #14 HQ Autosport BMW 3-Series (E46)
E0 -1. #31 El Diablo Motorsports BMW M3, 2. #32 CA Sport BMW M33. #33 CA Sport/Skullcandy Team Nissan 370Z,
E3 - 1. #23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata, 2. #07 New York Rock Exchange Acura Integra, 3. #78 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata
E2 - 1. #34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8, 2. #10 Racecraft BMW 325IS, 3. #29 Gone Racing Mazda Miata
11:45 AM, P: Fifteen minutes remain.
11:32 AM, P: With an 18 lap advantage and just 28 minutes of racing left, the #17 Davidson Racing Norma has clinched the overall victory.
11:23 AM, P: The only thing crazier than a home-made, twin-engined Mini is a reliable home-made, twin-engined Mini. This car has been on track since 7:00 PM last night without issue.
11:00 AM, P: 24 hours down, just the signature one more to go. Class leaders: #17 Davidson Racing Norma - ESR, #00 Award Motorsport/Ehret Family Porsche - ES, #67 Sparta Evo Brakes BMW - E1, #31 El Diablo Motorsports BMW - E0, #23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata - E3, #34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8 - E2.
10:50 AM, P: Just about everyone here's been spending the last 24 hours waiting for the inevitable major issue for the race-leading Davidson Norma, but at this point, it's time to entertain the possibility that an ESR car might actually finish (And win!) this race.
10:33 AM, P: Like this one, for instance.
10:31 AM, P: At this point, most of the podiums are decided. These last 90 minutes are about not being the poor soul who gets a Miata stuck in the mud with less than a tenth of the race left to run.
9:58 AM, P: Woah, lots of opinions about Ohio State being thrown around down here!
Not really. There's six people in this room and half are asleep.
9:37 AM, P: Much to my surprise, the Twin-engined "Twini" Mini has spent most of the race on track. I've only personally seen it behind the wall once. The Wolf and two Radicals, meanwhile, are cars designed for sports car racing by professionals that have spent more time off track than on.
9:28 AM, P: Back to green after a lengthy recovery of an off-track vehicle. Two and a half hours left.
9:18 AM, P: After a long run under green, we're back under the safety car.
9:08 AM, P: An update on the condition of the driver of the #71 Miata that brought out the earlier red flag:
8:04 AM, P: The gap in E1 is now just eleven seconds, the closest on-track battle for a class win seen in hours.
8:00 AM, P: Class leaders after 21 hours of racing: #17 Davidson Racing Norma - ESR, #00 Award Motorsport/Ehret Family Porsche - ES, #67 Sparta Evo Brakes BMW - E1, #33 CA Sport/Skullcandy Team Nissan 370Z - E0, #23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata - E3, #34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8 - E2.
7:52 AM, P: After some very important research, I've discovered that the New York Rock Exchange Acura Integra's sponsor is in fact a website for buying and selling shares of music, somehow, and not a gem and mineral trade site. So, if you want some sweet quartzite, you might have to go elsewhere.
7:44 AM, P: With just over four hours left, there are still competitive battles for the win in two classes. In E1, the Sparta Evo Brakes BMW has just one lap of lead on the Grip Racing BMW behind it. In E3, RJ Racing's Miata has the same margin over the New York Rock Exchange Acura Integra.
7:42 AM, P: This could be a big win for the Davidson Racing Norma, but will the committee be able to overlook their loss to Virginia Tech at home?
7:39 AM, P: The overall leading Davidson Norma has about 30 minutes worth of lead.
7:32 AM, P: Been back under green flag running for a few laps now. Little change up front, but the sun has clearly brought much more aggressive maneuvering from the ES and ESR cars around lap traffic than what we've seen the past few hours.
7:23 AM, P: Are those dive planes important.
7:16 AM, P: Given all the issues it has had and continues to have, the Superlite SLC still sits an impressive fourth overall and still has a full ten laps on 5th place.
7:12 AM, D: The Superlite can't catch a break. It is off with another car in turn 2, resulting in a safety car. Fred is awake from his nap and is ready to take back control of the live blog until the finish. Until we meet again.
6:50 AM, D: A new day daws. Nothing has really changed in the past few hours except for the issues suffered by the #03.
6:17 AM, D: After a lengthy time spent at a reduced pace, the field is now at full sound, again. Meanwhile, an interesting story from Ryan Eversley...
5:56 AM, D: Another short green flag run and the yellow flags wave.
5:31 AM, D: Things remaining steady as the sun begins to rise. Here's the top ten, currently.
5:21 AM, D: Green flag back in the air. Timing is fully operational again.
5:11 AM, D: FCY appears to be for a car stopped on track. Endurance Radio believes it is the 02.
5:07 AM, D: Safety car back out.
4:38 AM, D: Timing and scoring is having dramas again, but nothing has changed since going back to green as far as I know.
4:20 AM, D: GREEN FLAG BACK IN THE AIR.
4:10 AM, D: Safety car for a car off at turn 11. Also for me to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
4:00 AM, D: Just a third of the race left to run. 17 down. 8 to go.
3:45 AM, D: A quick spin for the second place #00 Ehret Family Porsche. Hasn't seemed to harm them too much.
3:38 AM, D: Lets give you an update on each class:
ESR - 1. Davidson Racing Norma (Lap 430), 3. Team Vegas/One Motorsports Radical (Lap 344) 3. Crowd Strike/One Motorsports Radical (Lap 344)
ES - 1. Award Motorsports/Ehret Family Porsche (Lap 419), 2. Stammer Inc BMW (Lap 413), 3. Team Quick Racing Products Superlite SLC (Lap 410)
E0 - 1. CA Sport/Skullcandy Nissan (Lap 388), 2. Hankook Tires/El Diablo BMW (Lap 386), 3. BF Goodrich Road Shagger Racing BMW M3 (Lap 384)
E1 - 1. Sparta Evo Brakes BMW (Lap 390), 2. Grip Racing BMW (Lap 389), 3. Technik/HQ Autosport BMW (Lap 384)
E2 - 1. Team RDR Mazda RX-8 (Lap 371), 3. Racecraft BMW (Lap 337), 3. Gone Racing Mazda Miata (Lap 277)
E3 - 1. RJ Racing Mazda Miata (Lap 376), 2. New York Rock Exchange Acura Integra(!) (Lap 375), 3. Sector Purple Racing Miata (Lap 374)
3:19 AM, D: This would be the time during Le Mans or Daytona where Justin Bell travels to the infield to talk with ferals. Fred watching Mike Skeen eat a wrap is PRETTY MUCH that.
3:09 AM, D: Let me tell you about being tired: It's what I am. Let me tell you about the top two: it's the same as it was like 11 hours ago.
3:02 AM, P: In a few minutes, Danny will take back over to get you through some of these overnight hours. While he's doing that, I'm going to attempt to sleep until I am no longer amused by the fact that Mike Skeen is eating a tortilla wrap at 3 AM.
2:58 AM, P: I can confirm something very important: Superlight SLC driver Mike Skeen is eating not one, but two, tortilla wraps.
He ate a sandwich of unknown description earlier in the evening.
This concludes this hour's important breaking news.
2:49 AM, P: Not much happening on track right now, which is a good thing after such a turbulent early night. Mazda's John Doonan did ask me for directions to race control, though.
I am not qualified to give John Doonan directions to race control.
2:21 AM, P: Can confirm it's just the #70 left for the once 3-car Mazda6 factory operation.
2:10 AM, P: Now is as good a time as ever to remind you about Endurance Radio's great coverage of today's event. Online radio: It's like a live blog, but live-r, and less blog-y.
2:00 AM, P: Back to green after another very lengthy yellow.
1:56 AM, P: The car that brought out this most recent safety car was the #56 Mazda6.
1:52 AM, P: Your overall top 10 under this safety car
1:41 AM, P: Safety car is for a car off in 9. May have rolled.
1:36 AM, P: Safety car is out. Not sure why.
1:24 AM, P: Finally into a long green flag run. Little change in the overall top 10, but the #66 Silverado stock car racer has been in the garage for a while and fallen down to just P24 overall.
12:42 AM, P: Moving into P5 overall is the #25 Honda Racing West Acura ILX, still lapping over 20 seconds slower than the overall leader! It still sits a distant fourth in the ES category, but now leads the entire E1 and E0 categories, both made up primarily of quicker cars!
12:35 AM, P: Both of the remaining healthy factory-entered Mazda6s are reported to be smoking. Separately.
Those cars were practically bulletproof last year. Not so lucky the second time 'round...
12:24 AM, P: Back green after a long yellow to recover two cars off-track, potentially stuck in mud. I can confirm no vans on the track for the restart.
12:10 AM, P: Couldn't tell you what that safety car period was actually for, but I can confirm that a van was very briefly on track. Why a van? Good question. I thought it was corner worker transport at first, but then it just sort of stopped in front of a wrecker in the middle of a corner.
But yeah, there's vans here.
12 Hours to go.
11:57 PM, P: The safety car again takes to the track as we're about to pass into the 7th of December, 2014 at the circuit. Surprisingly, I've yet to hear one instance of #TalkinBoutTheNoles. Maybe that'll change between now and the College Football Playoff selection show in the morning.
11:42 PM, P: Class podiums with just under half the race left:
ESR - 1. Davidson Racing Norma (Lap 328), 2. Crowd Strike/One Motorsports Radical (Lap 255), 3. Team Vegas/One Motorsports Radical (Lap 254)
ES - 1. Award Motorsports/Ehret Family Porsche (Lap 322), 2. Stammer Inc BMW (Lap 314), 3. Cold Cock Whiskey Chevrolet (Lap 308)
E0 - 1. CA Sport/Skullcandy Nissan (Lap 293), 2. Hankook Tires/El Diablo BMW (Lap 289), 3. Road Shagger Racing BMW (Lap 289)
E1 - 1. Grip Racing BMW (Lap 296), 2. Sparta Evo Brakes BMW (Lap 295), 3. Technik/HQ Autosport BMW (Lap 290)
E2 - 1. Team RDR Mazda RX-8 (Lap 282), 2. Gone Racing Mazda Miata (Lap 273), 3. Racecraft BMW (Lap 266)
E3 - 1. RJ Racing Mazda Miata (Lap 286), 2. Sector Purple Racing Miata (Lap 284), 3. New York Rock Exchange Acura Integra(!) (Lap 283)
11:36 PM, P: And just as soon as we've all finished learning about Johnny's time on the docks, we've got a safety car on track. What's the safety car for, you ask?
Well, I've still only got the one window, it's still very dark outside and Endurance Radio still only has about three more corners of visibility than me, so either nothing at all or something in one of the two corners in the blind spot. Equally likely scenarios.
11:30 PM, P: 12 and a half hours down, 12 and a half to go. As is Rennsport tradition:
11:22 PM, P: Back under green now. Little change in the running order.
11:12 PM, P: Safety car out for another beached car. Sounds like the car with an issue is the ES class #89 Lang Racing Development BMW.
11:09 PM, P: In the top 5 just a few hours ago, the #48 Radical undergoes an engine change.
11:06 PM, P: 12 Hours down. That's halfway in Pays De La Loire and Florida. We've still got 13 hours left today.
10:34 PM, P: The JFC Racing Wolf finally returns to the track after spending another few hours in the garage.
10:29 PM, P: Back to green after what was a 15 minute yellow.
10:15 PM, P: Safety car for a parked Radical. Thought to be #48.
10:01 PM, P: Your class leaders after 11 hours of racing: ESR - #17 Davidson Racing Norma, ES - #00 Award Motorsport/Ehret Family Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, E1 - #95 Grip Racing BMW 3-Series, E0 - #33 CA Sport/Skullcandy Nissan 370Z, E3 - #23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata, E2 - #34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8
9:57 PM, P: Back under green.
9:53 PM, P: After that long run under green, the Safety Car returns.
9:31 PM, P: That, uh, doesn't seem safe, guys. Nonetheless, Davidson Racing continues to lead overall.
9:28 PM, P: An Acura ILX now sits in 6th overall. Yes, an Acura ILX. It has a best lap of 2:00.7, 22 full seconds slower than the overall leader.
9:24 PM, P: Still no update on the condition of the driver of the #71 Miata. None will be passed down until an official update is given.
9:10 PM, P: Appears it was the #71 Sector Purple Miata involved in the red flag collision. The car formerly lead E2, but that position now goes to Team RDR's #34 RX-8
9:04 PM, P: Back to green after 33 minutes of delay.
8:56 PM, P: Red withdrawn, back under safety car.
8:45 PM, P: Sounds like one of the Miatas, maybe #71, rolled.
8:42 PM, P: The #55 is getting towed into the paddock. Still under red.
8:39 PM, P: Sounds like the collision may have involved the #55 Mazda or the #54 Seat Leon.
8:36 PM, P: Still not sure what the red flag is for. The Davidson Racing Eagle is officially retired.
8:35 PM, P: Red flag out. Not sure why.
8:31 PM, P: Another safety car.
8:28 PM, P: Back to green.
8:21 PM, P: Apparently, the Davidson Racing Eagle has a Panoz LMP1 engine.
So, if you were wondering why it isn't running.
8:18 PM, P: The Wolf is going on the hook. Full course yellow.
8:16 PM, P: The #03 Superlite SLC returns to the track. The Wolf has also returned, only to immediately stop on the front stretch.
That's not recommended.
8:14 PM, P: The #03 Superlite SLC remains on the pit lane, fifth overall, but is getting to the point where it's about to lose a position every lap.
8:01 PM, P: Class leaders after 9 hours of racing: ESR - #17 Davidson Racing Norma, ES - #00 Award Motorsport/Ehret Family Porsche, E0 - #31 Hankook Tires/El Diablo BMW M3, E1 - #95 Grip Racing BMW 3-Series, E2 - #71 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata, E3 - #78 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata
7:54 PM, P: Ryan Eversley reports on Endurance Radio that the issue for the #03 SLC is a leaky water line.
7:51 PM, P: Green flag back in the air. The Team Quick Racing Products Superlite SLC is has fallen to fourth under the safety car.
7:45 PM, P: Unscheduled stop for the #03 Superlite SLC. Engine cover off. Was running second in ES.
7:43 PM, P: Safety car out. Again. Not looking like a record speed this year...
7:33 PM, P: Huge gaps in ultimate pace between the top 5 now. The leading Norma's fast lap is a 1:38.3. The fifth place Silverado stock car's fast lap? 1:54.4.
7:17 PM, P: Back to green. Still no clear reason for that safety car.
7:14 PM, P: Another classic safety car for no clear reason. The early running of this year's race has already seen a litany of full-course yellows.
7:10 PM, P: Your class leaders after 8 hours of racing: ESR - #17 Davidson Racing Norma-BMW, ES - #03 Team Quick Racing Products Superlite SLC, E0 - #31 El Diablo Motorsports BMW M3, E1 - #95 Grip Racing BMW 3-Series, E3 - #78 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata, E2, #71 Sector Purple Racing Mazda Miata
6:57 PM, P: On the restart, the back-and-forth for second overall and first in ES continues, with the #03 Superlite SLC again taking that spot.
6:44 PM, P: In addition, the #03 Superlite SLC again ceded the second overall position to the Ehret Family Porsche just a few laps ago. In off-track news for that entry, driver Mike Skeen just got a sandwich with lettuce. Sources report it as a BLT.
6:42 PM, P: Drama on track as we've got another full course yellow for a stalled car. Endurance Radio reports that the car on track is the #48 Radical, currently running 2nd in ESR and 5th overall.
6:30 PM, P:GREEN FLAG BACK IN THE AIR. Looks like we've had a lead change in ES and a change for second overall under this safety car, with Ryan Eversley taking the top spot in that class with the #03 Superlite SLC, taking the spot from the Ehret Family Porsche.
6:28 PM, P: The beautiful #52 JFR Wolf has been in and out of the garage for the past few hours. It currently sits without any bodywork as it undergoes another major repair.
6:25 PM, P: The full course yellow has been out for about 15 minutes now and nobody is quite sure why, so if you've ever wondered what it would be like if NASCAR hosted a club race, this is it.
6:14 PM, P: Mazda's factory Mazda6 program has an interesting collection of spares for their three entries: An off-the-lot sacrifice donor car! From what I can see, it's already provided parts to the #70 and #55 entries.
6:10 PM, P: We've got WiFi at Thunderhill, finally! The situation remains much as it has been for the past few hours, with the #17 Davidson Racing Normal nearly singlehandedly flying the ESR flag in P1 overall. The Ehret Family Porsche is taking advantage of traditional Porsche Cup reliability to hold down second and the lead in ES, ahead of the #03 Superlite SLC and the #6 Stammer Inc BMW E46 3-Series.
6:09 PM, D: Fred is at the track and set up, so now is his turn for the next several hours. Thanks for reading. See you later.
5:58 PM, D: Here are the class leaders at the end of nearly 7 hours. ESR/Overall: #17 Davidson Racing Norma. ES: #00 Award Motorsport Ehret Family Porsche. E0: #21 El Diablo Motorsports BMW M3. E1: #95 Grip Racing BMW 330i. E3: #23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata. E2: #34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8.
5:30 PM, D: Safety car. Top ten:
5:19 PM, D: I haven't eaten since the race started, so it's chicken nugget time. I encourage you all to also make nuggest as we take a short break.
5:13 PM, D: The Wolf has some sort of issue and has dropped like a fly. It's now hanging onto a top ten.
5:03 PM, D: A battle for the lead ensues and the #17 is back to where it was for most of the early hours.
5:00 PM, D: GREEN GLAG BACK IN THE AIR. 19 hours to go.
4:49 PM, D: Safety car once more, this time due to the #18 Ford stopped at turn 8.
4:43 PM, D: The #17 is making a comeback. They now reside in 2nd and are on the same lap as the leading Radical.
4:35 PM, D: There is a team here called "Grip Racing." Make your own Graham Rahal jokes.
4:25 PM, D: The top ten after the shuffles of the last hour.
4:13 PM, D: The Ehret Family Porsche now sits second as the Wolf drops down to P5. The #03 Superlite is in a podium spot ahead of the reamerged Norma.
4:01 PM, D: LEAD CHANGE: The problems for the two leaders has given the #48 Radical the chance to show its might. The Norma is back on track but the Wolf is still trying to correct its issues.
3:55 PM, D: The cars that were running first and second are now both back in the lane for unscheduled stops. Front bodywork off on the Davidson Norma and the rear bodywork has been removed on the Norma while they work on the cars.
3:43 PM, D: Back to racing, closing in on five hours.
3:28 PM, D: Here are the class leaders at the end of nearly 4 1/2 hours. ESR/Overall: #52 JFC Racing Wolf. ES: #00 Award Motorsport Ehret Family Porsche. E0: #21 El Diablo Motorsports BMW M3. E1: Technik/HQ Autosport BMW 330Ci. E3: #07 New York Rock Exchange Acura Integra. E2: #34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8.
3:18 PM, D: JOY TO THE WORLD, TIMING IS BACK. Here's the current top ten as the fifth safety car of the race has been deployed.
3:08 PM, D: The race leading Norma is in pit lane! Word is that it has recieved a penalty. This elevates the Wolf into first place.
2:54 PM, D: GREEN FLAG BACK IN THE AIR. The #16, currently driven by TUSC star Dion Von Moltke, has come to a halt once more. YELLOW FLAG BACK IN THE AIR.
2:48 PM, D: Another full course yellow after just a short green flag run. Awaiting confirmation on the reason.
2:38 PM, D: GREEN FLAG BACK IN THE AIR.
2:34 PM, D: The safety car picked up car #17, indicated it is the leader. The #52 is probably second.
2:28 PM, D: Second safety car of the race, but not sure of the cause at this second.
2:09 PM, D: DRAMERS. The #16 has stopped on track neat turn seven! Reports are that it's a fuel issue.
2:00 PM, D: Three hours into the 2014 Thunderhill 25. The event has been dominated by Davidson Racing so far, with the #17 Norma leading most of the race and the #16 Eagle running consistently in the top three. The JFC Wolf is holding its own with the bunch though, in second.
1:45 PM, D: The #62 Radical has stopped in the pit lane entrance! The Superlite and a Radical both had to rejoin onto the circuit instead of taking their stops. The car is being recovered.
1:34 PM, D: According to the radio broadcast, the Davidson Norma still has the advantage on the #52 Wolf and the Eagle is up in third. No fix for timing yet.
1:15 PM, D: Live timing is still down. It is during this time we wish to inform you that this race is still fun, neat, cool, and interesting.
1:05 PM, D: The JFC Wolf snatches the lead from the #17 Norma. The first time in this event that a Davidson car has been in front.
12:59 PM, D: As we near the end of the second hour, it is still the Davidson Racing Norma who leads ahead of the JFC Racing Wolf. The Green Racing Alternative Norma has spent several minutes in the pits as the crew tries to diagnose the problem.
12:47 PM, D: If Ryan Newman is watching, he must be convinced that NASA's timing and scoring being down supports his claim that the moon landing was fake. This blog should should be renamed the 25 Hours of Lame Jokes.
12:42 PM, D: The #16, ES and overall leader, is in as is the Green Alternative Norma. At the same time a flurry of two or three cars has dropped wheels into the dirt.
12:38 PM, D: Timing and scoring is down — PROBABLY due to a Soviet EMP — so updates might be hard for the next few minutes. The Davidson Eagle is believed to be the leader and has yet to make its first trip to pit lane.
12:34 PM, D: Davidson's #17 Norma has an extended stay for some bodywork repair, allowing the JFC Wolf up a spot.
12:30 PM, D: 90 minutes in as scheduled stops begin. Here's the running order as the Norma and Wolf come in for service.
12:27 PM, D: Davidson Norma leads the Davidson Eagle. Greg Murphy is apparently racing here this weekend as the #82 BMW just recieved a five minute penalty for a fuel spill.
12:14 PM, D: It's gone a bit quiet as the race begins to settle into a rhythm. Not much has changed since the restart.
12:06 PM, D: The Davidson Norma is clearly in a class of its own at the moment, just turning a 1:38.371. Luckily for the rest of the field this is kind of a long race where things can change.
12:01 PM, D: GREEN FLAG BACK IN THE AIR. The Davidson Eagle elevates itself into third as their Norma blazes away from everyone else.
12:00 PM, D: The real cause of the safety car is a man standing on the circuit. What do you mean that's just a reflection?
11:50 AM, D: FCY #1. The #64 Mazder Miata is on fire. This will present us with the first GREEN FLAG BACK IN THE AIR opportunity.
11:48 AM, D: The #02 BMW appears to be moving slowly down the front straight. Meanwhile the #25 Acura has rejoined the motor race after an off. The #02 is now in pit lane.
11:40 AM, D: Dick Johnson Racing is running first and fourth. Wait, wrong series. Davidson's cars are doing well so far.
11:30 AM, D: The running order at the end of 30 minutes. Further down, the #67 BMW 328i leads E1, the #34 Team RDR "Ahh Exx Ayte" commands E2 and SP Racing's (not SMP or SPM) Miatas run 1-2 in the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
11:24 AM, D: The Wolf howls past car #03 into second place of the motor race. Yes, that is a joke I just made.
11:20 AM, D: It appears our first proper battle might be about to emerge for second overall between the #03 Superlite and the #52 JFC Racing Wolf.
11:15 AM, D: The leader drops a 1:41.857, five seconds faster than the #03 Superlite in second place.
11:10 AM, D: GREEN FLAG IN THE AIR! The Davidson Norma leads the first flyer from pole position.
11:09 AM, D: The field has made it's way through pit road to get a gauge on the speed limit. Now on the second pace lap, we could see the GREEN FLAG IN THE AIR for the actual start.
11:00 AM, D: The cars set off on their formation lap as the clock starts because this is one of those zany endurance races that starts timing before the green flag.
10:55 AM, D: 5 minutes from the start.
10:37 AM, D: I predict this race will be fun, neat, cool, and interesting.
10:30 AM, P: Robb Holland's 2013 race winning RoTek Audi TT does not return to the grid, but many of 2013's contenders do, including the JFC Racing Wolf that dominated the race before very briefly catching on fire (Which, of course, is too much time to catch on fire). Also appearing are three prototypes from Davidson Racing, two Normas and a bespoke closed-cockpit "Eagle", a Chevrolet Silverado stock car, Prototype Development Group's Factory Five GTM and a pair of ever-popular Radical SR3s. Other contenders include the race's lone Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the Superlite SLC driven by IMSA stars Mike Skeen and Ryan Eversley, and a twin-engined Mini. In the lower classes, the traditional host of Miatas, E46s, factory-run road cars (Acura and Mazda both have examples on the grid this year) and miscellaneous wonders (Like a late model stock car and a Seat Leon spec racer) round out the capacity grid. The race is about to start, and with that, I hand it off to Danny to bring you the early action as-it-happens.