CORONA, CA- June 10, 2008. The SoCal Region of the National Auto Sport Association is pleased to report the successful conclusion of the 6 Hours of Buttonwillow Presented by AEM. The Mothers Car Care Products Mazda CX-9 pace car led 40 teams determined to put as many laps behind them in the first ever 6 hour endurance race out of the pits just after high noon. The Landmark Motorsports ESR entry led the field for the first half of the race with stiff competition from the ATG Racing ESR team in a very close chase. Class battles raged throughout the entire race with only one full course caution to pick up a disabled car. The toll of endurance racing forced Prototype Development (ES), Racing for a Reason (E0), Quattro Motorsports (E1), Git It Racing (E2), and AdDynamix (E2) to the pits and out of the race when each of these teams were putting down laps that could have put them on the podium. The ATG Racing ESR took the overall lead from the Landmark ESR at one point in the battle, but needed to make a stop for a splash of fuel just 6 minutes prior to end of the race. Once in the pits, the ATG team was unable to get the car restarted after the fuel went in the tank and the Landmark Motorsports ESR was able to put in a few more laps to regain the lead and take the checker for the overall and ESR class victory. However, the ATG Racing team had put enough laps down to capture the second place position while still in pit lane when the race ended. The E0 win was captured the 2007 25 Hour winning Nitto Tire BMW of Brett Strom. The second podium spot for E0 was earned by the Effin Racing BMW separated by a scant 16 seconds from Bullet Performance in the third spot in class. The ES class winner was Pacific Power Motorsports and they were also fast enough to finish 5th overall in their Porsche. Team Pro Truck nabbed the second podium spot in ES proving the power and reliability of their stock Chevy ZZ4 crate engine. The B and B Mazda RX7 ran well for the entire race and dominated the E1 field. 2-3 Enduro Team USA put in a great showing and earned the second in class for E1. Some of the closest racing throughout the field happens in E2 and the DivaSpeed team fought hard to take their Acura Integra to the top spot in the class. The Miata teams of RDR Miata and RJ Racing earned the 2nd and 3rd spots to round out the class. The E3 class saw the RDR Protégé the sole class entry, so they captured the class win by running consistently and steady the entire race with no penalties or failures. After the podium ceremony the teams enjoyed a fantastic BBQ and got to enjoy the sounds of the Mike Reilly Band. This memorable event could not have been possible without the generous support of SRC Communications, Mazda, Mothers Car Care products, and especially our presenting sponsor AEM. The next round of the Western Regional Endurance Series happens on August 9th at Willow Springs Raceway where teams will challenge each other in a 3 hour night race at the Fastest Road in the West.
I hope everyone is having a relaxing Holiday Season and looking forward to the start of another great year of racing in SoCal. We achieved great things in 2006 and we hope to make the same strides in 2007. Looking back, we had fantastic participation in HPDE and sold out 90% of our HPDE1 groups. This is a great compliment to our cadre of excellent instructors and proves their ability to impart their wisdom to drivers that are looking forward to learning the nuances of track driving. We also had another record year in our Time Trial program and SoCal region witnessed 117 individual competitors participate in the program. In fact, 8 SoCal TT drivers earned a podium finish at our National Championship event, which was the most podium positions, claimed by any region. Congratulations to all who participated and performed so well.