25 Hours of Thunderhill tests local racers’ endurance, strategy

Kriders ready for the long haul
2012-12-07T22:52:00Z 25 Hours of Thunderhill tests local racers’ endurance, strategyRegister staff Napa Valley Register
December 07, 2012 10:52 pm  • 

Napa’s Krider Racing has been busy loading up its two Nissans and towing them to Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. for this weekend’s 10th running of the National Auto Sport Association’s “25 Hours of Thunderhill.”

The lengthy endurance road race, which starts today at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday at noon, is the longest of its kind and is presented by the United States Air Force.

Napa’s Krider Racing finished the grueling race in 2010 with one car, and is heading back to the famed event with two cars for 2012.

“Having two cars has definitely made things a bit more complicated, logistics-wise,” said team member Rob Krider.

“The biggest challenge is making sure our team has enough infrastructure to keep two race cars going around the track for a whole day, plus one more hour. Luckily for us we have a great crew and that is what makes things work at the 25.”

Krider Racing is being split into two teams, Krider Racing Blue and Krider Racing Red, based on the team’s car colors.

Each car has its own car chief and crew chief, with a team manager overseeing the entire operation. Krider Racing’s team manager is Napa City Firefighter Eli Cronbach.

Eli will be in charge of the entire operation during the race as he allows the two crew chiefs, Tim Bringman and Brad Bowles, to concentrate on their individual cars.

“I’m excited about this event,” said Cronbach. “Rob and I have spent a lot of time talking about strategy for this race and I think we have some good plans. Of course, those plans oftentimes go right out the window as soon as the green flag drops.”

Cronbach was referring to the weather that could change at any moment to make an already difficult 25-hour race a very wet and even more challenging race.

“We are ready for the dry or the rain,” said Team Red crew chief Bowles. “We have the right tires for the rain and if it doesn’t rain, then we really have the right tires. The team has been testing the new Proxes RR racing tire from Toyo Tires, and if it stays dry I think our cars will show a fair amount of speed.”

Speed is a good thing in racing, but according to Rob Krider, reliability is the true key to success in a race as long as the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

“We are using products that we know will survive the rigors of this race. We use Royal Purple synthetic fluids in the engines, Torque Racing Brake Fluid mated to Carbotech Performance brake pads for the whoa pedal. We also use super bright Lightforce lights so we can see at night, because Thunderhill is a very dark place when the sun sets,” he said.

Krider Racing is sponsored locally by B & G Tires, Performance In-Frame Tuning, T.E.M. Machine Shop, Napa Valley Transmissions, Miracle Auto Body and Paint, Napa Valley Muffler, Bottlers Unlimited, C.J. Fix Co., and Corporate West Computer Solutions. The team is supported internationally by Toyo Tires, Royal Purple, AutoSport Lab’s Race Capture, Go Pro Cameras, Torque Racing Brake Fluid, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Carbotech Performance Brake Pads, G Spec Performance, Jim Wolf Technology, Pit Posse Motorsports, Sampson Racing Communications, Circuit Sports, Lightforce, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and Nissan Motorsports.

“This will be a true test of our team’s abilities,” said Team Blue crew chief Bringman. “This race is very hard, it takes a lot of preparation and even more luck to survive the 25. But if any team has a chance to win, this team is certainly a contender.”  

Thanks to Autosport Labs Race Capture, there will be live feeds from the in-car cameras from the interior of the Krider Racing cars to the Internet, so friends in Napa can watch the race from their warm and dry living rooms.

To follow along with Krider Racing, look for updates on their Krider Racing Facebook page or follow KriderRacing on Twitter or Instagram.

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