Drivers who want to get in some practice at Watkins Glen before NASA’s Eastern States Championships can do so on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and 21.

NASA alumnus Aaron Povoledo, who wrote the driving instructions for Watkins Glen in our July issue, is hosting two track days with a limit of 35 cars per day. Bear in mind this is not a NASA event. Registration fees are in addition to those of the NASA Eastern States Championships, and no refunds of NASA Championships entry fees will be given in the event of crash damage or major powertrain failures.

For details, visit: http://povoledotrackdays.com/wp/ or call 516-524-6200.

Registration Open for 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Registration for the longest endurance road race in North America opened on Friday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. PST. Be part of 14th annual running of the NASA 25hrs of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance on Dec. 3-4, 2016.

Will the Flying Lizard Audi sponsored by Toyo Tires be back to defend the title or will we have a new champion for 2016? If you missed the 2015 NASA 25 Hours, please check out the documentary titled “Survive the 25,” which premiered on the MavTV network. It chronicles the experiences of four race teams competing in the longest endurance race in North America held each December at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. You can watch the show in its entirety here:

Sign up for the hardest race you will ever run. Just finishing this race is a victory by itself. The 25 Hours of Thunderhill will challenge you, teach you, make you better, make your team better, and most of all give you some amazing memories of a unique accomplishment.

For more information on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, visit www.nasa25hour.com

Restaurants and Lodging for Western States Championships

The “Motorsports Tourist” story in our August issue stated that Bakersfield was an hour away from Buttonwillow Raceway by car. The folks at Buttonwillow Raceway pointed out that it’s only 30 to 40 minutes away, and Bakersfield offers better alternatives for restaurants and hotels. So, they put together an additional list of resources for racers attending the Western States Championships.

Hotels

Hwy. 99 and 7th Standard Road

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bakersfield Airport

19480 Quinn Road

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-387-1678

Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport

8818 Spectrum Park Way

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-391-0600

La Quinta Inn & Suites Bakersfield North

8858 Spectrum Park Way

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-393-7775

Central Bakersfield (closest to most restaurant variety)

TownePlace Suites Bakersfield West

8300 Granite Falls Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93312

661-589-2200

Courtyard Bakersfield

3601 Marriott Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-324-6660

SpringHill Suites Bakersfield

3801 Marriott Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-377-4000

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

3927 Marriott Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-377-8000

DoubleTree

3100 Camino Del Rio Court

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-323-7111

Hilton Garden Inn

3625 Marriott Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-716-1000

Four Points by Sheraton

5101 California Ave.

Bakersfield, CA 93309

661-325-9700

Homewood Suites

1505 Mill Rock Way

Bakersfield, CA 93311

661-664-0400

Comfort Suites

3115 Camino Del Rio Court

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-325-8000

Downtown Bakersfield Hotels

Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center

801 Truxton Ave.

Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-323-1900

The Padre Hotel

1702 18th St.

Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-427-4900

Bakersfield Restaurants

Uricchio’s Trattoria

1400 17th St.

661-326-8870

Sorella Ristorante Italiano

7900 McNair Lane

661-396-8603

Mexicali

631 18th St.

661-327-3861

5601 California Ave.

661-327-5201

Steak & Grape

4420 Coffee Rd.

661-588-9463

KC Steak House

2515 F St.

661-322-9910

The Mark

1623 19th St.

661-322-7665

Temblor Brewing Company

3200 Buck Owens Blvd.

661-489-4855

Firestone Grill

3501 California Ave.

805-927-3194

Lengthwise Brewery

2900 Calloway Drive

661-589-7394

9000 Ming Ave.

661-665-2537

Buck Owens Crystal Palace

2800 Buck Owens Blvd.

661-328-7560

Tahoe Joe’s

9000 Ming Ave.

661-664-8723

Benji’s

4001 Rosedale Hwy.

661-328-0400

Frugatii’s

600 Coffee Road

661-836-2000

Johnny Garlic’s

9000 Ming Ave.

661-665-1860

Ask National

Q: Endurance racing regulations stipulate that “no more than 10 gallons of gas from two NASA-approved standard 5-gallon plastic fuel containers may be put in the car during any pit stop.” What if a car has a 15-gallon fuel tank? Why can’t a team fill it all the way?

A: That rule only applies for races that our six hours and longer, and only for the E0, E1, E2, and E3 classes. Those classes have more restrictive rules to help keep costs down and keep a level playing field. All OEM tanks will hold at least 10 gallons. However, only some vehicles have larger OEM tanks and they would have an advantage. For races shorter than six hours it’s of minimal advantage.

Q: How does a race director choose between a waving-green-flag restart, and one where all stations simply cease to display a double yellow?

A: One instance is called a “restart,” and one is called a “resumption.” Restarts are used for races. Resumptions can be used during practice and qualifying sessions, since there is no “leader” to give the green flag to.

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