Crowdstrike by Riley and Stratus Racing will start on the front row Saturday for the 2022 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance, the 19th running of the event.
Crowdstrike by Riley earned pole position in its Ligier LMP320, with driver Colin Braun turning a 1:34:489-second lap on the 3-mile-long road course at Thunderhill Raceway. The NPO1-EVO was the second-fastest qualifier with a fast lap of 1:40:832.
Rounding out the top five qualifiers are: TVI Racing 10 (ESR), 1:40.873; Kleen Blast/Davids Race Products (GT), 1:47.555; and Stratus Racing (ESR), 1:49.255.
“We have the pieces in place, and then it’s just up to the racing gods to see how it all shakes out,” said Crowdstrike driver Colin Braun, who put the Ligier LMP320 on pole. “The first thing for us is we’re just focused on running the race, making the car better every session. We’ve gone out and just kind of kept our heads down and focused on our own program, and the rest is going to be what it’s going to be.”
The 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and runs continuously until noon Sunday. The unique event features more than 30 teams competing in nine classes, challenging teams to keep a racecar running continuously for more than a day while battling the elements.
Rain and near-freezing temperatures are in the forecast starting Saturday afternoon, with on-and-off showers going into Sunday afternoon. Even though the track was dry, teams used the Friday practice session and qualifying to test setups for the likely rain.
“We ran (Thursday) in testing, and we were able to run the track in the wet, so we had a chance to do that,” said Gregg Borland, crew chief for Stratus Racing, which was second fastest qualifier. “We’re pretty comfortable with where we are on that as well, but right now the weather forecast looks pretty dry, but who knows.”
Find the complete list of qualifiers can be found on the NASA results page.
To follow the event live, visit the 25 Hours of Thunderhill page on Race Hero.