Dan Pina drove for two teams this year.
Dan teamed up again with
Miata ace Dean Thomas
in the Evil Genius/Kumho Tires Miata
Dan ran the Life Is Good/ Kumho Tires
ES 944 PorVette in 1:53.8 lap.
Dan started the race on the second row, and ran as high as 3rd overall.
Then fog rolled in around 6:30p.m. causing the race to be red flagged until 5 a.m. when the race was restarted.
They continued to gain ground to the point where they had worked up to one lap behind the overall leader. Dan drove the PorVette to its fastest lap ever at a 1:53.877, 94.839 mph. Dan was gaining 3 seconds per lap on the overall leader at the time, the Miller Motorsports Mustang, and had plenty of time left to take first overall. Unfortunately, the LS1 engine was not quite up to task, breaking a connecting rod cap around 11:00 am Sunday. This ended Dans chance of a first in class for this year, as the # 65 Kumho Tires/ Evil Genius ITA Miata had lost its engine in the first two hours due to a bolt failure in the head. Although the Kumho Tires/Evil Genius/Miller Motorsports crew switched the engine out in less than 2 hours, 50 plus laps down was too much for anyone to overcome. However, the Kumho Tire shod, #64 Evil Genius Miata finished first in class!Congratulations guys! The Rea Realty PorVette will get a new engine over the winter and will continue to be a threat in Endurance racing in California.
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Thunderhill Raceway, December 1-2
Team Kumho Wins in the 12 Hour WERC Final
The 25 Hours of Thunderhill
25 Hour Overall Winner Parallax Racing's
Crawford Daytona Prototype
Team Kumho's #68 car places 2nd in E2
02 car places 9th in E2 after repair
E2 class at NASA's final WERC race at Thunderhill
Among the celebrities entered,
Calvin Wan drove a Factory Five CobraAn early Sunday morning stop shows damage to rear of the 68 car.
Not all cars were everyday cars, not all cars that finished, ran all night.
About 8:00 am Sunday, many cars still running hard.
Mr. Miller Senior stands next to the E2 Class winning #02 driven by Dean Thomas and Daniel Pina prior to the 5th WERC at Buttonwillow Raceway, Ca
Marcus Miller ready on the pregrid in the 68 car.
After a first in class drive for the first 2 hours,
Dean Thomas greets and congratulates Dan at the finish of his stint in the car. Dan had jumped into the car after a 4 hour drive from Irwindale Raceway, bypassing the closure on Hwy 5 and a closure on hwy 395.
Sean Nielson 2nd driver#68
Dean Thomas 1st driver #02
Dan Pina 2nd driver #02
Marcus MIller 1st driver#68
Dan Pina, Dean Thomas, Marcus Miller, Thomas Aiken, Ron Swett take Team Kumho Tires/BiggsB Enterprises/Miller Motorsports to 2nd in Class and 9th overall at NASA's 2006 25 hour Enduro!
December 2nd, 3rd 2006 at Northern California's Thunderhill Raceway, The Kumho Tires/BriggsB Enterprises/Miller Motorsports Team took Second in the hotly contested E2 Class, and 9th overall out of the 56 car field.
The team started out hopefull of a podium finish qualifying 4th in the 17 car class. The team had their first and last mechanical trouble around 2:30pm Saturday, when the muffler came loose and eventually fell off. The team was forced to repair the exhaust, costing 26 minutes of on track time. This thankfully would be the only problem the team would face, and gave the drivers plenty of incentive to drive hard the rest of the race. With the help of the awesomely fast Kumho tires, the team charged on through the night, working their way back up the order. As time wore on, the race began to take its toll on teams and cars. Several cars were forced to retire due to mechanical failures, and even a few incredible wrecks. By day light on Sunday, the team had worked their way back up to fourth position in class, and 11th overall. With two hours remaining in the race, the team found themselves in the 3rd position in class, and now rounded out the top ten teams still remaining in the race. In the final minutes of the race, Team Kumho/BiggsB Enterprises/Miller Motorsports had overtaken the 2nd place E2 competitor, now moving up to the 2nd spot on the podium. The team drove hard til' the finish hangin on to the 2nd spot in E2 class, and moving up to the overall position of 9th place.
A quick pit stop for gas & Driver change
An unscheduled stop to repair the muffler
The overall winner
Results from 2005
Daniel Pina, Carlos Suarez, Don Bailey and Dave Bongiovanni win at Nasa's 25 Hours of Thunderhill!!
Dave, Carlos , Scott , Dan, Don ,Tony with 1st placeTrophy
Team German Sport/Mel & Sons
Drivers Carlos, Dan, Don, Crew Chief Scott, and crew member Alex on Pre Grid
One of the Factory backed Honda Civic Si's
Exhausted Drivers and Crew just after the finish
The Energizer Rabbit, she just kept on ticking!
What an experience! Carlos Suarez, Don Bailey, Daniel Pina, and Dave Bongiovanni motored Carlos’ 1983 Volkswagon Gti Cup car to NASA’s 25 Hour Severe Endurance Race win. Not only did they win the E3 class, they dominated it! The closest competitor was the Opak/Spoon Honda Fit, some 44 laps behind. What a perfect way to cap the year for 2005 Gti Cup Champion Carlos Suarez. He and Don Bailey did a magnificent job preparing the car for the 25 Hour. With only three mechanical issues, the Rabbit just kept on ticking. The issues were: twice the throttle cable came off the gas pedal. Once while Daniel was exiting turn two and the second time on Carlos while he was attempting to leave the pits. The other issue was the header was hitting the front sway bar. We pulled the sway bar off.
1st in E3 Class
18th Overall of 58 cars
75 laps behind top finisher
44 laps ahead of 2nd place E3 team Spoon Honda Fit
132 miles, or 1.7 hours ahead of 2nd place E3 finisher
Average Speed (incuding pit stops and 1 5-minute penalty) of 70.8 mph
Fastest lap set by Dan Pina 2:12.703 (80.38 mph average)
Consumed 143 gallons of gas costing $519
Fuel Economy 12.4 miles/gallon
Consumed 10 tires at a cost of $1,200 total
1 penalty stop (5 minutes for spilled gas refuel)
2 mechanical failures (broken front sway bar, disconnected throttle cable)
1 brake change at 13.5 hours
Drivers Time in car:
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