It is the ultimate racing test of car and team where reliability and planning
are critical for a win. The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by the U.S.
Air Force is considered the most extreme and severe endurance race on the planet
by the professional teams who come from around the world to participate.
Driving the K&N Engineering GoodSport Evo, David Bongiovanni and Ralph
Alexander prepared by locking down every nut and bolt on the car. “We paid
attention to every detail,” said Bongiovanni. “We also did a lot of physical
conditioning. I rode my bike for miles every day before the event.”
Bongiovanni and Alexander driving duo at The 25
K&N Engineering GoodSport Evo at Thunderhill
The team of two covered a distance of nearly 2,000 miles of twists and turns in
the rolling hills of northern California. Bongiovanni and Alexander each drove
12 and-a-half-hours during “The 25.” The two men were up against teams with
several drivers. “We drove 3 and-a-half hours at a time,” said Bongiovanni. “We
were reaching speeds of around 125 mph. I just get into a rhythm during a race,
it’s comparable to dancing. It was so intense I had to go to the hospital at the
end of the race to get IV fluids. I was very dehydrated.”
he adventure ultimately paid off. On December 4th, 48 cars out of 56
starters endured the longest night of Thunderhill and crossed the finish line.
2nd place finish for Bongiovanni and Alexander
Both K&N Air and Oil Filters were used during the race
Bongiovanni and Alexander took 2nd place in the highly competitive EO Tuner
Class. The K&N Engineering GoodSport Evo is equipped with K&N Oil and Air
Filters. “K&N improves the longevity and reliability of the engine,” said
Bongiovanni. “Good fuel management and pit strategy allowed us to pass our
opponents.” On December 4th, 48 cars out of 56 starters endured the longest
night of Thunderhill and crossed the finish line.
Next for Bongiovanni is the AWD Challenge in February.
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