Reigning NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill champions Eric Wagner and Antoine Comeau are back in California this weekend, returning with their Eastern-backed 1340cc Radical SR3 to defend their 2019 title.
Two years ago Wagner and Comeau partnered with Turn 3 Motorsports and co-drivers Peter Dempsey and Neil Alberico, prevailed in the rain and mud to fend off LMP3, LMP2 and GT machinery, and cemented the Radical SR3 in the history books as the only ‘under two liter’ car to ever win an outright victory at Thunderhill.
The 2020 running of the event was called off due to COVID restrictions, meaning a longer than usual preparation time.
This year Wagner and Comeau have teamed up with Emanuel (Ema) Talquenca’s TVI Racing outfit, while Indy Lights and IMSA star Victor Franzoni returns to the No. 10 team as the third driver, having taken pole position in his first Thunderhill outing in 2018.
Aside from their ‘25’ glory, Wagner and Comeau are both storied Radical racers. Both were 2018 Blue Marble Radical Cup champions, with the former clinching the Pro 1340 class title and the latter winning the Pro 1500 class and Outright crown.
Also returning to Thunderhill this year is fellow Radical team, One Motorsports, who are hot off winning the 2021 Blue Marble Radical Cup Platinum Teams’ and Drivers’ championships at Sebring with Indy Al Miller.
It will be team principal Jeff Shafer’s eleventh attempt at winning the ‘25’ and this year he’s sharing the driving duties in the No. 48 with Jordan Missig, Tony Bullock, and Josh Sarchet.
Scarchet is a IMSA LMP3 star, while Bullock is a former Radical Cup Pro 1500 class champion (2013) and Missig has recently taken victories in the SCCA Pro US Formula Regional (F3) series after narrowly missing out on a Radical Cup title in 2019 to Comeau.
Qualifying for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance takes place Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. PT. The race gets underway Saturday at 11:00 a.m. local time.
Live streaming will be available throughout the weekend. A general event broadcast is available via the NASA 25 Hour live stream channel, while teams will be hosting live streams from the cockpit, via links on their social media pages.