Third At The 2005 NASA 25 Hours Of Thunderhill ART/ESX Subaru STi Reaches The Podium In Its Maiden Race SAN JOSE, CA, Dec 6 / The ART/ESX/C&D/TC Design/JustRacing.com Subaru STi made a bold statement to the motorsports community on Sunday by ...
Third At The 2005 NASA 25 Hours Of Thunderhill
ART/ESX Subaru STi Reaches The Podium In Its Maiden Race
SAN JOSE, CA, Dec 6 / The ART/ESX/C&D/TC Design/JustRacing.com Subaru STi made a bold statement to the motorsports community on Sunday by finishing third in its debut race at the 2005 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill and earning Subaru its first ever podium in a North American Endurance event. The ART car ran for a flawless 25 hours and completed 659 laps of the grueling 3.1 mile circuit.
"To say that we are pleased with our finish doesn't quite capture our joy at this result," Marshall Pruett, ART principle and co-founder, said. "The level of effort put in by our team, our partners, and our sponsors was both unprecedented and the only reason for our incredible success."
Driving duties during the race were handled by a variety of professional racers and veterans: Csaba Csere (Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver magazine), Gary Sheehan (Grand Am, USTCC), Dave McEntee (ALMS LMP2, ALMS GT), Dale Sievwright (USTCC), Auston Harris (Formula TR), and Marco Romani (BMW CCA Club Racing).
"My many years in professional racing have exposed me to literally thousands of people," Pruett continued. "Our lineup of drivers and crew was some of the finest I've ever been privileged to work with. Their dedication and resolve brought us to the finish line."
The design and engineering of the Subaru STi was a collaboration between ART, ESX Motorsports, TC Design, PDX Tuning, Subaru Performance Tuning, Perrin Performance, Toyo Tires, StopTech brakes, The Tire Rack, and Subaru of America. Team ART is proud to be affiliated with the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and dedicated promotional space on the car to assist SSPF in raising money to find a permanent cure for those afflicted with chronic and acute paralysis.
Team ART would like to thank reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Tony Stewart for his generous donation. Fans can match donations at www.samschmidt.org. More information about the ART team's experience at the 25 Hours, including updates made from the track during the race, can be found at: www.justracing.com/25Hour
About ART: Established in 2005, Advantage Racing Technologies (ART) is comprised of motorsports veterans, business leaders, marketing professionals, and automotive journalists. Indycar team manager and engineer Marshall Pruett serves as the organizational and technical director for ART, bringing his 20 years of top-line racing experience to lead ART to success. Navid Kahangi, a veteran of both the high-tech and automotive performance 2 industries, lends his considerable knowledge to provide valuable business, marketing, and service oriented expertise to ART. Larry Webster, Technical Director of Car & Driver and host of the Car & Driver Television show on the Spike TV, delivers his ten years of feature writing for the world's largest automotive magazine, and numerous other media associations to create a highly impactful media presence for ART and our partners. About JustRacing: JustRacing Inc. is a California corporation dedicated to serving the needs of the racing and auto enthusiast community. Founded by and for racers and enthusiasts, the company is committed to providing the premier online motorsports community to enthusiasts everywhere.