Kanavas Joins Mazda Factory Team for 25-Hours of Thunderhill Effort Laguna Niguel, CA (11.17.05): Johnny Kanavas will join drivers Charles Espenlaub, Scott Bradley, Ken Dobson, Jim Daniels, Tim Buck, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Kaluza, Andy Bornhop (of...
Kanavas Joins Mazda Factory Team for 25-Hours of Thunderhill Effort
Laguna Niguel, CA (11.17.05): Johnny Kanavas will join drivers Charles Espenlaub, Scott Bradley, Ken Dobson, Jim Daniels, Tim Buck, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Kaluza, Andy Bornhop (of Road & Track Magazine), and Mark Gilles (of Automobile Magazine) for a factory-backed, 2-car assault on the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill Endurance Race Presented by the U.S. Air Force, Dec. 2-4.
With Mazda's recent announcement of the 2006 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook Tires, which will utilize the brand new and redesigned 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the team plans to use The 25 as development ground for the brand new race car(s). Mazdaspeed Motorsports will field a pair of brand new MX-5 Miatas for what has become known as "The most severe endurance race on the planet." Mazda is out to prove that the new MX-5 Miata is everything the previous Miata was, and then some. The 25, held at Thunderhill Raceway Park, in Northern California, brings on all types of conditions, close competition and, of course, an extreme test of endurance--
For 2004 Pacific Nights Endurance Champion, Johnny Kanavas, this will be the third year in a row driving in The 25. In 2003 and 2004, Johnny was part of the Circuit City/Team Protomotive team, piloting their bright yellow Spec Miata. "I'm really looking forward to this one! " explains Kanavas. "To be part of this factory effort is great and with our strong driver lineup, we hope to bring home a good finish for Mazda and the new MX-5's."
This will be the eighth year NASA has organized this unique race and believes it will be one of the best years ever. Last year's starting grid saw over 60 cars take the green flag! This prestigious west coast event brings teams from all over the world to compete. The green flag is set to fly at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 3 at Thunderhill Raceway Park.