Honda's CR-Z hybrid finished second in its class, 9th overall, against 72 cars during the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.
This is a popular event among grass-roots racers, even auto manufacturers and racing teams, and is run by the National Auto Spot Association. This was the first time a racing version of a hybrid was offered by a company. This year was the first time Honda's US racing division entered its own team.
Honda's team staged a come-from-behind run that looked like it almost ended with a first place victory. But after racing back from a deficit of almost 10 laps, the #19 Honda CR-Z wound up finishing second, just over a minute behind the winning car. Both finished ahead of many other racers in faster classes with more power.
According to the press release: The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is in its 9th year and attracts teams that come from the National Auto Spot Association, the Sports Car Club of America, the American Le Mans Series and others.
Entry vehicles range from Porsche cars and BMW's to smaller models like the Honda CR-Z. The competition's number of racers, mix of vehicles, and differing levels of experience among drivers, tend to make the event extra exciting.
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