WILLOWS, Calif. – Turn 3 Motorsport will return to the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance this weekend for the second year in a row.
In last year’s event, the rookie team came out of the gate strong by winning the pole and finished the endurance race second in class and fifth overall. This year, the No. 10 Radical SR3 RSX 1340 car will be piloted again by Eric Wagner, Antoine Comeau and Peter Dempsey, as well as IMSA Prototype Challenge driver Neil Alberico.
Turn 3 Motorsport is going into this weekend with momentum after winning the Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup North America 1340 and 1500 class championships with Wagner and Comeau at Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago. The team has worked tirelessly since then to prepare for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill Northern California’s Thunderhill Raceway Park.
“The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is a massive event,” said team owner Peter Dempsey. “The preparation that goes into it is immense. My crew put a huge amount of effort into building the car for this year. We’ve shed some weight and improved other various areas of the car. Hopefully this will help our performance throughout the weekend.”
“Eric (Wagner) and Antoine (Comeau) have had a great year in Radical Cup,” continued Dempsey. “The experience they gained will really help their performance at the 25 Hours. Bringing in someone like Neil (Alberico) with his experience from LMP3 will also be a great help to the team. We really enjoyed this event last year and couldn’t wait to get back this year. Although it’s a huge amount of work and preparation, this event means a lot to us as a team. We are really looking forward to getting back there and having a go at the overall win.”
Joining reigning Radical Cup champions Wagner and Comeau as teammates are Dempsey and Alberico. In addition to running team operations, Dempsey competed at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill last year, bringing his extensive racing experience and talent to the lineup. While Dempsey is probably best known for his exciting open wheel career — including a thrilling four-wide finish and win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — he has also raced an LMP2 at Petit Le Mans in addition to the Thunderhill race in 2018.
Rounding out the four-member team is Alberico, an open-wheel standout who came through the Road to Indy ladder before turning his focus to the IMSA Prototype Challenge this year. The young California native won the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway and finished third in the championship in his rookie year.