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Ford Performance Racing School Enters the 2018 USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill; Third TiME’S a charm?





Grantsville, Utah, November 16, 2018 – Riding on the back of a Mustang FP350S, a team from the Ford Performance Racing School is competing in the 2018 running of the USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance for the third time.


Driven by his life-long passion for Ford’s unparalleled global racing heritage, and its spectacular performance vehicles, successful Utah business man, the late Larry H. Miller, brought his dream to life by building and opening Miller Motorsports Park in 2006.  The world-class racing facility would become home to professional racing events featuring vehicles ranging from sports cars to stock cars, from motorcycles to trucks.  But the professional races notwithstanding, it was Larry's quest to "democratize" performance by sharing his passion with others that was to emerge as his legacy.


This legacy is best manifested in the Ford Performance Racing School that Larry created and launched with the opening of the track.  When it opened, the school featured Mustang GTs modified with Ford Racing Performance Parts - an exciting and very capable fleet of products that were available to all.  Initially the school followed in the footsteps of other driving schools by offering levels of instruction from basic driving skills to competition licensing.  But that was to change with the return of the Mustang Boss 302.


When the Boss was reintroduced in 2012, Ford decided to offer owners of this iconic vehicle a complimentary exclusive on-track experience in the car - to learn its capabilities and to build further pride in its ownership.  The success of this program, the Boss Track Attack, would lead to a number of owner programs offered by Ford for owners of its performance vehicles, including the ST Octane Academy, GT350 Track Attack, RS Adrenaline Academy, and Raptor Assault.


Honing Their Skills (Hey, it’s part of the job.):

Given the growth of the school and determined to ensure that its instructors maintain their competitive edge and exceptional driving skills, a team from the school first entered the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in 2008.  Driving a Ford Mustang, the team was leading the event with a mere 30 minutes remaining, only to suffer a late-race issue and finish a respectable, but disappointing, third. 


Despite a 2-car Mustang Boss 302 entry from the Ford Performance Racing School in 2017, victory eluded them once again.  Needless to say, there’s unfinished business to take care of.


The Ford Performance Mustang FP350S:

For 2018, the Ford Performance Racing School has committed to reentering the fray at Thunderhill with a Mustang FP350S – one of the long line of purpose-built, turnkey race cars available from Ford Performance at local Ford dealers.  Powered by a 5.2L V8 rated at 526 hp, this race car is both prepped and supported 100% by school employees.  Talk about employee involvement!


The drivers are every bit as qualified as the crew supporting them.  Driving the Mustang FP350S will be full-time Ford Performance Racing School employees Dan McKeever (President), Brian Smith (General Manager), Ty Hamill (Lead Instructor), and Drew Staveley (Lead Instructor and 2018 PWC SprintX GTS AM Champion).




About Ford Performance Racing School

The Ford Performance Racing School is based at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville, Utah, approximately 30 minutes southwest of Salt Lake City.  Along with high performance driving instruction and competition licensing, the school also conducts tire training courses for BF Goodrich and Michelin, as well as experiential owner programs for the owners of Ford Performance vehicles.  These programs are no-charge to the owners.  This is the only school to wear the Ford oval, and is proud to include Brembo, Castrol Edge, and RECARO among its official partners.


About the USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The 16th running of the USAF NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance is being held at Thunderhill Raceway Park, a racing complex situated outside the city of Willows in northern California.  This year’s event will be held from December 1 - 2, 2018.



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