NeXgen Fuel/CLP Motorsport’s CEO Pat O’Keefe with Team of Race Champions including Tyler McQuarrie Endure and Win The 2015 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill in MAVTV’s Documentary, Airs May 3, 3 pm PST
Watch as NeXgen Fuel/CLP Motorsports CEO and President Pat O’Keefe gets behind the wheel with teammates and race champions Tyler McQuarrie, Tom Dyer, Marc Miller and Jeremy Croiset as they “Survive the 25” and win the all-new NASA (National Auto Sport Association) Prototype Elan NP01 class at the 13th annual USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest endurance race in North America. Join Pat O’Keefe and his CLP Motorsports team as they overcome challenges from cold temperatures and rainy conditions to clenching the first place win in class. Airs May 3, MAVTV, 3 pm PST. Check local cable and satellite listings. (DishNetwork 248, DirecTV 214, Verizon 810, TimeWarner Cable 151) Catch a glimpse here.
“Survive the 25” highlights the triumphs and struggles of teams vying for victory. For the win, CLP team drivers took turns behind the wheel of CLP Motorsports’ #6 NP01 on the 3-mile Thunderhill Raceway road course. The drivers completed a total of 514 laps, consistently putting the car in the top 5 to 6 fastest cars on the track. The NP01 was driven for a total of 1,542 miles, making 8,224 gear changes. Next year, the Team will be running a Daytona Prototype on NEXDIESEL renewable diesel for even better engine-performance results.
“The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance is the most grueling test of man and machine in the country,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA’s Director of Business Development and NP01 project lead. “It’s an ambitious feat for anyone to enter this event, but the CLP Motorsports team did so with a car they received from the factory just two weeks prior to the event with limited spares and a great game plan going in. Patrick O’Keefe, NeXgen Fuel CEO and CLP Motorsports Team Owner, called me a few months back with the crazy idea of trying to take on this race with the new car. He put together a very talented group of individuals and I was honored to be included on the team for this challenge. They not only showed they were one of the top teams to contend with in this ultra-competitive field, but also proved the racing pedigree emanating from Elan’s heritage flows deeply through the veins of this new machine finishing.”
“I couldn’t be happier with our team’s performance at this year’s 25 Hour of Thunderhill. This was our first 25-Hour and the NP01’s first race. We took on the challenge to prep the NP01 and had only two weeks to get ready for one of the most grueling and longest races in the country. Our team at CLP Motorsports are very fortunate to surround ourselves with experienced 25 Hour crew and drivers to create a winning team. We will be back next year for sure – bigger, better and running NEXDIESEL renewable diesel.”
– Pat O’Keefe, NeXgen Fuel CEO and CLP Motorsports Team Owner
About CLP Motorsports
CLP Motorsports is the premier, full-service performance facility in Northern California. CLP specializes in road racing, time attack, autocross and high-performance street cars. CLP offers customers a wide array of services including performance maintenance, product installation, fabrication, full-service builds, race car setup, product development, part sales, driver coaching, arrive and drive services and more. CLP Motorsports is the first team to race the new NP01 in a competitive race. It was designed with the idea of creating a fast and easy-to-maintain prototype style built car that would give teams an affordable price point to compete in NASA’s new NP01 Series.
Learn more about our services and team of experts at www.clpmotorsports.com
About NeXgen Fuel
NeXgen Fuel is a new retail fuel brand dedicated to bringing next generation fuels to the retail public. NeXgen’s first fuel is NEXDIESEL. It is currently available at various Northern California retail locations. NeXgen Fuel plans to rapidly expand across the country with both renewable diesel and gasoline-substitute next generation fuels.
For more information: www.nexgenfuel.com
About the NASA NP01 Prototype
The NASA NP01 Prototype is an all-new racecar developed in a partnership between NASA and Elan Technologies. The single seat, closed cockpit racecar weighs just 1,550 lbs., with a top speed of 155mph and is powered by a 185-horsepower, 2-liter Mazda power plant mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission.
About Pat O’Keefe
Pat’s successful corporate career as President and CEO of NeXgen Fuel, Vice President of Golden Gate Petroleum and CEO and President of CLP Motorsports had its humble beginning as a successful racer in his youth. His passion for automobiles and motorsports lead to an impressive racing career starting at the age of 12 where he has since raced anything with an engine including jet skis, boats, motorcycles, karts and cars with NASCAR, SCCA, NASA, IMCA and others. Pat started CLP Motorsports after realizing the need for a world class customer focused motorsports shop. He started NeXgen Fuel by recognizing the need to meet customers’ demands for a high-quality, clean-burning, high performance premium renewable diesel. Pat is continually driven to find innovative ways to champion clean alternative fuels like NEXDIESEL Renewable Diesel for use in the automotive industry.
About Tyler McQuarrie
Tyler McQuarrie grew up in Walnut Creek, CA and started racing karts at age 14. He won the Formula Russell Championship, the Russell Triple crown in 1998 and is one of 3 Americans to win the World Scholarship in England. Consequently, McQuarrie spent 2 years racing the Formula Vauxhall in Europe. Tyler McQuarrie also spent time racing the USF2000, American Le Mans, USAC Sprint cars and the NASCAR West Series. He is recognized as one of the top drift drivers and best multi-purpose drivers in the US.
About Tom Dyer
Tom Dyer is a race driver with a diversified portfolio of racing and driving experience. Growing up in a racing family Tom’s aspirations in motorsports were always front and center in his desires. He’s made a career out of driving, coaching, teaching, and engaging in precision driving events. His career experience includes endurance sports cars, LMP & Daytona prototypes, open wheel formula cars, stock cars, midget Sprint cars & karts. Series include: IMSA & Grand-Am, IndyCar Indy Lights series, NASCAR, USAC, SCCA and NASA. More about Tom can be seen on his website www.tomdyer.com or follow him on his Facebook page under Tom Dyer Motorsports or on Twitter @TomDyer_
About Marc Miller
Marc Miller began racing karts at the age of 11. He has competed successfully in kart racing, formula cars, stock cars and now sportscars. Miller has multiple national karting titles, including winning the United States Rotax Championship in 2008. He competed for four years as the only American driver in NASCAR’s Canadian Tire Series with several “Top Rookie” awards. Since 2009 Miller has focused on sports car racing. He finished runner-up the Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship that season and has spent the last five seasons as a driver for CJ Wilson Racing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. During that period he has secured multiple wins, pole positions and fastest laps. His consistency was noticed by Riley Motorsports who drafted him into their squad for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans driving the Dodge Viper GTS-R. His preparation for the most famous race in the World included driving the teams Viper GTS-R at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, CA in May where he qualified second and led during the opening stint of the race. When he is not at race events or helping to train drivers throughout the country, Miller enjoys spending time with his two sons, Evan (11) & Seth (9) and living an active lifestyle in West Michigan biking, kayaking or boating.
About Jeremy Croiset
Jeremy Croiset is a multi-time Regional and National Championship winning driver with years of experience in both sprint and endurance road racing. A veteran race driver and coach, he has amassed wins in a variety of vehicles from spec racing classes to high powered Super Touring machines. Some highlights of Jeremy’s career include “winning two National Championships in two different cars at the same NASA Championship event” and winning the inaugural season of Setup on the Speed Channel network. When he’s not behind the wheel, Jeremy stays busy as the Director of Business Development for the National Auto Sport Association.
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs. For more information, log onto www.nasaproracing.com
About Elan Technologies
Élan Technologies is a Georgia based technology company providing design, engineering, fabrication, and manufacturing services to the automotive, motorsports, aviation, aerospace and defense industries through its three divisions: Élan Precision Products, Élan Composites, and Élan Power Products. The company is part of a technology group that includes Élan Technologies, DeltaWing Technologies Inc., and Panoz LLC. For more information please visit www.elangroup.com.