Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kai Goddard Talks About Thunderhill

Reflecting back on Thunderhill in 2005 and 2010, the following comes to mind.

I think that for starters every team needs to realize that this is in fact the longest road racing endurance race in the world at twenty-five hours and that there will be many enduring obstacles to face along the way – the weather, traffic, fatigue, on track incidents, mechanical wear and of course, a very long night. We will all be balancing pace, tire wear, fuel mileage and change throughout this enduring race.

With multiple classes competing together in the same race, a difference in speed and closure rates between classes will often be something to keep on top of – wherever you find yourself on the racetrack you might be battling within your own class or need to get by a group of slower classed cars which in a race of this length needs to be done swiftly, but with care and consideration.

I would say that some of the most difficult parts of the race would be the ½ way to ¾ way mark, where unwelcoming weather and poor visibility often comes into play. For me, in the past, I have seen slippery conditions compounded by cars going off track and dragging dirt, grass and debris back onto the racing surface. When this happens there is really only one racing line around corners – offline is just too slippery, its a challenge.

I’ve also seen some interesting crashes during this race at all hours – cars on fire, on their rooftops, on their sides or parked on top of safety barriers, it has all happened.

The teamwork, support and camaraderie amongst crew, drivers, family and supporters also come to mind –  it's contagious, and heartwarming to see.  This is one of my many favorite parts of racing. 

Being in the race car and watching the sun rise is something that I will never forget – it’s a surreal sight and feeling, knowing that you have come this far and that the team will still have five or six hours to go. You’re still pushing, head down and racing, but you’re listening, the racing car has been at full song for nineteen hours, you over analyze every noise, and you’ve come so far, you know the finish is achievable and you push for the checkered flag.

Bottom line is, we love it.

Endurance racing is absolutely awesome and I find myself hugely appreciative of the opportunity that Steve Tarpley, Dave Smith and SNT Motorsports have given me to not only drive such an amazing and iconic racing car but to also be a part of an incredible team and organization. I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Chris Cook, Tomy Drissi

The SNT Motorsports Ford GT

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hot Laps

Thanks to everyone from Auberge du Soleil who joined us on a beautiful fall day at Infineon Raceway.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stewart Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

Congratulations to 2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart. A phenomenal display of driving in Miami took Stewart to his fifth win of the Chase and third championship. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Survive the 25 2010 on Speedcast TV

Great documentary on Speedcast TV about last years Survive the 25 @ Thunderhill.

Tomy Drissi Joins SNT Motorsports Driver Lineup For The 25 Hours Of Thunderhill

SNT Motorsports Development Corporation announced today that veteran driver and Trans Am Champion Tomy Drissi has joined the SNT driver lineup for the 2011 25 Hours of Thunderhill race in December. The addition of Drissi rounds out a lineup that includes Dave Smith, Kai Goddard, Jared Thompson, and team owner Steve Tarpley. The team will be racing in the SNT Motorsports Ford GT.

Highlights of Drissi’s career include the 1999 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year Award, 2000 Trans-Am BBS Most Improved Driver, 2000 Trans-Am Crew of the Year, and Trans-Am Champion. In 2010 Tomy competed in Trans-Am competing in 7 rounds and taking 1 win, 1 pole, 3 podiums, 4 Top Fives, 7 Top Tens; following up in 2011 in ALMS Prototype races - 2nd Long Beach, 3rd Lime Rock, 1st Mid Ohio, 1st Baltimore and 2nd Petit Lemans. A native of Hollywood, Drissi owns an advertising firm that produces upcoming film displays for cinemas.

The SNT Motorsports Ford GT represents a significant challenge by an American built race car to the dominance of Porsches in the 25-hour race in recent years.

Team owner Steve Tarpley commented, "Adding Tomy to our team really pulls the lineup together. We have been working with Genoa Racing this fall to get the car to where we want it, now the last piece of the puzzle is in place."

Drissi remarked, “I’m very excited to be joining the SNT Motorsports team for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.  It’s a great opportunity to race an iconic American built car in a highly competitive environment. This is a race that really tests drivers, cars, & crew. I took a short break after the regular season ended, but I don’t like to be away from the drivers seat for too long and I am ready to go."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SNT Website Launches

We are pleased to announce the launch of the website.

Please stop by for information about our driver development programs, general news and racing information, driver profiles, and photo galleries.