Honda Tests CR-Z Hybrid Endurance

Honda's CR-Z hybrid finished second in its class, 9th overall, against 72 cars during the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.

This event is popular among grass-roots racers, as well as auto manufacturers and racing teams, and is run by the National Auto Spot Association. It was the first time a company offered up a racing version of one of their hybrid vehicles. This year also marked 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 pres release: The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is in its 9th year and attracts teams come from 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.

Check out the award (and checkered flag) winning Honda CR-Z in person at Capital Honda in Okemos today!
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