• Dec 3, 2010
A handful of actors get bitten by the motorsports bug. Some have gone on to great success while others merely fizzled on the starting grid. One actor who likes to jump beneath the helmet and behind the wheel is Paul Walker. He's best known for his work as Brian O'Conner, main character of the Fast and the Furious film franchise that just went to post-production on its fifth installment. Walker is not happy merely pretending to push sports cars to the limits for the big screen and he is actually quite active in the Southern California racing community. Ready for a real test of his skills, Paul Walker has joined up with Motorsports Enterprise Racing (Team MER) to drive at this year's 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

Starting on Saturday the 4th, around 10:45 in the morning, teams from all over the map will watch as the green flag falls, signaling the start of the longest endurance race in North America. Team MER, which includes the aforementioned Walker, also boasts Carl Rydquist, Jeff Westphal and Roger Rodas. It's a skilled team of drivers who will all get seat time behind the wheel of Playboy Cup Mazda MX-5.

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill will put Walker, and his entire team, to the test. They better be good to their Hankook rubber, because just one tire is allowed to be changed per pit stop. Thankfully, the car Team MER is piloting has already been around this track before. Says Westphal:
The MER MX-5 cup car is a well sorted and front running package. Actually the very car we will be using won its class in the 25 two years back, so i have no hesitations that we will be in a great package come saturday afternoon.
Still, this is Paul Walker's first Pro-Am race and it's a lot more exciting than the average Time Attack event he usually competes in. If we could offer a word of advice? When you get to the Cyclone, just point and pray... the track will be waiting on the other side, we promise.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Johnny tran is going to get his brother lance to uzzi the hell out of this car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So is he actually active and earned his spot on the team - or did he just buy a seat on the team since, in a 25 hour race, it doesn't matter that much. I hear this is somewhat common for wealthy enthusiasts to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "You never had me. You never had your car."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it have NAWS?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know but I bet he lives his life a 1/4 mile at a time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        he better not be "Granny shifting".... but be "double-clutching" like you should...
        • 4 Years Ago
        But in those 10 seconds or less, he's free.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you know your quoting the wrong person right. LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bravo gentlemen!
      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      Granny shifting, not double clutching like ya should.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the screw wont fly off from the floor, just like in the first part...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thunderhill can be navigated with google streetview. pretty cool
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very cool, thanks for the info. I am on Google Maps right now. Racing around the track... making engine noises....


        Vrrroooom...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Should be a good race - just keep your eye out for the Miata with the neon lights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a fun track...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha, I'm working for Team MER this weekend and when I found out he was driving for us, more than a few of these jokes went through my head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how everyone just starts posting F&F quotes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope he doesn't get the dreaded "DANGER TO MANIFOLD!" error...otherwise that MX-5's floorboard is toast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I couldn't have picked a more perfect car for Paul.
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