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Acura has used the occasion of this year's SEMA show to unveil a 2013 ILX that is remarkably different from the road-going car that we are familiar with. A far distance from the rather mildly performing street car, this ILX Endurance Racer is actually prepped to race at the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill in Willows, California.

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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

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Click above to check out Thunderhill's top ten, and a few of our favorites

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Team Cytosport (#06), the leader of the race up until ten minutes ago, was towed into the pits after a collision with the #24 2002 Acura RSX Type-S of Team Honda Research West 1 between turns 7 and 8, causing both vehicles to leave the track.

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At 5:00 AM PST this morning, the 2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill restarted after a fog-induced 7.5-hour delay. We were able to catch a few hours of sleep in the interim and got word at 4:30 AM from team Cytosport that the fog was lifting and that the race would be underway shortly.

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the action on Saturday afternoon

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UPDATE - 11:13 AM PST: The green flag has dropped and the race is underway.

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Tomorrow morning at 11 am PST, the annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill will get underway at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA. And for the first time, the Autoblog team (well, two of us) will be in attendance. We'll be departing at the crack of dawn tomorrow, with press passes, cameras, VitaminEnergy drinks and long underwear in tow, to bring you the action live throughout the weekend. Mazda is campaigning five 2006 MX-5s, Honda R&D South is bringing out a pair of RSX Type-Ss and we've already g

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Click the image above for more high-res shots of the Honda S2000 CR.

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