The 2012 SEMA show starts today in Las Vegas, and I’ll be here covering the Lexus display, which will include the North American debut of the LF-CC concept and project cars from Five Axis & VIP Auto Salon.
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December 8, 2013
3:49pm: Engineers Sekiya, Morikawa & Kosuge (L-R) of TRD & Technocraft discuss the #Lexusccsr at #Lexus25hr
3:44pm: Drivers Jeff Westphal, Tom Dyer & Ken Dobson (L-R) discuss driving 1,900 miles to place 4th #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
3:19pm: Crew chief Jeff NGO doing interviews after crewing the #Lexusccsr to finish 4th in the #Lexus25hr of #Thunderhill
3:03pm: Lexus IS F CCS-R finishes world's longest endurance race!! 4th in Class ES, 5th overall among 87 entries. #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
2:49pm: Full course yellow with 14 minutes left due to a car that oiled Turn 1. #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
2:46pm: 1/2 hour remaining in the 25 Hours of #Thunderhill : #Lexusccsr still hanging on to 4th in class after 643 laps – 1,900+ miles of racing.
2:04pm: 1 hour remaining in #Lexus25hr : #lexusccsr just took on a final splash of fuel, still holding 4th in class, 5th overall.
12:59pm: Final pit stop? 2:10 left in #Lexus25hr IS F CCS-R has a fresh driver (Jeff), 4 new tires & a full fuel load.
12:47pm: Nearby on pit lane, N1 Racing has brought the IS 250 AWD safely thru the night, 7th place in class E1. #Lexus25hr
12:33pm: The sharp Lexus pit crew prepares for the final service stops. #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
12:02pm: The Lexus IS F CCS racecar ran strong all night and is currently 4th in class, 5th overall. 3 hours to go! #lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
10:31am: N1 Racing IS 250 AWD, 7th in class, pits early to assess damage after being 'tagged' by a competitor. #Lexus25hr
10:11am: Team Lexus USA carefully inventories the remaining Toyo Proxxes race tires. #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr #toyotires
10:07am: The Lexus IS F CCS-R just moved into 6th place overall: under 5 hours to the finish now. #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
9:48am: Somewhere out there is a sunrise and an IS F CCS-R with another 1,500 miles on it. #Lexus25hr #Lexusccsr
9:25am: Inspecting the tires after a pre-dawn change of driver & tires #Lexusccsr #Lexus25hr
7:02am: Lexus crew enjoy mid-morning soup & sandwiches during a quiet period between stops of #Lexusccsr at #Lexus25hr
7:01am: Cold now for #Lexusccsr at 4AM, may drop another 4°F before it starts to warm after dawn at #Lexus25hr
6:31am: Over at N1 Racing, the IS 250 AWD has worked thru new-racecar teething issues with the brakes, now holding 7th in class E1 #Lexus25hr
6:08am: 410 laps – 1200 miles – Jeff Westphal, Ken Dobson & Tom Dyer have consistently run laps between 1:53 to 1:56 in #Lexusccsr at #lexus25hr
5:42am: After the axle replacement Team Lexus dropped from 5th to 25th. @WestphalRacing just put in another stint and climbed back to 11th. It's on!
2:18am: RT @williapm: Watching these Mastet Techs replace 2 1/2-axles at 11 PM in freezing temps is keeping everyone awake at #lexus25hr
1:46am: Crew of Lexus master technicians replacing an axle on the #Lexusccsr at #lexus25hr
1:41am: Jeff Westphal noticed a vibration with the #Lexusccsr & smelled hot grease: the crew will replace a rear 1/2-axle.
December 7, 2013
9:56pm: Spotting the #Lexusccsr in traffic gets harder at night in #Lexus25Hr
9:40pm: Night comes early in Nor Cal in Dec: driver change puts Ken Dobson at the wheel of the #Lexusccsr at #Lexus25Hr
9:39pm: Full tank of fuel, fresh tires all around plus front brake pads, too for #Lexusccsr at #Lexus25Hr
7:39pm: Lexus master driver Dave Smith getting his turn in the N1 Racing IS 250 AWD #lexus25hr
6:57pm: #Lexusccsr race engineers Sekiya, Morikawa & Kosuge confer after a late afternoon fuel stop #lexus25hr
5:44pm: Assessing a full set of tires after 3 hrs of racing the #Lexusccsr , the team confirms their #lexus25hr tire plan.
5:24pm: Jeff Westphal give a quick debrief to Ken Dobson after 3 hours in the #Lexusccsr #lexus25hr
5:24pm: Pit stop at hour 3 is as complex as it gets: tires, fuel, driver change, plus a camera crew. #Lexusccsr #lexus25hr
5:01pm: #Lexusccsr up to 7th overall, 5th in class #lexus25hr
4:58pm: Driver change @ 3rd fuel stop for IS 250 AWD #lexus25hr ; currently 4th in class.
3:57pm: 1st fuel stop for #Lexusccsr , running 7th class, 9th overall #lexus25hr
3:57pm: 1st pit stop for IS 250 AWD; currently running 4th in class! #lexus25hr
3:57pm: Frost on the spares. IS 250 AWD, #lexus25hr
2:58pm: Turning into a pleasant afternoon. #Lexusccsr #lexus25hr
2:49pm: Mark from Toyo Tires (foreground), Ken Dobson (R) & @jimlee310 (L) finalizing tire strategy. #Lexusccsr #lexus25hr
2:17pm: The paddock has suddenly become rather quiet. #Lexusccsr #lexus25hr
1:34pm: Lexus IS F CCS-R on the starting grid of Thunderhill 25 hour:
1:06pm: It’s cold here at Thunderhill raceway — IS F CCS-R is warming things up:
12:52pm: Lexus IS F CCS-R driver Jeff Westphal applying the #RIPPaulWalker commemorative decal to IS F CCS-R:
December 6, 2013
11:57pm: Jeff Westphal after qualifying the Lexus IS F CCS-R at Thunderhill:
7:04pm: and now it's snowing for the IS F CCS-R #lexus25hr
3:31pm: Hey Lexus fans, we will be posting live updates from #Thunderhill. Qualifying is later today! #Lexus25hr #survivethe25