Pirelli Ultimate Track Car Challenge 2011 - Director's cut
A record field of more than 75 entrants threw down the gauntlet at last
weekend's Pirelli Ultimate Track Car Challenge at Virginia International
The annual slugfest, now in its fifth year, is a hot-lap showdown thrown by
Grassroots Motorsports magazine to determine who has the fastest track car
in the country.
The UTCC invites a mix of professionally prepared and enthusiast-built race
cars to compete against each other on VIR's fast full course for bragging
rights as the "ultimate," but there's even more at stake here: The winners
will be featured in the pages of Grassroots Motorsports magazine.
Along with the chance at fame, competitors at the July 22 event also vied
for thousands of dollars in cash awards, prizes and special trophies from
Pirelli, eBay Motors, BimmerWorld, Forgeline Wheels, AEM, Race-Keeper, Ford
Racing, Dodge Motorsports, Exedy Racing Clutch, StopTech, APR Performance,
SafeRacer and CarDomain.com.
Although the NASA-sanctioned track event uses a simple "run whatcha brung"
approach that discards the usual complicated race classes for a more
straightforward shooting match, the UTCC is nevertheless a world-class
competition. This year's running attracted manufacturer support from
several key players, including Ford Racing, which showed off the prowess
of their Boss 302S and debuted their brand-new B Spec Fiesta.
Other high-profile teams included Grand-Am champions Riley Technologies as
well as pro teams from various sanctioning bodies, including the Pirelli
World Challenge Sports Car Wars, NASA and the SCCA.
The cars on track were able to record some truly amazing lap times despite
record high temperatures, with seven of them shattering the elusive
2-minute barrier. Once the day was done, a Riley Technologies MkXXII Track
Day Car stood atop the time sheets for the second time in just three years.
Tony Ave, who ran a fastest lap of 1:48.939, drove the 650-horsepower screamer.
MTI Racing driver Reese Cox took a solid second overall with a 1:54.958 in
a production-based Chevy Corvette Z06. Other fast competitors included
Steve Bassen, who recorded a staggering 1:59.871 in a modified BMW
E30-chassis M3; Danny Popp, who muscled a surprisingly stock 2006 Chevrolet
Corvette to a 1:56.976; Jason Bowles, who ripped off a 1:55.372 in a
Ganassi Racing COT Mustang;
and Tony Wiesenhahn, who flew to a remarkable 2:01.309 in a four-cylinder
Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
The entire story of the 2011 Ultimate Track Car Challenge will appear in
the November issue of Grassroots Motorsports. More information, including
complete results, pictures and even video content featuring jaw-dropping
in-car footage, can be viewed at www.ultimatetrackcarchallenge.com.
For more information, to inquire about next year's event, or to make media
inquiries, please contact Andy Reid at email@example.com.
TurninConcepts WRX - 720p HD UTCC @ VIR 2011
Awards: Overall Fastest AWD, Fastest turbo/Supercharged, Fastest Subaru
30+ psi on q16.
Big Thanks for the new Aero fab work by James Schadler, Robert @ Forced
Performance for the new FP 3582 HTA, and SubaruPartsPro.com!
Driver/Owner: Tony Wiesenhahn
Tuning: Dan @ RaceTuned
turbo: Forced Performance FP3582 HTA
Engine: 2.5L Block / STi Heads
Suspension: TIC Spec
Moffat 1969 Trans Am Mustang in-car footage. Fantastic noise!
Allan Moffat's immortal 1969 Trans Am Mustang is one of the greats of
Australian motorsport. Winning 101 of 151 races it was also one of the most
successful in our nations racing history. Here is some in car footage from
the Gold Coast 600 Legends demonstration event, taking it easy as there is
a lot of concrete there to hit! See more of this car and others from the
Bowden Collection here at www.bowdensown.com.au
Multimatic Mustang Boss 302R Qualifying Run at VIR
Jump in with "Front Row Joe" as he sets the 2nd quickest time in qualifying
for the Bosch Engineering 200 at Virginia International Raceway in the
Multimatic Motorsports Mustang Boss 302R. VIR marked the 4th
race in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class of Grand-Am.
Grassroots Motorsports Race-Keeper Video of the Month for August 2011
The Pirelli World Challenge series has fans on the edge of their seat as
the 2011 season enters the home stretch. Check out these highlights from
the race at Mid-Ohio, and stay tuned as the series heads to Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta
Look for more Grassroots Motorsports videos on our YouTube channel and more
coverage of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships in the pages of
Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. To try an issue of Grassroots Motorsports
magazine for free, visit grassrootsmotorsports.com/try
Mike Skeen: 2010 GRM UTCC Dodge Challenger cockpit view
Here is the morning warm up session at the 2010 Pirelli Ultimate Track Car
Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports at VIR. This 2010 Dodge
Challenger built by Chip Ganassi Racing ran very strong in the warm up, but
had an issue that kept it from running any of the timed sessions during the
day. Thanks to Zenith Aviation and Bob Stanford for giving me the
opportunity to drive the car--look for it again at future events. GoPro HD
C6 Z06 at Virginia International Raceway (700hp)
700hp C6 Z06 at Virginia International Raceway. Passing some Vipers and
The car was built by LMR in Houston, Texas.
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Maier Racing Mustang: More grip than a GT3? - /BIG MUSCLE
• Mike Maier
If you've ever driven a bone-stock mid-1960's Ford Mustang, then you know that these
little cars make wonderful cruisers. They possess movie-star good looks and
turn heads everywhere. Drive them hard though and you'll soon realize that
what lies beneath that sheet metal is usually in need of some serious
improvement . Mike Maier of Maier Racing is the owner of this stunning blue
1966 coupe, a car that was supposed to have been bought as a play toy for
him and his wife. However when you grow up in a racing family, leaving
things alone is generally not an option. Little by little the Mustang evolved away from the family
hot-rod and into a test bed for new parts. More importantly than that
though, it's now one of the baddest street 'Stangs on the planet. Most
people will tell you that "Bigger is always better"... one drive in the
Maier Racing '66 coupe however may make you rethink that statement
Element Tuning GRM Ultimate Track Car Challenge VIR 2011
Element Tuning Subaru STi takes on the 2011 GRM Ultimate Track Car
Challenge at VIR (TTCC). Driver Philip Grabow. In car video clips from
practice, and other sessions. Racing against Riley DP, MTI Corvette Z06,
Juno, Ganassi Challenger
Randy Pobst VIR Instruction - April 2004
At my first ACNA Driver School I was lucky enough to get Randy Pobst to
take me for a couple of laps in my 99.5 A4 2.8.
I was in the "Green" group so it was filled with first or second time track
drivers. Needless to say we hit a little congestion since there were only
three places our group was allowed to pass each other. Despite the
congestion he still managed to give me some great instruction.
It was great hanging out with him that day.