GRAND-AM Road Racing announced today, January 28, 2012, an interesting addition to its two existing sports car series, in the form of a new “B-Spec” level featuring sub-compact cars in six races this season.
One of the fastest-growing segments of the automobile business, B-Spec is among the most affordable classes for entry-level racers, and is expected to enjoy great support from club racers.
“This new form of GRAND-AM racing will attract new racers and in the process, new fans,” said GRAND-AM Managing Director of Racing Operations Mark Raffauf. “The cars are cool and the competition will be door-to-door, which should be a lot of fun for everyone [and] a nice fit with what GRAND-AM already has happening at every event.”
Currently, the six sprint races that are planned for between 30 and 45 minutes in length will run in conjunction with the following GRAND-AM weekends:
- Homestead-Miami Speedway, April 27-29
- New Jersey Motorsports Park, May 11-13
- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 8-9
- Watkins Glen International, June 29-July1
- Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 7-9
- Lime Rock Park, September 28-29
A total of five manufacturers have committed to the new competition, with the following models involved: Mazda 2, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Mini Cooper, and Kia Rio. Each manufacturer will develop an approved performance kit, which is subject to GRAND-AM approval. These will be the only alterations permitted to the respective cars. All practice sessions will also serve as qualifying to set race grids.
The weekends will also feature the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Regional racers who meet entry requirements are welcome at each event, with a concentration on event victories instead of a national championship. No currently licensed professional drivers will be allowed to participate.
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