The 2009 Hankook Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports proved to the biggest, fastest Challenge yet, with more than 50 cars pushing their limits in search of top honors.
In the end, Marc Goossens’s 600-horsepower, 2000-pound Riley Technologies Track Day Car dominated the field to take home first place. Computer issues early on forced the car to miss warmup laps, but once on track the Riley was an obvious front-runner.
Mike Skeen’s Trans Am Corvette edged out stiff competition for second place, while Phil Currin took home third in his retro Hemi Challenger using a classic recipe: more tire, more cubic inches.
Chad Slagg’s H1 Honda Civic was in boxes just a few weeks before the event. One very quick rebuild later and Chad drove the car to top honors in the the Independent Study Varsity category.
“We had the biggest turnout we’ve ever seen at this event, and people really brought in a great variety of cars ranging from some crazy creations to more substantial racing machines,” said Grassroots Motorsports Publisher Tim Suddard. “The track was in great shape and a lot of our competitors said they were running faster than they’d ever run before.”
Special thanks go to the folks at NASA, who did a great job running the event, and none of it would have been possible without the help of our UTCC sponsors: Hankook, Koni, Saferacer, StopTech, RedLine Oil, Exedy and, of course, CarDomain. Watch for full coverage in the November issue of Grassroots Motorsports.
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