2016 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge
May 20 at Alton, VA
Think Your Car's Fast?
Here's your chance to see exactly how quick your track car is compared to a wide variety of other challengers. We host everything from IMSA competitors, to grassroots Honda builds, to old-school Mustangs and Camaros. What's faster: a Pirelli World Challenge car or a Trans Am titan? Let's find out.
Own a performance shop with some stiff competition? Challenge them to duel it out here on track. Let's see what your modifications can really do to lap times.
Have a classic racer? No problem. We have a "Fastest Vintage" award just for you. This is a rare chance to see just how your classic stacks up to more modern machines.
With our annual no-holds-barred track competition, we aim to find the fastest machines on four wheels. The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports returns to Virginia International Raceway on May 20 so that the event becomes part of the HyperFest weekend. Bring your raucous, flame-belching beast to the track and see if you can best the competition.
The rules are simple: All your car needs to do is pass a NASA safety inspection. Run any tire and any suspension type; add seven turbos, superchargers, displacement, spinning triangles; mount it to a production-based chassis or tube frame; use chromoly, carbon fiber, lexan—whatever your wrenching heart desires.
What do you win? Bragging rights. Wave your trophy of triumph in the air and watch 49 of your fellow trackmates quiver in fear of your awesome horsepower and incredible ability as a wheelman. There can be only one ultimate track car, and only one ultimate track car driver. It could be you.
Want to participate? Entrants will be part of the Fast 50. To be considered, fill out the vehicle information form and email Rick Goolsby, with your plight: car details, photo, and your basic bio, including any racing licenses currently held. Basically, tell us why we should let you in.
Once in the field, the entry fee is just $245.
Spectators pay a nominal fee to enter the facility and watch the action unfold.
Join in the conversation and show everyone what you plan on bringing through our Facebook page.
How Does the Event Operate?
NASA Mid-Atlantic runs the on-track portion of the event, which operates like a normal NASA Time Trial, with everyone racing against the clock. The fastest time posted during the day will be the one scored.
We’ll again have two groups—faster cars in one and slower in the other. Each driver will get about 1.5 hours of track time that day.
All cars must pass a NASA Time Trial safety inspection.
All drivers must have a NASA Time Trial or road race competition license. If your current competition license is from another sanctioning body, you may be able to convert it to a NASA Time Trial or road race license with the approval of a NASA Mid-Atlantic Time Trial Director. Jon Felton will handle these matters on a case-by-case basis. If you are not licensed anywhere yet and are an advanced-level HPDE driver, contact your local NASA region to inquire about getting a Time Trial check ride at a local event prior to the UTCC.
All cars must wear the required windshield banner and stickers handed out by the GRM staff.
Want to participate? Entrants will be part of the Fast 50. To be considered, fill out the vehicle information form and email Rick Goolsby, with your plight: car details, photo, and your basic bio, including any racing licenses currently held. Basically, tell us why we should let you in. We’ll notify our Fast 50 two months prior to the event.
Once in the field, the entry fee is just $245.
For last year's results, go to the results page.
The event schedule will be found here once it is released.
Instead of classes, awards will be handed out based on car type and specs. Yes, one car may be eligible for more than one award. Here's a quick list of the planned awards for this year:
Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car: Overall fastest time.
Fastest Real Door-Slammer—Big Bore: Fastest car in the big-bore group that has been modified from a road-going example.
Fastest Real Door-Slammer—Small Bore: Fastest car in the small-bore group that has been modified from a road-going example.
Fastest Vintage: Fastest car built in or before 1985.
Fastest Street Production: Fastest street-legal car.
Fastest All-Wheel Drive
Fastest Front-Wheel Drive
Fastest BMW: Presented by BimmerWorld
Fastest Ford: Presented by Ford Motor Co.
Official's Choice Award: The Grassroots Motorsports staff votes on their favorite car in the field.
Competitors' Choice Award: Competitors vote for their favorite car in the field.
Continental Tire Contingency Award: The fastest car in the field running on Continental Tires.
** Note that awards are subject to change.
There are a number of hotels within a reasonable distance from the track. We'll post a list of our recommendations here in the near future.
HyperFest is an extremely spectator-centric event. There is virtually no end of things to do and see. Tickets will be available online and at the gate.
Also, if you're staying through the weekend, for only $50 you can participate in a mini HPDE called a Hyperdrive. You'll get to drive your own car for 20 minutes on VIR Full Course with professional in-car coaching.
Should you like to try their hand at a full weekend of track driving at VIR, you can register for an award-winning NASA Mid Atlantic High Performance Driving Event (HPDE). Several hours of track time with professional coaching for less than $400.
Looking for more track time that weekend? NASA Mid-Atlantic will allow any UTCC driver to “double down” and pick up time in that weekend’s Test and Tune or Open Practice sessions. NASA will provide a $50 discount to anyone who chooses to do both so they’d get nearly 3.5 hours of track time for around $380—that’s about $1.80/minute of track time. And don’t forget, we’re talking about Virginia International Raceway.
November 19: The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge will attack the hills of VIRginia International Raceway again in 2016, but with a slight change: It will take place on May 20 so it can become part of HyperFest. The move to HyperFest also means the bleachers will be filled with spectators cheering on UTCC drivers.
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Start: May 20, 2016, End: None
Holly Hill, FL 32117