Mark your calendars! The $2000 Challenge moves to May

By Colin Wood
Nov 14, 2022 | $2000 Challenge, Low-Buck Tech, Low-Buck Racing

Photography by Dave Green

The 2023 edition of the $2000 Challenge presented by Tire Rack is closing in faster than a Subaru 360 turned into an LMP-style racer. What are your plans to participate?

Our annual $2000 Challenge is an automotive festival celebrating autocross, drag racing and ingenuity where we ask one simple question: How fast can you go for less than $2000?

For 2022, we opened the competition to cars built for more than $2000 to find out if more money really does equal more speed–an expansion we’re eager to continue for 2023 once again at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway.

The Best Western Gateway Grand will once again act as the host hotel for the weekend’s festivities.

We also have exciting plans in the works for 2023, starting with an all-new date: Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 2023.

Stay tuned for more updates here and on the $2000 Challenge website.

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Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/14/22 9:37 a.m.


nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/14/22 12:27 p.m.

My Sawzall is getting Angsty to start on my 2023 Build.  Soon Sawzall..  Soon.   

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/14/22 12:57 p.m.

Will the individual events be "a la carte" again?  Classing by tires again like this year?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
11/14/22 1:12 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

Yes and yes. laugh

madmrak351 Reader
11/14/22 1:18 p.m.

Good deal, glad to hear the date is nailed down!! I Plan to be there.

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
11/14/22 1:26 p.m.

Memorial Day??


carguyrory New Reader
11/14/22 1:35 p.m.

I've only attended once, and then as a spectator (It was great fun!)  I liked the fall date for a number of reasons. Not least of which it's not FL in the summer. 

I think Memorial Weekend will be a hard sell. So much is going on that weekend! 

Best of luck. I hope it succeeds spectacularly. 

Just curious. Why the change of date?

Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/14/22 2:19 p.m.

In reply to carguyrory :

Hurricanes and narrowly avoiding them was the primary reason given.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
11/14/22 2:21 p.m.

Yes, hurricanes were the primary concern--if you noticed, this year's event had major hurricanes just weeks before AND after it, and we're tired of planning on dodging those bullets. 

A switch to May will also bring warmer evenings, which should mean a safer surface for drag racing.

alfadriver MegaDork
11/14/22 2:21 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

I would also think it's easier to not have to work around football games when scheduling the track.

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