Can you defeat this Neon dynasty? | #LowBuckWednesday

By Colin Wood
Mar 8, 2023 | $2000 Challenge, Low-Buck Tech, Tire Rack, Low-Buck Racing, #LowBuckWednesday

Photography Credit: Dave Green

The future may be bright for some, but for Bill Cuttitta, the future is neon–Dodge Neon, that is.

Bill is part of the Shelby Dodge Auto Club, a team that has been attending the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge Presented by Tire Rack since that very first event in 1999, entering–as the name suggests–a long line of Chrysler products.

Even after we opened up the competition to cars built for more than $2000 last year, Bill stayed true to Chrysler form, bringing a 2013 Dodge SRT Viper.

For 2023, though, Bill plans to head back to his roots, fielding a Dodge Neon like he and the Shelby Dodge Auto Club did for 2021 event. The biggest lessons learned that year after a fourth-place finish? Test early and often, keep it simple and bring spares.

What is the $2000 Challenge? It’s our annual low-buck automotive festival that celebrates autocross, drag racing and ingenuity, which returns to Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, on a new weekend for 2023, May 27-28.

The real challenge is in the event's name, however, as entries are required to prepare their vehicles for less than $2000. Each of these sub-$2000 cars will compete in autocross and drag racing sessions followed by concours judging the next day.

Rather see if more money equals more speed? Over-budget builds are also allowed to enter. Need more time to get your build ready? Spectators are welcome, and there will also be a Hagerty Cars & Caffeine, swap meet, model car concours and even a post-event track day at the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park.

Think your low-buck racer or over-budget car is up to the challenge? Enter your build here, and learn more about the $2000 Challenge at


The Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge is presented by Tire Rack, in association with CRC Industries and Miller Electric, with trophies from ACI Automotive & Performance.

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