Now in its 16th year, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships are regarded as the top production-based racing series in North America, featuring the cars that we all drive, or wish we were driving, and displaying their capabilities in a racing format that is easy to understand.
All tolled, more than 15 auto manufacturers participate in SPEED World Challenge, making it the most diverse racing in the world.
The series is broken down into two distinct categories-SPEED GT and SPEED Touring Car. The Touring Car division is for smaller displacement cars that must have a back seat in production form. SPEED Touring Cars include the Acura TSX, Audi A4, BMW 325, Dodge SRT-4, Ford Focus, Mazda 6, Mercedes-Benz C230 and Subaru WRX.
SPEED GT is the class for the cars we wish we were driving, ranging from the 500 Cubic Inch Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette C6 and Porsche 911 to ultra high-performance sports sedans like the Audi RS 6, Cadillac CTS-V and Volvo S60 R.
While each of these cars has a separate set of regulations to help achieve parity with such a variety of configurations, they all run on the Toyo Proxes RA-1 DOT approved street tire-as proper street cars should.
While there are two categories, they never appear on track together, as that would detract from the racing. From standing start to finish, the races are non-stop action for 45 minutes with no pit stops and no time to take a breath.
While the cars are impressive, the list of the men piloting them are every bit as noteworthy, with Champions from open wheel and sports car racing alike, including Tommy Archer, Bill Auberlen, Derek Bell, Peter Cunningham, Michael Galati, Memo Gidley, Pierre Kleinubing, Max Papis, Andy Pilgrim and Randy Pobst, to name a few.
It's the SCCA SPEED World Challenge, and it's "everything you dreamed road racing would be."
For more information, visit www.world-challenge.com.