It's a well-known fact that we love turning corners as much as we do drag racing. To that end, we're amped up that six of this year's Super Chevy Shows have autocross events. Now we are pleased to announce that Toyo Tires has stepped up to sponsor the autocross competition.
The Super Chevy Show presented by GM Performance Division season kick-off at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) will feature the Toyo Tires Autocross, in addition to Car Show, Drag Race, and Swap Meet action. PBIR will be one of six tracks on the series 2011 tour hosting the solo timed-course competition, which has become all of the rage of muscle car enthusiasts who want to test out everything from their handling and suspension to the grip of their performance tires.
Jason Rittenberry, the president of PBIR, sees autocross at the Super Chevy Show as something very exciting for participants and sponsors. "PBIR has a great road course, and a lot of enthusiasts want to come here and compete. The Super Chevy Show series has visited this facility many times over the years, but has never offered autocross," Rittenberry said. "We think it brings in a whole new dimension to the audience that wants to spend part of their weekend racing around the road course and the having their car judged in the Car Show area.
"As for the spectators coming to the event, they can now see a 300 mph jet car on the dragstrip, incredible collector entries in the car show area, and some amazing Vettes, Camaros, Novas and other Chevys from the last 50 years out on the road course."
For Toyo Tires, sponsoring the Autocross portion of an event becomes almost like hosting an open proving ground for their products. "We are excited to sponsor the Toyo Tires Autocross events in the Super Chevy Show series in 2011," said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "Autocross is the perfect venue to demonstrate the winning performance of our Proxes R888 and Proxes RA1 R-compound tires on pro touring style Chevrolets."
In addition to the PBIR event, Toyo Tires will also join Total Cost Involved, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Currie Enterprises in sponsoring the autocross on the second stop of the tour at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in late April, and then sponsor autocross at the Super Chevy Show in Spokane, Washington in late July.
Who: Open to amateur and competitive participants in a Chevy bodied or Chevy powered vehicle
What: Single car, timed course competition
Where: Six events in 2011 - Palm Beach Intl. Raceway, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motorplex, Spokane County Raceway, Royal Purple Raceway at Houston, and Firebird Intl. Raceway
Entry Fee: $45 two-day entry for Saturday & Sunday competition
Times: Palm Beach Intl. Raceway 11:00am - 5:00pm Saturday; 10:00am - 3:30pm Sunday
Classes: Spectre Performance Novice class, Open class for skilled participants, and Ladies class
Awards: Given out at the end of each day of competition (Sat & Sun) in the awards tent
Publicity: Super Chevy Show Editors will be on site for Autocross event coverage, results, and highlights to appear at www.superchevy.com and in Super Chevy magazine
Safety: Helmet (open or closed face required), and seat belts for driver and passenger. Must be a minimum of 16 years old. If 16-18 yrs. old, parental consent required
Tires: Must meet 100 UTQG tread wear rating and above
Inspection: Includes secured battery tie-down, removal of loose objects in the car or trunk, check of all proper fluid levels, no leaks or worn out belts or hoses