MINI USA has teamed up with MINI of Charleston (South Carolina), making it possible for the MINI Cooper Hardtop to start racing in the B-Spec series for the 2012 race season. The power and weight of these B-Spec vehicles (production-based cars) are equalized so that racing would be very competitive.
There will be B-Spec races in 2012 that will be hosted by all four of the major racing sanctioning bodies (SCCA, Grand Am, NASA and World Challenge). Jim McDowell, Vice President – MINI USA, said that MINI considers B-Spec racing as a “great fit” since the car is inspired by racing.
He also said that the races are participated in by “vehicles very similar to those already sitting in the driveway.” He added that B-Spec racing provides a race environment that’s fun and competitive but MINI drivers aren’t required to invest a large amount of money to make the car formidable on the track.
It’s expected that when the 2012 season begins, turn-key MINI Hardtop racing vehicles will be produced and sold by MINI of Charleston, a Hendrick Automotive Group firm. Those who own any 2007 - 2012 MINI Cooper Hardtop can get class-legal conversion kits so that they could race in B-Spec.
All the safety features are guaranteed to comply with or surpass requirements that were set by the sanctioning body. The first MINI’s B-Spec prototype is set to be displayed at the LA Auto Show.
Brad Davis, Executive General Manager of MINI of Charleston and team driver Robbie Davis, will be driving this vehicle. The present contingency program of MINI USA for the four racing series will be extended to sanctioned B-Spec race teams. It also provides financial compensation for a eligible podium finish. Visit miniusa.com/#/miniRacing if you want more details about MINI USA’s contingency program.