The Precision Motorsports Group’s No. 18 Mini Cooper appears to have been through Hell and back when compared to some of the big-budget teams running in Pirelli World Challenge this weekend, and that’s why I love it. Behold, ingenious motorsports fixin’ at work.
If there's a do-not-miss set of races to watch from the Pirelli World Challenge weekend at Circuit of the Americas, it's the touring car group: TC, TCA and TCB. The craziest race of them all was the last TCB (or B-Spec) race from the weekend where these small, hyper-aggressive little cars bump and spin in the wet.
Now that spring is here, I can go to almost any race track in America and watch fast cars duke it out. Sports cars. Supercars. Prototypes. NASCAR. Even Formula One later this year. But where do I go if I want to watch a bunch of cheap economy cars drive their little engines out in some epic track battle?
When I joked about fixing my handling problems with Truck Nutz, I had no idea I'd actually find a pair in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock. Many race cars race in support of charities, but Timothy Mincey Sr.'s Testicular Cancer Foundation-sponsored car is particularly on the ball(s) with it.
If you haven't heard about B-Spec racing yet, you will. Every major racing sanctioning body in the U.S. — SCCA, Grand Am, NASA and World Challenge — will host B-Spec races in 2012. Honda, Mazda, Kia and Fiat are already in. And now, so is Mini.