Oct 28th, 2013
Official Release from MINI USA: Robbie Davis won the Touring Car B-Spec Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship in his MINI Cooper, run by the MINI of Charleston Racing Team. The American, who since 2007 has lined up in numerous series with a modified MINI Cooper S, produced a courageous performance in his adopted home of Houston. He refused to be denied by a crash and fought back to finish in the points while his closest rivals faltered.
Oct 16th, 2012
On the tail of disappointing MINI motorsport news in the WRC, here’s some good news on the MINI racing front. The 2012 B-Spec series wrapped up recently and MINIs made a very strong showing.
[Official Release] Last week marked the conclusion of a highly successful season for MINI in the 2012 Grand AM Total Performance Showcase (B-Spec) championship, with the private MINI teams scoring an impressive tally of three wins in the six-race series. The competing MINIs also powered their way to claim four pole positions, and out of the possible 18 podium finishes, 10 were claimed by MINI drivers.
Aug 17th, 2012
Looking for something MINI to do in September? Head to Northern California and watch some racing!
Shasta MINIs has setup something very special for the Grand-AM/Continental Championship races at Laguna Seca.
May 3rd, 2012
A MINI Cooper B-Spec race car driven by Robbie Davis, and fielded by MINI of Charleston, came in second at the first Grand Am B-Spec this last weekend. Davis not only lead the race at one point, but turned in the fastest lap time of the race. The podium was rounded out by a Mazda2 in first place and a Ford Fiesta in third. According to our man on the ground there at the race, the winning Mazda2 driver counts the track at Homestead as his “home track”, and Robbie Davis in the second place MINI was encountering the course for the first time. In fact, were it not for an untimely slide on the wet track, Davis may have taken first.
Check out the full story, plus more photos, over at Turn17.
Jan 30th, 2012
Good news for grassroots MINI racing fans. GRAND AM has announced upcoming dates for the 2012 racing season that include Spec-B racing events. With a Spec-B MINI race car available right “out of the box” so to speak, we’re hoping to see lots of MINIs out on the track at these events (full list after the break). continued →
Jan 24th, 2012
MINI of Charleston has announced official pricing for the B-spec parts package for the R56 MINI Cooper. If you want to go SCCA racing in your MINI, the kit will cost you around $6,000, plus tires and a roll cage. Not a bad deal! This means that even starting with a brand new car, you’re racing for right around $30k.
The total kit price will be in the $6k range, plus tires and cage… which MINI of Charleston can also provide, but pricing has yet to be set. Some of what the kit includes is custom KW V1 suspension, Vorshlag Camber plates, Way Motor Works stainless brake lines, safety window nets, wheels, ECU reflash, air filter, etc.
Nov 16th, 2011
MINI USA is getting in the business of selling race cars. Today MINI took the wraps off of the new B-Spec Cooper that will be sanctioned to run in the SCCA, Grand Am, NASA and the World Challenge. Basically any weekend next spring, summer or fall you will likely be able to find some place to race the B-Spec Cooper.
So why B-spec? B-Spec vehicles are production-based cars that are equalized on power and weight to make the racing as competitive as possible and all four of the major racing sanctioning bodies (SCCA, Grand Am, NASA and World Challenge). continued →