Monthly Archives: March 2010

Barber Motorsports Park next up for RSR Motorsports

Hoping to carry their momentum into the next race in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, RSR Motorsports and Automatic Racing head to Barber Motorsports Park.  The next race is on April 10, 2010 at 5:00pm.  See the GRAND-AM Event Information. has a race preview featuring driver Sarah Cattaneo:

However, that won’t be exactly the scene for those cars competing in GRAND-AM’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner class on April 10 at Barber Motorsports Park. Drivers in a trio of Mini Cooper models will race against competitors in Chevrolet Cobalts, Mazda MX-5s and Honda Civics in a two-and-a-half hour race at the scenic 2.3-mile, 17-turn track in Birmingham, Ala.

Among those driving is 24-year-old Sarah Cattaneo, who, like prominent female driver Danica Patrick, calls Scottsdale, Ariz., home. Cattaneo is in her second full season competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and recently won her first career ST class pole position at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Her team, RSR Motorsports, finished fourth at Barber Motorsports Park last season.

Read the entire article Cattaneo Heads To Barber in a Mini Cooper.

collectible of the day: MINI Mix Volume 01 CD

MINI Mix Volume 01 CDThis is the first of a series of three CDs from 2002 available at MINI dealers and often included with the delivery of a new MINI.

MINI Mix Volume 01:  THE EARLY YEARS: ‘59-’69


01 Ray Charles – What’d I Say (Part I) (1959)
02 Booker T And The MG’s – Green Onions (1962)
03 Impressions – Keep on Pushing (1964)
04 Tommy James & The Shondells – Mony Mony (1968)
05 Aretha Franklin – Chain Of Fools (1968)
06 The Coasters – Poison Ivy (Gold In ‘59)
07 The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk (1964)
08 Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby (1962)

MINI Becomes Official Promotional Partner of GRAND-AM

RSR Motorsports MINIFrom GRAND-AM Communications:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – MINI is the latest manufacturer to partner with GRAND-AM Road Racing for the Manufacturers Official Promotional Partner Program for 2010.

MINI recently celebrated a podium finish in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Homestead 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway when Craig Conway and BJ Zacharias co-drove the No. 198 Cruise America/Four Winds RV MINI Cooper S to a third-place result in the Street Tuner (ST) class for RSR Motorsports. It was MINI’s first podium in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action since June 12, 2005 at Watkins Glen International.

In addition to the podium performance for the No. 198 team at Homestead, Sarah Cattaneo took the ST class pole position in the RSR Motorsports No. 197 Cruise America/Four Winds RV MINI Cooper S. Cattaneo was the first woman in series history to take an ST-class pole position and was the first woman to take a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge pole since Valerie Limoges took the overall pole, also at Homestead, in 2007.

“We are very excited for the RSR Motorsports team and congratulate them on their accomplishments during the Homestead race,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President, MINI USA. “It’s great to see MINI vehicles performing so well in a racing environment, which is a big part of the brand’s heritage.”

Under the Official Promotional Partner Program, all teams carrying approved MINI decals will earn prize money bonuses from MINI. The manufacturer also earns the right to use GRAND-AM marks, logos, images and video and MINI will be eligible for additional joint marketing efforts with GRAND-AM throughout the 2010 season.

“The MINI Cooper S race cars in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge have long been among the most popular cars in the paddock with our fans, and we are proud to welcome MINI as an Official Promotional Partner,” said Kevin Hindson, GRAND-AM Vice President, Marketing and Communications. “MINI is a well respected and cutting-edge brand and is exactly the type of company we want to associate ourselves with at GRAND-AM. On behalf of GRAND-AM, congratulations to MINI on its recent podium at Homestead-Miami Speedway and welcome aboard.”

The New York Times on the MINI E

The New York Times weighs in on the MINI E on its new cars blog.  The author of the article worries heavily about the 100 mile range and the possibility of getting stranded.

But stray too far afield in the Mini E and not even a gas station can save you. You will also need a tow to the nearest electrical outlet and a few hours to wait for a recharge.

Read the entire article Gas-Pump Freedom (Restrictions Apply).

collectible of the day: The Little Book of MINI

The Little Book of MINI (50th Anniversary Edition)The Little Book of MINI (cover version 2)The Little Book of MINI (cover version 1)
The Little Book of MINI by Brian Laban is little, measuring just six inches by six inches, but covers the history of the Mini as well as the MINI. Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • The Seeds
  • The Alternatives
  • The Man behind the Mini
  • The Solution
  • Onto the Road
  • Acceptance
  • Minis with More
  • Enter the Cooper
  • Do It Yourself
  • The Wilder Bunch
  • Rallying Round
  • On the Road Again
  • Into the Future
  • An End and a Beginning
  • Ideas into Reality
  • Top Twenty Mini Models

Originally published in 2005, the hardcover book was reissued in 2009 as the 50th Anniversary Edition.

The Little Book of MINI by Brian Laban
Green Umbrella Publishing, 2005
128 p.
ISBN-10: 1905009224, ISBN-13: 978-1905009220

The Little Book of MINI by Brian Laban
Green Umbrella Publishing, 2005
128 p.
ISBN-10: 1905009232, ISBN-13: 978-1905009237

The Little Book of MINI: 50th Anniversary Edition by Brian Laban
Green Umbrella Publishing, 2005
128 p.
ISBN-10: 1906635749, ISBN-13: 978-1906635749

collectible of the day: Motoring Score Card ad

MINI Score Card adHere is an ad insert from 2004 that embodies all the qualities of the MINI brand: fun, competition, good feelings, and cleverness.  The ad features a small pad of Motoring Score Cards used to play a game over one to five days.  The ad reads:

LET’S SCORE SOME GOOD KARMA. Let’s reward ourselves for avoiding pedestrians. Let’s rack up points on the way to the office, the movies and the dentist. Let’s add it all up to prove we’re the best at doing good. Let’s try not to rub it in. LET’S MOTOR.

Players get points while motoring around and accomplishing tasks such as waving (5 points), getting a trucker to honk (15 points), motoring naked (40 points), and giving someone a jump (100 points).

The ad insert can be found in the following magazine issues:

  • AutoWeek. March 1, 2004. (between pages 16 & 17)
  • Maxim.
  • Outside. Vol. 29, No. 4. April 2004. (between pages 78 & 79)
  • Stuff. Issue 53. April 2004. (between pages 48 & 49)

Download the Motoring Score Card and play this weekend.

MINI Takes the States 2010 announced

MINI Takes the States 2010 mapMINI USA has officially released the first announcement of MINI Takes the States 2010 including the dates of the main event.  According to, the main festival will take place in Denver on August 13-15, 2010.  Five nationwide rallies will begin in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles but no further dates or details have been given yet.  Event registration will begin in mid-May.

You can watch for more details on the official MINI Takes the States website or on MINI USA’s Facebook page.