MINI has had a great run the the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly the KONI Challenge series), first with Nuzzo Motorsports in 2003 and currently with RSR Motorsports. Due to GRAND-AM rules, the first-generation MINI Cooper S (R53) will no longer be allowed to race after this season. That means the R53 MINI has only two more races left. RSR Motorsports has no plans to develop a second-generation MINI Cooper S (R56) or MINI Cooper S Coupe (R58). Thus, MINI will exit the GRAND-AM series unless another MINI team steps up.
Now former British MINI Challenge champ Chris Knox wants to send the R53 MINI off with a bang.
CALLING all MINI businesses, dealers, owners and fans, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to carve yourself a slice of Motorsport and motoring history. You can be part of a party that will give you a host of stunning memories. You can give the iconic R53 MINI a Swansong. We want to get a British/American driver line-up in the little car with the big heart for its final two Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock. If we can raise the funding we need, these won’t just be races, they will be Motorsport EVENTS with thousands of fans, dealers and MINI owners enjoying the festivities. And it won’t cost you as much as you think.You decide how much you want to donate. If we reach the target, we will get the car at Lime Rock and Laguna Seca and the party will begin.We don’t want to be negative, but if we don’t reach the target, everyone will get their money back?.but let?s not think about that. Let’s team up and get the party started!!
- Continental Tire Sports Car Festival at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 8, 2012.
- Lime Rock Park – Street Tuner at Lime Rock Park on September 28, 2012.