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MINI in the Pirelli World Challenge 2015

Pirelli World Challenge 2015

The Pirelli World Challenge season is underway at the Circuit of the Americas.  MINI will be competing in the TCB (B-Spec) class.  The TCB class will race only a selection of the PWC venues, but each weekend they do will feature two or three races.  MINI won this series in 2013 with Robbie Davis.  In 2014, Tyler Palmer finished third in the standings.  Neither driver is racing this year and MINI USA is not officially supporting any team.

You can follow the Pirelli World Challenge through their website with the schedule, results, photos, video, and live streaming.  Pirelli World Challenge racing can be watched online at www.world-challengetv.com.


Pirelli World Challenge 2015

03/06 – 03/08 Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas

05/15 – 05/17 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

06/26 – 06/28 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

08/14 – 08/16 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

08/21 – 08/23 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah

09/11 – 09/13  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, California


MINI Teams

Breathless Performance Racing – Driver Jason Fichter.

P.J. Groenke Racing – Driver P.J. Groenke.

Racing.ca – Drivers Andrei Kisel, Glenn Nixon, and Wei Lu.

Shae Racing – Driver Tom Noble.

MINI in the Pirelli World Challenge 2014

4R Motorsports MINI #24

Photo by 4R Motorsports

Another racing series that MINI competes in is the Pirelli World Challenge which will be in full gear with the TCB (B-Spec) class starting this weekend.  Each weekend in the series will feature two races.  MINI has had previous success in this series with Robbie Davis winning the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championship.  For 2014, Tyler Palmer takes over driving duties for Davis in the MINI of Charleston #37 MINI. This week MINI USA announced they would be sponsoring Palmer’s team.

From MINI USA News:

MINI of Charleston MINI #37

Photo by MINI of Charleston Racing

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 25, 2014…MINI USA is proud to announce Tyler Palmer as the newest addition to the MINI Motorsports program.  Palmer, a California native, will make his MINI Motorsports debut this weekend as the Pirelli World Challenge® Series makes its first trip to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Last season, Palmer made a total of eight trips to the podium in his nine Pirelli World Challenge starts, including third place and runner-up finishes at the Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix. In the same year, the then 19-year-old driver claimed fourth and second place finishes in Rounds 9 & 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The rookie sensation also capped off a remarkable 2013 season with a pair of wins at the FOAMETIX Grand Prix of Houston.

“Tyler is a great addition to the MINI Motorsports family and will certainly add to the rich racing heritage that started back in 1964 with our first victory at the world famous Monte Carlo Rally,” said Chris Potgieter, Product Manager, MINI USA. “We look forward to an exciting season and to seeing MINI on the podium again this year!”

Palmer will race in a 2012 MINI Cooper Hardtop owned by MINI of Charleston Racing, the same MINI that was driven to the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championship last season by Robbie Davis.

Born and raised in San Diego, Palmer attends Mira Costa College in nearby Oceanside, Calif. When he’s not at the track, the aspiring racer enjoys dirt biking, surfing, golfing and working out.  Palmer is also a go-kart racing instructor.

In addition to representing MINI USA on the track, Palmer will also make appearances at the MINI Performance Motoring School and the MINI Teen Motoring School with Miles Ahead at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But that’s not all! Palmer will also make an appearance at this year’s MINI TAKES THE STATES, the legendary cross-country rally for MINI owners that takes place every other year.  Be sure to check our website, MINITAKESTHESTATES.COM, for the full schedule.

You can learn more about Tyler Palmer at www.TylerPalmerRacing.com and find him on Facebook at Facebook.com/TylerPalmerRacing.


Pirelli World Challenge 2014

04/25 – 04/27 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama

05/16 – 05/18 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

05/30 – 06/01 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey

06/19 – 06/21 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

08/01 – 08/03 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Lexington, Ohio

08/30 – 08/31 Brainerd Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota

09/12 – 09/13 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah


MINI Teams

You can follow the racing series and the teams from the links below:

Pirelli World Challenge – Website with schedule, results, photos, video, and live streaming.

4R Motorsports – Drivers Scott Kuhne and Tom Noble.

Breathless Performance – Driver Jason Fichter.

Downunder Motorsports – Driver Jim Cleveland.

MINI of Charleston Racing – Visit the website and Facebook page, drivers Tyler Palmer and Robbie Davis.

Racing.ca – Driver Andrei Kisel.

TLM Racing – Drivers David Tuaty and Michael Camus.


Pirelli World Challenge racing can be watched online at http://www.world-challengetv.com.

MINI finishes first and second at Mid-Ohio in B-Spec

Urban East Racing MINI Cooper No. 35
There was B-Spec racing at Mid-Ohio last weekend in the TOTAL Performance Showcase.

Robbie David just missed getting his second win in a row.  At the end, he was beaten by less than a half-second by the No. 35 MINI Cooper driven by Brian Audet.  A Mazda 2 finished third.

Read the race summary in PaddockTalk’s article Audet Recovers From Late-Race Mistake At Mid-Ohio.

RSR Motorsports and MINI of Charleston get wins

MINI of Charleston MINI Cooper No. 37

MINI teams were competing this weekend in two GRAND-AM series races with success at both levels.  The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the newly renamed TOTAL Performance Showcase took place in New Jersey.

RSR Motorsports got the win in the B+ HEROES 200.  The team has two MINI Cooper S and two Honda Civic Si racecars, and it was the No. 197 Honda that finished on top.

1. 197 – Fergus / Trinkler – Honda Civic Si
12. 196 – Farmer / Hart – Honda Civic Si
22. 198 – Gimple / Puskar – MINI Cooper S

See the official results from the GRAND-AM website.

In the TOTAL Performance Showcase New Jersey B-Spec race, Robbie Davis in the MINI of Charleston MINI Cooper No. 37 led the entire race and took the checkered flag.

1. 37 – Robbie Davis – MINI Cooper – MINI of Charleston
2. 35 – Brian Audet – MINI Cooper – Urban East Racing
4. 55 – Chip Howell – MINI Cooper – Pioneer Racing

Read the articles Davis Takes TOTAL Performance Showcase Win In New Jersey and Davis Leads Flag To Flag At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Wins TOTAL.

MINI takes 2nd place in initial GRAND-AM Sportsman Showcase

MINI Cooper No. 37

The initial GRAND-AM Sportsman Showcase race was held yesterday on a wet track at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The B-Spec MINI Cooper comprised half the field along with Mazda 2 and Ford Fiesta racers.

Robbie Davis took 2nd place in his No. 37 MINI Cooper for the team from MINI of Charleston.  The 20-lap race was won by the No. 22 Mazda 2 driven by Ernie Francis.  The unofficial results are below:

Pos No. Name Total
Diff Best
In Lap Best
Car Team
1 22 Ernie Francis 45:57.043 2:05.805 14 63.241 Mazda 2 Breathless Performance
2 37 Robbie Davis 45:59.707 2.664 2:04.732 16 63.785 MINI Cooper MINI of Charleston
3 50 Todd Buras 46:02.400 5.357 2:06.563 13 62.862 Ford Fiesta Irish Mikes Racing
4 2 Dan Carney 46:09.603 12.560 2:06.322 19 62.982 Mazda 2 Berg Racing
5 55 Chip Howell 46:20.062 23.019 2:06.636 16 62.826 MINI Cooper Pioneer Racing
6 68 Bruce Hollander 46:38.819 41.776 2:06.150 16 63.068 MINI Cooper Fast Toys
7 51 Chip Van Vurst 47:20.160 1:23.117 2:07.509 13 62.396 Ford Fiesta Irish Mikes Racing
8 48 Ed Magner 5.232 20 Laps 0 MINI Cooper WTF Engineering

We hope to have race photos soon.  See the full Homestead-Miami Sportsman Series results.

Car and Driver B-Spec racers comparison tests

Spec-B MINI Cooper No. 37

In the May 2012 issue of Car and Driver (and on its website) is a thorough comparison test of the current field of B-Spec cars which will compete in the GRAND-AM Sportsman Showcase series.  The current field of B-Spec cars includes:

  • Honda Fit
  • Kia Rio 5
  • Mazdaspeed 2
  • MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper in this test was built by Brad Davis at MINI of Charleston (South Carolina).  The 2012 GRAND-AM Sportsman Showcase series begins at the Homestead-Miami Speedway the weekend of April 28-29.  See the Sportsman Showcase (B-Spec) Schedule.

Read the Car and Driver article B-spec Racers: Honda Fit vs. Kia Rio 5, Mazda 2, Mini Cooper Hatchback.