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Grassroots Motorsports UTCC Highlights StopTech Superiority
by Frank A. Filipponio | Jul 30, 2012

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A field of more than 50 entrants threw down the gauntlet at last weekend’s Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.

The annual slugfest, now in its sixth year, is a hot-lap showdown thrown by Grassroots Motorsports magazine to determine who has the fastest track car in the country - and StopTech was there, both as a sponsor and as a competitor.

Several top finishers run StopTech or Power Slot equipment, from the top performer and
World Challenge driver Mike Skeen (see video above), to the fastest four-cylinder and awd entrant from Turn In Concepts, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI driven by Tony Wiesenhahn, who bettered his 2011 time by more than 2 seconds in part due to his change to StopTechs. That time was good enough for third overall.

The UTCC invites a mix of professionally prepared and enthusiast-built race cars to compete against each other on VIR’s fast full course for bragging rights as the “ultimate,” but there’s even more at stake here: The winners will be featured in the pages of Grassroots Motorsports magazine.

Along with the chance at fame, competitors at the July 22 event also vied for thousands of dollars in cash awards, prizes and special trophies from

StopTech, Powerslot, Hoosier Tire, BimmerWorld, Corvette Central Performance, Exedy Racing Clutch, and Kenny Brown Performance.


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Although the NASA-sanctioned track event uses a simple “run whatcha brung” approach that discards the usual complicated race classes for a more straightforward shooting match, the UTCC is nevertheless a world-class competition. This year’s running attracted racers from various series, including the Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Wars, Grand-Am, NASA and the SCCA Club racing ranks.



Reese Cox 2006 MTI Racing Chevy Z06 Wing-GM-V8 Thunder The cars on track were able to record some truly amazing lap times, despite record-high temperatures, with seven of them shattering the elusive 2-minute barrier. Once the day was done, Skeen's Corvette stood atop the time sheets with a 1:54.633.

HSMWorks driver Frank Lussier took a solid second overall, with a 1:157.100 in a production-based Viper Comp Coupe, followed by Wiesenhahn, who took the last step on the podium.

The entire story of the 2012 Ultimate Track Car Challenge will appear in the November 2012 issue of

Grassroots Motorsports.

You can get that issue by getting it as a trial issue of

Grassroots Motorsports here:

Source: Grassroots Motorsports


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