Friday, August 3, 2012
NARRA Championships Still up for Grabs
by Tom Drewer
It’s not over yet. Two more race weekends before the finals means four more rounds. That’s enough for many to have a chance for the championship heading into Watkins Glen. For those coming into the series for the first time it’s a chance to make a mark on the 2012 season, especially with stand-alone NARRA World Championships up for grabs.
NARRA’s eight national class championships will be determined by the highest cumulative point score of a driver’s best six round results throughout the season plus the final double-points round at Watkins Glen.
That means to be in the best position for a title heading into Watkins Glen competitors will likely need scores from six rounds, or three weekends.
However, it’s the highest number of points from up to six rounds, so provided a driver runs at the Finals Weekend, they are eligible for one of the 24 first, second and third place national class championship trophies.
Put simply, all of the 103 drivers who already have at least two rounds to their name can easily gain an additional four rounds worth of points to catch up to the leaders by competing at Monticello and Texas World.
Then it’s game on, as the final double points race could bump almost anyone into the winners’ circle.
Even those who won’t have six rounds worth of points going into Watkins Glen still might find themselves walking away with a year-end trophy if their points tally is high enough.
In exactly three weeks NARRA’s next event at Monticello (August 24-26) will make dreams come true for many drivers– the private country club is one of the nation’s most exclusive tracks and this is one of the rare occasions that an outside group has been invited to use the facility.
And while the US Performance Driver Education program won't be at Monticello, 'solo' drivers can request a license upgrade to run in the Whelen US TimeTrial Championship that weekend.
Better still is the fact that Texas World Speedway (September 21-23) and the Finals Weekend at Watkins Glen (October 19-21) will both feature GT90 Endurance races on Friday, open to all GT cars.
But that’s not all. Sunday at Watkins Glen will give everyone a chance to go home with a World Championship title– meaning drivers will either add another title to their belt, redeem themselves after Saturday’s National Championship decider, or stamp their authority on the NARRA ranks on the final day of the 2012 season.
The NARRA GT Word Championship will consist of a stand-alone 30 minute sprint race, while the NARRA TT World Championship will use a ‘double-dual’ format of two sessions. World titles will be awarded to first, second and third of each of the GT and TT classes (Unlimited, 1, 2 & 3), putting another 24 trophies on the table.
The Watkins Glen event will also feature the final two rounds of the 2012 SRT Viper Cup Series.
Registration for Monticello is still open. Visit narraonline.com to enter.
To catch up with all the latest action from NARRA’s US GT Championship and Whelen US TT Championship watch the highlight videos at YouTube.com/NARRAonline.
2012 NARRA Schedule (including USGTC, Whelen USTTC, USPDE)
March 23-25 Inde Motorsports Ranch – Willcox, AZ
April 13-15 Road Atlanta – Braselton, GA (SRT Viper Cup, GT90 Enduro)
May 11-13 Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI (One Lap of America, SRT Viper Cup)
June 8-10 New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, NJ (F1000 Series)
July 6-8 Virginia International Raceway – Alton, VA (SRT Viper Cup)
Aug 24-26 Monticello Motor Club – Monticello, NY (SRT Viper Cup, No USPDE)
Sept 21-23 Texas World Speedway – College Station, TX
Oct 19-21 Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY (SRT Viper Cup)
NARRA has been America's home for high-end, high-performance cars for over 18 years, and solely focuses on GT styled sports cars. Catering to every skill level, from novice to pro, NARRA allows participants to rise through its own ranks, from the US Performance Driver Education program to the Whelen US TimeTrial and US GT championships. Many NARRA events also feature the SRT Viper Cup Series presented by Pennzoil Ultra. NARRA specializes in developing, sanctioning and operating racing series for car clubs and manufacturers. The competition at a NARRA event is only matched by the camaraderie. Weekends are extremely social, with Friday night welcoming parties and Saturday banquets.
The USPDE is a highly regarded driving school, as perfect for race track first-timers as it is for experienced track-day drivers. Classroom sessions teach informative curriculum, while instructors experienced with high-horsepower cars guide students around the track from the passenger seat. Many instructors are current or former semi-pro and pro racers.
Bridging the gap between driver-ed and wheel-to-wheel racing, the Whelen USTTC offers drivers a national time-trial championship with contingencies, trophies and exposure equal to any racing series. The series attracts top tuning houses and time-attack teams from across the country because of its high-level competition, and no-holds-barred unlimited class.
Fielding as many as 47 cars in 2011, the USGTC is rapidly becoming the largest high performance GT racing series in the USA. Amateur and semi-pro drivers race against the might of professional drivers and factory teams for glory, contingencies and exposure. Cars are placed in to four classes based on power-to-weight ratio, including an unlimited class allowing the country's fastest cars to compete.
Visit www.NARRAonline.com for more information.