Formation of the Class 3 Cup Announced!
In an effort to provide an affordable and competitive playing field for the die-hard "short wheel-base, production 4x4" off-road racers," a new platform has been created by the racers, for the racers. Vehicles such as Jeeps, Blazers, Ramchargers, Broncos, Toyota FJs and others will be competing head-to-head in this exciting new series.
The famous and historical Mint 400 (March 27-30) has been chosen as the first race for the Class 3 Cup (www.themint400.com). The second race will be the Best in the Desert Vegas-to-Reno (August 21-23). The Board will vote on which other races to add to the series.
Eleven racers, including winners of nine previous Baja 1000's make up the initial Board of Directors and will vote on various items such as race schedules, membership fees, and whose rules to endorse.
Some of the notable families involved in the Class 3 Cup are the legendary Pike family (three Baja 1000 wins) and the team of Don Moss and crew, who were Class 3 Champions in SCORE from 2002 through 2006 and have garnered an amazing 25 class wins. "The Cup adds some incentive for the racers because it creates an additional pool of money to compete for," says Don. Several companies have already signed up as sponsors for the Class 3 Cup, and a "series" sponsor is being sought as well.
Chris Raffo, who has competed in numerous racing events across the country, likes the additional competition: "The Class 3 Cup provides the best opportunity to field a competitive group of racers". Due to the number of races being offered by various promoters today, it is difficult to field a large group of Class 3 racers at any given race. The Class 3 Cup helps align the racers and bring them together at the same races.
"It's about getting the most racing for our dollar", says Ken Leavitt, a Board-member who has been racing his Ford Bronco since 2001 and was the 2007 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge winner. "Having some races close to home with reasonable entry fees sounds pretty appealing!"
Every dollar the Class 3 Cup takes in will be returned to the racers or used to further promote the series. Also, The winner of the beautiful Class 3 Cup will have his or her name engraved permanently on the trophy, and will be in possession of The Cup for one year, until handing it over to the 2009 Cup winner!