World Challenge notes 2001-09-04

BMWS GET HEAVIER: SCCA Pro Racing has imposed a 100 lb. weight penalty on Speedvision Touring Car Championship BMW 323, 325 and 328 teams, effective immediately. "The six cylinder, larger displaced BMWs are difficult to balance with the smaller...

BMWS GET HEAVIER: SCCA Pro Racing has imposed a 100 lb. weight penalty on Speedvision Touring Car Championship BMW 323, 325 and 328 teams, effective immediately.

"The six cylinder, larger displaced BMWs are difficult to balance with the smaller four-cylinder engines because of their torque," said Speedvision World Challenge Technical Director Gary Perry. "Adding weight will remove some of their advantage of being able to out-grunt the cars with less torque out of a corner."

BMWs have won the last two races and occupied half of the top-10 at Sears Point and 70 percent of it at Portland, the two most recent events.

MAZDA UPS THE ANTE FOR HOMETRACK RACE: Mazda has created a little more incentive for its teams and drivers for this weekend's Speedvision Touring Car race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

"I am pleased to announce that Mazda's Contingency Award Program payout levels for the upcoming Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car race at MRLS, September 8, have been substantially increased," said Steve Sanders, Mazda Manager of Competition Parts. "In an effort to bring Mazda it's first win the Speedvision Touring Car Series at this high profile event, all Protégé and 626 competitors will be eligible for contingency awards double the amount provided for the each of the other nine events during the season."

Already the most lucrative in the series, Mazda's contingency program will pay at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the following schedule: First: $12,000, second: $6,000, third: $4,000; fourth through 10th: $2,000.

HEMMINGSON SETS LAND SPEED RECORD: Speedvision Touring Car driver Chuck Hemmingson, of W. Des Moines, Iowa, set a Land Speed record for Class C modified mini pickups at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah August 14.

Normally the pilot of the No. 19 Patent It! Mazda Protégé ES in Touring Car racing, Hemmingson shattered the old mark of just over 175 mph by running 204.434 mph in a stock-bodied Ford Ranger.

While stock in appearance, the "Rocket Ranger" was powered by a Roush NASCAR Ford V8 motor. The all-Iowa effort was headed by SPAL Advanced Technologies and prepped by Bob Massey Racing, with input from Hemmingson, an aerospace engineer.

While it was Hemmingson's first Land Speed record, he is no stranger to going fast in production-based pickup trucks. He finished second in the 1989 SCCA Racetruck Challenge.

RULES CHANGES ON-TAP FOR 2002: Among the rules changes already approved for 2002 are:
* Bolt-In roll cages prohibited, except in aluminum frame constructed cars.
* Use of HANS device, de-accelerator device or neck collar is mandatory.
* Use of full-face helmet is mandatory.
* Seat belts must be replaced after five years from date of manufacture.
* NASCAR-style door bars are recommended on the driver's side.
* Carbon fiber clutches are not permitted.
* Current 107 dbA maximum sound level requirement will be maintained and enforced during 2002.

-SCCA/SCCA ProRacing-

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