Willow Springs preview 2003-05-22

Rosamond, CA. While Indianapolis sees the "The Greatest Specatacle In Racing", Southern California will feature it's own super race weekend as hundreds of road racers converge onto Willow Springs Raceway. Hosted by the National Autosport ...

Rosamond, CA. While Indianapolis sees the "The Greatest Specatacle In Racing", Southern California will feature it's own super race weekend as hundreds of road racers converge onto Willow Springs Raceway. Hosted by the National Autosport Association, five Race Groups will be featured representing over 20 different classes of racing. And with the added benefit of local television coverage, the turnout is promising to be huge.

Group A: FranAm Challenge cars. These are F3 type carbon fiber monocoque race cars with sequential gearboxes, Renault powerplants, and large budget teams. This series also runs support for CART and ALMS. Watch the F1 and Champ Car stars of tomorrow battle it out.

Group B: American Iron, Camaro Mustang Challenge, Viper Corvette Challenge, Factory Five Challenge. Production based muscle cars at their best! With the rise in popularity of the American Iron series, teams are spending huge dollars on these monster race cars. American Iron brings back the days of TransAm racing where the cars represented the ultimate evolution of a street based car. Camaro Mustang Challenge races will continue the popular American debate of GM vs Ford. The newly formed Viper Corvette Challenge will pit exotic muscle against each other. And for those who love the sight of vintage muscle, the Factory Five Challenge features Shelby Cobra replicas battling it out.

Group C: American Stockcar Challenge and ProTrucks are NASA's fastest fendered cars. For the past four rounds, this series has proven itself to be the most spectacular show of the weekend. If you enjoy watching the Winston Cup races at Sears Point and Watkins Glenn, then you'll love ASC. This series features NASCAR style stockcars and race trucks powered by identical engines and tires. This series features drivers with backgrounds in professional series' as NASCAR's Southwest Tour, Winston West, SCCA's World Challenge and TransAm, FIA Sportscars, Amateur Porsche Cup Racing, Viper Challenge, and even WKA karting. The term Rubbin' Is Racin' holds true in this group as three car abreast battles are a common sight. Feel the ground shake?

Group D: Spec Miata Challenge, Honda Challenge West, Nissan SE-R Challenge, Pro Sedan, Pro-7, Super Unlimited, Renault Sport Racers, 944-Spec, and all others. Sometimes smaller is better... For those who like their race cars small and nimble this group features some of the best in small bore race cars. Spec Miata Challenge pits identically prepared Miatas against each other. Honda Challenge West features 4 classes of race prepared Hondas in an all out battle. Watch Nissan SE-R's battle it out. Pro Sedan features modified sport compact cars such as: Datsun 240Z's, Mazda RX7's, and Porsche 914's. Identically prepared first generation Mazda RX7's battle in Pro7. Exotic sportscars with unlimited modifications (and budgets!) wow the crowds in Super Unlimited. The Renault powered sports racers show lightweight agility in Spec Racer Renault and Porsche power comes to town with the 944-Spec class.

Group E: Multiple classes of BMW race cars battle each other in the North American Bavarian Racing series.

Willow Springs Raceway is located just 10 miles North of Lancaster, CA. From the Interstate 5 fwy, take the Hwy 14 North past Lancaster and exit on Rosamond Blvd. Head West about 5 miles until you see the gates to the track on the right side. Admission is free to spectators, and $10 for a paddock pass good for both days. Gates open at 8am.

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