Chump Car…Low cost racing with big time thrills
Do you and your friends want to go road racing but the cost of that mega dollar race car just isn’t in the future?
Well consider the new racing craze “ChumpCar”. These cars usually can be built for under $2000 and can provide all the thrills and action of the big guys without the huge layout. The series races at all the famous tracks such as Mosport (CTMP) Calabogie, St. Estachue and others. If you want to up the schedule you can race across the USA and experience all the great historical tracks there. According to ChumpCar Canada owners Sal and Wendy Sanfilipo, these cars car must be valued at less than $500 as assessed by the general market, not what you paid for it. Of course this does not include the mandated safety equipment which can cost up to approximately $1500 like the safety rollcage, belts, fire suppression etc. The drivers must also be outfitted with current safety equipment as outlined in the rule book. You don’t need a special racing licence but, participating in a mandatory course prior to your first event is necessary, but that’s it! The races range from 7 hour to 36 hour endures and that’s a LOT of tracktime!! So, a minimum of 3 drivers would be required for most events but bring the whole gang and share in the fun. Take turns as crew and driver. These events take good planning by each team and treat it like you’re in the 24Hr of Le Mans! The best and most careful car preparation, driving and strategies will win! The main thing is that you can get out there, hone your driving skills and have a lot of fun. If you want to know more, go to: www.chumpcarcanada.com for rules, schedules and all the good stuff about the series. You can even drop by and chat with Sal and Wendy at their business which is Standard Auto Glass in Orangeville, providing automotive glass repairs, Ontario emission testing and auto accessories. They are located at 324 Broadway in Orangeville, Ontario.
Written by Perry M. Mason Photos courtesy of Brian Graham Photography