By Martha Maglone
Before there was the Circuit of the Americas, there was Atlanta Motorsports Park. Built in 2010 in the foothills of the southern Appalachians in Dawsonville, Georgia, AMP is one of the lesser known creations from world-renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke. But, nevertheless, it played host to some inexpensive endurance shenanigans a few weeks ago.
In early November, 41 teams arrived at the new 2-mile Atlanta Motorsports Park for 14-hours of endurance racing. That alone would normally be quite a challenge, but this was for dirt cheap ChumpCars.
Not including the required safety equipment, roll-cage, racing seat, racing harness, etc. – ChumpCars must be valued at less than $500. This is the value assessed by the general market, not the amount paid for the car. Vehicles valued in excess of $500 are handicapped and as a consequence compete over a longer distance.
Putting this principle into practice was a team of Borg Warner engineers from Asheville, NC, driving a 1984 Mazda RX7. They finished in 22nd place and confirmed the event cost them $400 each, including all their traveling and racing expenses. Not bad for fourteen hours of racing!
During the last twelve minutes of racing, the two BMWs that had led the field and battled for most of the day collided along the front straight before reaching the tricky downhill braking area that is the approach to Turn One. As a consequence, Maxie Price’s Porsche 917 team claimed victory in ChumpCar’s debut event at the new track.
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