There are plenty of endurance races available to anyone who wants to race $500 junkyard relics. There are also some endurance races available to drivers who want to race million-dollar prototypes. But the options are pretty limited for those who want to race something in between, blogs Stephen Cox.
Enter the World Racing League. Now beginning its third season of operation, the WRL boldly goes where no series has gone recently... into the mid levels of amateur endurance racing. The series offers a full 15-race schedule and racing from coast to coast at some of the finest venues on the continent including Circuit of the Americas, Mid Ohio, Virginia International Raceway and Texas World Speedway.
The WRL's power-to-weight classing system makes the series affordable, yet clearly more professional various $500 racing series. The WRL is open to experienced drivers and those who have passed an approved driver's course. The result is the cleanest, contact-free racing this author has ever experienced.
For those who want to spend more, the premier class features race-prepped Porsche Boxsters and 944s, and several less expensive but very competitive Corvettes and BMW M-series machines. The GP1 cars are frequently driven by some of the best amateur drivers in the country as well as professionals like former Indycar regular and Daytona 24-hour champ, Ross Bentley.
“We're requiring a little bit more seat time, a little bit more experience from (the $500 budget racers) before those guys come over. And again, it's all for safety... but there's absolutely a place for them. There's a number of folks racing in (the $500 budget series) who really love endurance racing, but there's really not an established endurance series that's the next step up, or the next level. And that's what we created. We're stepping the game up a little bit.”
Future plans include a national championship race at a premier track as well as full slate of 24-hour race events. Todd said, “We're trying to give everybody a world-class endurance racing experience but still keep it on an amateur's budget.”
Stephen Cox is a racer and co-host of TV coverage of Mecum Auctions (NBCSN), sponsored by: http://www.boschett-timepieces.com/ http://www.mcgunegillengines.com/