Track Records Tumble
The 2023 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports was held this past weekend Sat/Sun Oct 14/15 2023 at the National Corvette Museum (NCM) in Bowling Green, KY. Thur. and Fri. were test days. This year the event was held in conjunction with the SCCA Time Trials Nationals. Car count was great with 171 entrants competing to have the fastest lap at the SCCA Time Trials Nationals.
The event saw nine new track records across classes.
It was announced at the awards ceremony that contracts were signed to have this event at NCM for the next several years.
We handed out the prize for Fastest Production Car ($250 cold hard cash plus a one time $100 promo code for use on our site). This award for Unlimited 1 went to Steve Luca driving a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. His time came in a blistering 2:02.759. This beats the previous track record held by Andy Pilgrim (GM factory driver) driving a 2019 McClaren Senna. Link to full article on that lap is here. Steve also took home a $1000 Gift Certificate from Tire Rack.
Steve Luca (center), with Devan Keeling (left) and Phillip Glass-Hess (right). Photo by Chris Tropea. Photo courtesy of https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/
Second overall was Justin Peachey competing in Max 1 (limited to 200 treadwear tires) in his 2007 Chevrolet Corvette with a time of 2:04.362.
Here’s the complete list of NCM track records:
- Unlimited 1: Steve Luca, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 2:02.759
- Unlimited 2: James Rauck, 1999 Honda Civic, 2:11.571
- Max 1: Justin Peachey, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, 2:04.362
- Max 2: David Marcus, 2020 Toyota Supra, 2:09.629
- Max 4: Josh Owens, 1995 Mazda Miata, 2:13.930
- Max 5: Nicholas Johnston, 2001 Mazda Miata, 2:19.369
- Tuner 2: Mark Sarcevicz, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette, 2:13.106
- Tuner 3: Lyle Zyra, 2022 Toyota GR86, 2:16.966
- Sport 4: Derek Secord, 2007 Honda S2000, 2:22.674
We were proud to partner with GRM for the 2023 UTCC
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