The sixth round of the Redline Time Attack took place in the hot California desert. It was called the “Liberty Grand Prix” and it took place on America’s birthday, July 4.
Despite the fact that it was like the surface of the sun outside, a gusty wind helped keep the temperatures from climbing into the 100-degree range. The intense heat had a big impact on the cars that were competing on the track.
The time attack cars were sprayed with water and packed with ice before their runs in an effort to keep them cool and some were even running without hoods and bumpers.
Saturday’s practice session and Circuit Battles went flawlessly. Most of the fans withstood the tremendous heat in order to watch film star Paul Walker take his supercharged BMW E92 M3 around the track. With 500 horsepower on tap, Walker’s road car did battle with an ABF Performance Mini Cooper S.
One would think that the M3 driven by Walker would dominate the Mini, but if you look deeper, you will discover that this is no ordinary Mini. Under the hood of the Cooper S is a 650 horsepower motor that allows the car to run the quarter mile in 10 seconds. Needless to say, it beat Walker with sub 1:30 times.
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The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California played host to the Redline Time Attack event over the weekend, and by all accounts, it was a pretty exhilirating racing weekend for both participants and spectators alike.
Over 92 cars came out for this RTA, making this event the one with the largest turnout of any RTA weekend this season. One of the highlights of the entire event was the Super Session, the RTA’s five-lap race that’s open for any car that meets the event’s safety requirements. Despite the pretty short race, the Super Session featured tons of action with an abundance of scintillating overtaking and wheel-to-wheel racing. The cars may not have the legs of Formula One race cars, but in terms of pure, unadulterated racing, the Super Session had so much of it and more.
In addition to the Super Session, last weekend’s RTA also featured its very first Showcase car show, a collection of some of the weekend’s most finely-machines. Given the pretty short lead-up time to promote the car show - only two weeks were given to spread the word out - organizers were surprised to see that over 100 cars still made it to the show, a number that was supposedly well out-of-reach for the event. The surprising success of the Showcase car show relative to the time that was given to prepare for it has the folks from RTA feeling optimistic and confident that the next time around, shooting for 300 car participants for the Showcase car show wouldn’t that much of a stretch.
The entire event was successful on so many levels its hard for us to miss out the next Redline Time Attack event at the Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamund, California on July 2-4. So if you happen to be in the area during Independence Day weekend, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a more exciting holiday racing experience than the one that will take place in the area courtesy of Redline Time Attack.
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Photo credit: Larry Chen