Like a flashback to a time when Detroit steel dominated the world; Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers will all be represented in the season-ending Bosch Engineering Oktoberfest race this weekend in Richmond VA. All three of these modern pony cars compete in the series’ Grand Sport class, a group that includes cars that have only been minimally modified to 350-405 horsepower and top out at 160 mph. Unlike most other racing, the opportunity to see a car that is very much like one from the factory being put through its paces is more than a little satisfying.
The Koni Challenge Sports Car Series is the headlining event at Virginia International Raceway this weekend. Friday is a free practice day, with Qualifying happening after Practice on Saturday morning. Sunday will open practice in the morning with an open paddock, pit stop demonstrations, and other fan activities throughout the day. The four hour race will then begin at twelve noon. Fans are encouraged to attend and visit the team’s paddock to meet the drivers and crew.
Although Mustangs have competed in this event since 2001, the Challenger and Camaro have returned this year after nearly three decades away for the Dodge and seven for Chevy. Not to be overlooked, this triad of American muscle will face serious competition from the German manufacturers as well. The reigning KONI Challenge Champion Ford Mustang will attempt to repeat against the BMW M3 and Porsche 997. In fact, Ford is trailing BMW who hold the lead in the Manufacturer’s Championship standings by two points after both of their M3s finished on the podium two weeks ago in Utah.