ClassicCars.com MINI Challenge to Benefit Youth Opportunity Foundation: Pontiac, MI
Get ready for the ride of your life! You and your teammates will compete against other drivers and teams in a thrilling autocross competition for top honors. We provide identical MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops for each participating driver. Engineered by BMW, these German engineered / British built cars deliver surprising performance, but are docile enough for drivers of all levels. No previous racing or performance driving experience is required.
After a low speed orientation lap of the course with instructions by a pro driver, you will get three, separate lapping sessions with breaks in between to debrief with your teammates. The best lap time of each team driver from all three sessions are added together to determine the fastest team of the day. Participation takes approximately two hours.
What if you were judged your whole life for a mistake you made as a teenager? Would your life be different if you were neglected or abused as a child? Can you imagine being so emotionally broken that you are incapable of functioning - because you were an innocent victim of a horrifying crime? The Youth Opportunity Foundation is dedicated to giving traumatized and victimized young people a second chance. By getting behind the wheel in this event, you will be helping a young person get his or her life back on track in order to become a successful adult. How could it get any better?
Choose one of the following options:
- Pay one-time registration fee of $750
- Pay $50 registration fee and fundraise (min $600)
- Pay 3-person team registration fee of $2,000
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- Session 1: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
- Session 2: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
- Session 3: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LocationM1 Concourse, Franklin Road, Pontiac, 48341, Michigan
Frequently Asked Questions
The MINI Challenge is a low density, outdoor event with ample room for social distancing. Participant capacity is 24 people in each of three different lapping sessions during the day. This is well under the CDC’s recommended guidelines for public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 6 of the 24 people will be in cars at any given time. The 18 remaining participants will await their turn to drive in an expansive outdoor waiting area. The cars’ windows and sunroofs will be open during the event for maximum fresh air circulation. Masks, hand sanitizer, and disposable gloves will be available for all participants wishing to use them. Waste receptacles will be placed for the safe disposal of gloves.
If you elect to register by paying a one-time fee, you will be obligated to pay that fee unless you cancel your participation at least three weeks prior to the event or name a substitute driver to take your place.
If you elect to register by paying the nominal registration fee and then solicit sponsors to fund the rest of your participation, you are responsible for delivering the amount of that pledge prior to the event. If you have not produced the pledge amount by the date of the event, you may still participate, but you will be responsible for making up the shortfall at on site check-in. If you have registered this way and you are unable to participate after registering, the donations of your sponsors are not refundable, but you may name a substitute driver to take your place any time up to the day of the event. You and / or your replacement driver are still responsible for delivering the pledge amount, however.
Once you register, you will have your own profile page to which you can add your photo and additional information for your prospective sponsors about your participation in the event. Your Profile page is where your sponsors can donate.
No, but if you elect not to have sponsors fund your participation you will be required to pay a $1,000 registration fee. The event is being held to raise funds for the Youth Opportunity Foundation. These registration fee options help ensure that sufficient funds will be raised to justify the work involved in organizing and conducting the event.
The event will be run rain or shine.
Event Rules & Requirements
The event capacity is 72 drivers (8 teams X 3 drivers each X three, 2-hour driving sessions).
You will register for one of three 2-hour driving sessions scheduled during the day.
The winning team is determined by adding together the best (lowest) single lap time of each driver and then factoring in time bonuses earned by overshooting the minimum fundraising goal.
Drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license.
Passengers are allowed, but must be at least 12 years of age.
No helmets or other driving equipment are required.
No alcohol will be served at the event.
Miles Ahead reserves the right to disqualify any participant that is judged to be driving in a reckless manner.