Event Information

Miles Ahead is pleased to partner with Genius Garage to bring the MINI Challenge to Hilliard, OH on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This exhilarating autocross competition puts drivers behind the wheel of identical, turbocharged MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops. Engineered by BMW, these 228 horsepower, British built MINIs deliver exhilarating performance, but are docile enough for drivers of all ability levels. No previous racing or performance driving experience is required.

Genius Garage is an Ohio-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides motivated college engineering students with hands-on experience preparing race cars for competition and building and maintaining high performance road cars. Proceeds from this fundraising event will help Genius Garage achieve its mission. Its founder, race car driver and social media influencer, Casey Putsch, will post a target time prior to your session. You'll get to take your best shot to see if you can beat him!

You can choose to compete either as an individual or as part of a 3-person team. You will get three sessions of three runs each for a total of nine timed laps. There is a break between your 3-lap sessions to debrief with your teammates and watch other drivers set their times. Individuals and teams are ranked in real time throughout the day. Final team standings are determined by adding the best lap time of each of the team's drivers from both, 3-lap sessions. Rankings are displayed at the event and are also accessible on your smart phone, allowing you to keep track of your position in the standings throughout the day. Participation takes approximately two hours.

Charity Information

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Genius Garage, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was created to bridge the gap from academia to industry, giving students with spark an opportunity to grow and prove their worth to potential employers. This gives them the best possible transition from the academic world to their professional careers. Industry stands to benefit from from hiring the Genius Garage team members as they posses more than academic technical knowledge, but the personal and behavioral traits as well as the styles of thinking that make them valuable members of any team as well as the leaders of tomorrow.


Choose one of the following options:

  • Pay $60 registration fee and fundraise (min $600)
  • Pay one-time registration fee of $750
  • 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


Britton Parkway, Hilliard, Washington Township, Ohio, 43002, United States

Event Sponsors

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken?

There is a mask wearing executive order in place by the Gila River Indiana Community, on whose property Wild Horse Pass Motorspotrs Park is located. No one will be allowed at the event without wearing a mask. The MINI Challenge is a low density, outdoor event with ample room for social distancing. Participant capacity is 24 people in each session during the day. 6 of the 24 people will be in cars at any given time, leaving only 18 remaining participants in an expansive outdoor waiting area. The cars’ windows and sunroofs will be open during the event for maximum fresh air circulation. Hand sanitizer and high-grip disposable gloves will be available for all participants. Masks will also be available to anyone who has not brought his or her own mask to wear. Waste receptacles will be placed for the safe disposal of masks and gloves.

What are my financial obligations by registering and what is your cancellation policy?

If you are unable to participate after registering, you must inform us at least two weeks prior to the event in order to receive a full refund of your registration fee. No refunds will be given two weeks or less prior to the event, but you may name a substitute driver to take your place. If you elect to register a 3-person team, the portion of the team registration fee for any team member is non-refundable unless we receive notice of cancellation at least two weeks prior to the event date. You may name a substitute driver for anyone on your team, however, at any time, including on the day of the event. To inform us of any changes to your registration or to name a replacement driver, please email us at info@bemilesahead.net.

What if it rains on the event date?

The event will be run rain or shine.

Are there any prizes for winning?

Just bragging rights!

How can I access the final event results?

Event results are updated in real time during the event and accessible at our timing & scoring site: https://bemilesahead.net/livet... The event results will stay on this site until we conduct our next event, which is currently scheduled for early March, 2021.

Event Rules & Requirements

You will register for one of five sessions scheduled during the day.

The event capacity is 72 drivers.

The winning individual driver is the one with the lowest lap time. Each driver's best, single lap is used to calculate final individual standings. The winning team is determined by adding together the best (lowest) single lap time of each driver on each team to determine its team score. The team with the lowest score is the winner.

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 or otherwise behaving in a manner detrimental to the conduct of a safe and enjoyable event for the rest of the participants.