Giant Steps MINI Challenge, Lisle, IL
Turbocharge your support of Giant Steps by participating in our first ever MINI Challenge "FundRacing" event! You'll let it rip on a challenging autocross course behind the wheel of an exhilarating MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop. 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 necessary.
2-time Indy 500 runner-up, Scott Goodyear, will conduct the drivers meeting and provide instruction via in-car radio during a low speed orientation lap of the course. You will then get three timed lapping sessions with breaks in between to debrief with your teammates. Scott will be available for additional coaching during the breaks. Upon completion of the timed laps, he will then take to the course to do a few timed laps of his own so that you can directly compare your laps times to those a high level, professional race car driver!
Participation takes approximately two hours. Individual standings are displayed in real time during the event. Standings are also accessible on your smart phone so that you can easily keep track of the action throughout the day no matter where you are.
$100 REGISTRATION RATE LIMITED TO FIRST 40 DRIVERS, THEN BECOMES $250
Since our inception in 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High and High School students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families and the community. Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism.
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.
No. Our cars have sport automatic transmissions with sport mode. Just put the car in "drive" and take off. We have found that this transmission, in sport mode, performs better than an expert driver shifting gears.
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.
No. If you would rather not raise funds from individual sponsors, you may elect to pay the one-time registration fee.
Once you register, you will be prompted to create your own profile page on this web site 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. It will also help to get the word out about Giant Steps!
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.
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.