Spectators and car clubs are welcome to attend ($5.00 per person) what will be a perfect preview to Grand-Am's first event at the famed Georgia circuit one week later.
Those who attend even even get a chance to parade their road cars on the track each day and attend a free, fun and informative track safety talk with the drivers presented by former GM Racing Group Manager Don Taylor and Stand 21 Racewear's Racing Goes Safer foundation.
Headlining is the US GT Championship (USGTC), a multi-class series open to all high-end, high-horsepower GT cars and presented at Road Atlanta by Kirco Precision Tool.
Unlike Grand-Am or the American Le Mans Series where the maximum output of all cars is strictly controlled, the USGTC has an Unlimited class allowing for completely unrestricted engines and machinery, such as the wild 700hp+ purple Viper Competition Coupe of reigning GT-Unlimited champion Jim Stout.
Countering a strong contingent of Vipers will be Corvettes from both the SpeedSouth and MTI Racing stables as well as USLED Racing's Ron Farmer, who will have a new GT-2 rival in Harry Blazer's Porsche.
Additionally Road Atlanta marks the first rounds of the 2013 SRT Viper Cup for spec Viper ACR-X cars. With thousands in cash and prizes on the line, expect fierce battles between the likes of Dan Knox, Eric Galerne and Canada's Louis-Philippe Montour as they charge through the field.
Many of these drivers will also take part in the event's first race, Friday afternoon's GT90 Enduro. Joining them for the 1.5 hour long race featuring a mandatory pitstop will be Georgia resident's David Richardson (Corvette) and Ricky Sanders (Chevrolet Camaro), Mark Pfeffer's twin-turbo Lotus Esprit, and the BMW M3 of Daniel Rogers.
More American muscle, boosted imports and European exotics will be put to the test as the East Coast's top time-attack pilots take on Road Atlanta in the Whelen US TimeTrial Championship, presented by Corvette specialists MTI Racing.
Phil Grabow and Element Tuning's monstrous 500hp+ Subaru STi will be a formidable force, as will R U Faster Than a Redneck TV show contestant Jeremy Rohrs in his SouthSidePerformance Nissan GT-R.
Expect the father and son team of Troy and T.J. Messer and fellow Vette drivers Mike Perkins and Mike Howard to join them at the top of timesheets.
However, there will be a number of others trying to steal the limelight including former NFL superstar Dez White (Porsche 911 Turbo), Rick MacPherson (Nissan GT-R), Daniel Raver (Subaru STi WRX), Keith Procuik (Dodge Viper), and Michael Oromaner (Mitsubishi Evo X) just to name a few.
Some of the most spectacular racing of the weekend is likely to come from the new Radical Cup prototype sportscar series. Already a worldwide phenomenon, the Radical Cup is quickly gaining momentum in the United States after its inaugural race weekend just two weeks ago at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah. Joining SR8 and SR3 point leaders Gerhard Watzinger and John Falb, new entrants will make up over half the field at Road Atlanta.
Another highlight of this weekend's event will be the social functions for the drivers, their teams, friends and family. ANCO Fine Cheese, one of America's leading distributors and marketers, is supplying specialty cheese for Friday's Welcome Party at the track, while Saturday Night's Banquet features a number of guest speakers including Craig R. Kohrs, Vice President and General Manager of CORSA Performance Exhausts, who recently announced a generous contingency program for both the US GT Championship and Whelen US TimeTrial Championship series.
On-track action commences Friday with practice for all series, with the Road Atlanta GT90 race starting at 3:30pm. Saturday and Sunday's competition begins with the Whelen USTTC at 8:45am. Visit NARRAonline.com for a complete schedule.
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2013 NARRA Event Calendar
Feb 15-17 Texas World Speedway - College, TX
Apr 12-14 Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA
Jul 12-14 Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA
Aug 16-18 Pitt Race (formally Beaver Run) - Wampum, PA
Sep 6-8 Monticello Motor Club - Monticello, NY
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