With the cooperation of the US Formula Vee and Canadian F1200 communities, the new series will feature the popular and affordable single-seat vehicles. All competitors with valid SCCA or CASC racing licenses can participate.
The five-event schedule kicks off May 2 & 3 at the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, located east of Toronto, Ontario. The series heads east along Hwy. 401 to Shannonville Motorsports Park for its second of two Canadian dates, July 18 & 19 at the Belleville, Ontario-area road course.
Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Wampum, PA) plays host to Challenge Cup Series' first US event, on July 31 & August 1. The following weekend, the tour resumes in eastern Pennsylvania at Pocono Raceway. The championship will be settled August 29 & 30 on the Thunderbolt Course at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, NJ.
"A lot of time and effort has been put into this series, on both sides of the border, to make the new Challenge Cup Series a reality, said Canadian F1200 Series president Noel Brigido. "The goal is to bring new blood to the series and create a tour in which Canadian and American F1200 and Formula Vee racers can compete at some of the best racetracks in the world."
According to Brigido, a total of $10,000 in points fund cash will be on the line as a result of sponsorship from Rochester, NY-based Complemar Partners Inc. and International Insulation Products, which has manufacturing locations in Atlanta and Orlando.
Speaking about his company's participation in the new series and the inspiration for it, Complemar CFO Robert DePalma said, "We looked toward the F1200 series that has run successfully in Canada for many years. It's a series that has brought cost control to racing, focusing on driver talent. The new series has worked with organizers to guarantee single class racing at each event. As of this point, we have commitments from over 30 cars and drivers to participate."
Ray Carmody, representing the participating American competitors, said, "The new Challenge Cup Series has been able to team up with Formula Race Promotions to secure two Pro Series races (at PIRC and NJMP), which will allow the drivers to showcase their skills in front of a larger audience. We also feel it may entice younger drivers to participate, who might want to use the Challenge Cup as a ladder to eventually compete in F1600, F2000 and beyond."
From the F1200 Drivers Association