MINI USA announces financial support for MINI drivers competing in Grassroots Motorsports. To show support for privateers, MINI USA will award MINI race teams prize money for successful national grassroots-level motorsport competition in both Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) events. Owners now have an additional incentive to compete by being eligible to win up to $7,500 depending on their standing in each given series. Both the new MINI (2002+) and the classic MINI (1959+) body style are eligible for prize money.
"An excellent motorsport pedigree combined with the superb dynamics, make MINI an ideal choice for anyone who wants to drive competitively in sanctioned motorsport." said Jack Pitney, MINI general manager. "MINI offers a lot of bang for the buck to grassroots motorsport enthusiasts." "This is our way of saying, 'thank you' and encouraging MINI owners to 'get out there and give it a go'."
The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) announced that Toyo Tires has been selected as the spec tire for the series for the 2003 season. All USTCC cars shall race on the Toyo Proxes RA-1 tire. The competitors shall have a choice of 205/40-17 or 235/40-17 sizes.