Building upon the success of our rich heritage in motorsports, the MINI Motorsports Board at MINI USA is proud to present the MINI Motorsport Awards Program for 2010. Our proud tradition continues as MINIs have become well-acclimated in many forms of competitive racing while MINI enthusiasts continue to forge new paths into new motorsport arenas.
The MINI Awards program (by MINI USA) is specifically tailored to recognize the accomplishments of private MINI entrants in U.S. motorsport competition. Awards can be earned by placing in any of the series and classes highlighted in the attached sheet. Please review everything carefully as several changes have been made for 2010 within the SCCA that directly affect Cooper S owners as the car has been moved to D Stock (previously G Stock.) Note that payouts in Grand-Am have increased and Year End Championship bonuses have increased for all eligible road racing and drag racing events.
The MINI Awards program is open to all participants driving entries permitted by this program and specified in these regulations. Eligible vehicles include the 1959 – 2010 MINI Cooper/Cooper S Hardtops, 2005 - 2010 MINI Cooper/Cooper S Convertibles, the 2010 MINI Cooper/Cooper S Clubman and the factory-built 2009 - 2010 John Cooper Works models. Please check with your sanctioning body in regards to factory or dealer-installed JCW (John Cooper Works) kits on R53 models and how they fit in their respective classes.
Drivers must be holders of current competition licenses as required by the race organizers and sanctioning bodies for participation in their respective events. Permissible entries must consist of integral MINI vehicles with original MINI powertrains and cannot be a vehicle of other make or origin merely enhanced by MINI parts. Tube-chassis cars with the likeness of a MINI vehicle are permitted only in Drag Racing classes.
In order to be eligible for MINI Awards, entrants must be running at the finish and be deemed in compliance with post event technical inspections. “MINIUSA.com” must be prominently displayed in capital letters on both sides as well as centered on the front of the vehicle in a highly visible location.
All MINI race teams competing must provide MINI USA, a Division of BMW of North America, LLC with photographs of the team trailers, racecars and any other significant racing equipment that displays “MINI”, the “MINIUSA.com” logo or the “MINI Wings” logo. These items are created by the racer to best fit their car and are not supplied by MINI USA. Please forward digital pictures of the trailers, cars, etc. to Susan Lee at email@example.com along with your FIRST award submission or any subsequent submission where the paint or appearance of the car has changed or if you are using a different car. Please keep pictures under 100K in file size. MINI has the right to withhold all awards funds until this is provided and approved.
MINI USA reserves the right to withhold awards payments to teams that do not support MINI brand standards and values deemed appropriate by MINI. Cars, race suits, trailers and associated gear must not display any nude, obscene or offensive words, diagrams, drawing, images or abbreviated versions of the aforementioned or text or anything of a racist nature or purposely offensive messaging. Nor are any words or imagery deprecating the MINI or BMW brands allowed. Note that any use of the MINI trademarks is subject to review and must be displayed tastefully and appropriately. In the event race teams fail to do so, MINI USA reserves the right to withhold award payments. MINI USA is in direct contact with all racing sanctions and we will find out.
MINI USA is again sponsoring the USTCC with Contingency money for the 2010 season for any MINI placing 1st 2nd or 3rd.
1st - $2,000
2nd - $1,000
3rd - $750
Year end Championship Bonus is $5,000 MINI-USA will offer publicity support for USTCC Championship any podium finish.