Historic Sportscar Racing cars and competitors in great number are returning to one of America’s premier road courses for the second time this season. This weekend’s HSR Fall Historics at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta features a full weekend of competition on the 2.54-mile road course northeast of Atlanta, launching a three-race stretch run that includes some of HSR’s most popular events and venues to close out the 2022 season.
While the Fall Historics will feature a full slate of HSR sprint, endurance and feature races, venerable front-wheel-drive Minis will be in the spotlight with a full field set for the Can-Am Mini Challenge race. Introduced in 2008, the Can-Am Mini Challenge brings together drivers from Canada and the U.S. piloting classic racing Minis from the early 1960s on up plus a variety of similar small-bore “specials” that share the unmistakable Mini DNA.
Past Can-Am Mini Challenge events have been held at Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and other legendary venues. All competing Minis run “A-Series” engines and are required to be genuine race cars with logbooks and proper safety equipment.
The door is also open for A-series powered variations of the Mini, including one eye-catching Unipower that is sure to be a favorite of race fans and competitors alike: Kelly Wittenauer has entered a rare 1968 Unipower GT, which is a Mini-powered special. Of the 73 Unipower GTs built, only six left the factory fully race-prepared. Competition models were factory built to full race specifications with additional chassis bracing, four-wheel disc brakes and rose-jointed suspension.
Only four of the six original cars survive, and Wittenauer’s example is one of only two in the USA.
In addition to Saturday and Sunday Mini Feature Races, the packed HSR schedule of Atlanta Fall Classic events includes two B.R.M. Chronographes Enduro Challenges and the WeatherTech Sprints races for all run groups in the standard Saturday/Sunday doubleheader format.
The Feature Race lineup includes Friday’s weekend-opening HSR Stoner Car Care Global GT and SascoSports International/American Challenge sprints that run back-to-back starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
The one-hour B.R.M. Enduros are home to specific and period-matching groups of race cars. Saturday’s Historic, Prototype and GT Modern (GTM) B.R.M. race at 3:30 p.m. EDT showcases race cars from primarily this century. Sunday morning’s Vintage and GT Classic (GTC) B.R.M. race at 8:10 a.m. EDT features a variety of sports cars and GT machines from the 1960s and ’70s.
Friday’s Sasco Sports race is a production-car showcase of big-bore American iron going head-to-head with top sports cars from Europe and beyond. The flat-out sprint has competitors racing for the overall win in addition to top-three honors in the International, American and Porsche classes.
The popular HSR Stoner Car Care Global GT race Friday showcases contemporary but retired GT racing machines while the Classic RS Cup rekindles the thrill of the original 1970’s International Race of Champions (IROC) Porsche series. The Classic RS Cup sprint concludes Saturday’s race schedule with a green flag at 4:40 p.m. EDT.
The Fall Historics is the final race before the eighth running of the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, the classic 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway, Nov. 2-6.
The Daytona will be followed by its “HSR Classics” sister event, the seventh annual HSR Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network, which closes out the 2022 HSR racing season on the legendary Sebring airport circuit, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.
The HSR Classics events at Daytona and Sebring share the card each weekend with the Historics races that will see all season-long HSR championships decided on two of the most legendary circuits in the country.
For more information on the HSR season-ending trio of races in the Southeast, click HERE.