2017 Motor State Challenge... Three Days Of Serious Car Fun!

Motor State Challenge

2017 Motor State Challenge

9th Annual Motor State Challenge, Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Open Event!

The 9th Annual Motor State Challenge is July 20th-22nd, 2017. It's one of the coolest Pro-Touring/G-Machine events in the country. From beginners to seasoned veterans, the Motor State Challenge offers a class for you to compete.

The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a round-trip cruise complete with cruise-in car show and dinner at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN. Friday's track event will take place at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, MI where participants will have the opportunity to run their cars in a safe and controlled environment. The event wraps up on Saturday with Autocross action at The Tire Rack in South Bend, IN.

Rules And Guidelines (77k PDF)

Optima Ultimate Street Car Rules (Drive USCA Site)

Thursday, July 20th
Location: Fairfield Inn/Surfari Joe's
8258 Arnt Blvd., Watervliet, MI 49098 (Across the highway from Lane)
9:00 AM - Check-In Opens (Fairfield Inn)
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Drivers/Participant Meeting (Hotel Meeting Room)
3:00 PM - Cruise Departs (Fairfield Inn, approx. 60 miles)
5:00 PM to ? - Cruise-In Car Show, Dinner At Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, IN

Friday, July 21st GingerMan Raceway Road Course
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM - MSC/SCCA Staff Meeting
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Track day at GingerMan Raceway Road Course

Saturday, July 22nd Autocross, Tire Rack (South Bend, IN)
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM - MSC/SCCA Staff Meeting
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM - Registration, Drivers Meeting, and Course Walk
9:30 AM - First Car on Autocross

Entry Fees
Note: Discount rate (Complete Event Pass) applies to participants competing the entire weekend for the Motor State Challenge.
Thursday - Cruise, T-Shirt, Car Show, and Dinner - $30 (a la carte)
Friday - Gingerman Track Day - $150 (a la carte)
Saturday - Autocross - $50 (a la carte)
Complete Event Pass (Per Person) - $180 (Package)


2016 Motor State Challenge

Motor State Challenge!

Winner Danny King 2016 Motor State Challenge Winner Chris Jacobs Winner Kyle Tucker Winner Tom McBride

We have posted the remaining pictures for a total of almost 2,000! They are on our Photo Galleries page and on Flickr (same pictures but larger on Flickr). See the links below.

Photo Gallery Page

flickr  MS Challenge Pics

The eighth annual Motor State Challenge once again saw Pro-Touring competitors travel to southwest Michigan for the three days of cruising and competition. Entrants throughout the United States continue to make this event a must attend destination for performance enthusiasts.

Along with the excitement of turning laps during the Friday track session at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan and the Saturday autocross competition at Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana, the event also featured a Thursday evening forty-mile cruise. The ride featured an escort from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department that concluded at Mahogany Outfitters, a wooden boat museum in Cassopolis, Michigan and featured a made from scratch dinner prepared by Lakeview Diner, a 50s style diner built in the heart of the museum.

Another big hit of the Challenge was the Royal Purple and Quickcar sponsored ice cream social after the track sessions on Friday. It was the perfect way to cool down after a long day at the track as hotter than normal temperatures were blasting the area.

At the conclusion of the event on Saturday, the awards presentation featured a variety of custom labeled selections from Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Michigan. See below for full list of results.

Overall seventy competitors competed in both phases of the competition as well as the cruise. 

The 2016 edition of the Motor State Challenge was sponsored in part by: Motor State Distributing, Lane Automotive, Allstar Performance, Quickcar, Tire Rack, Detroit Speed, Ridetech, Pro-Touring G-Machines, Optima Batteries, Lateral G, Aeromotive, Holley, Royal Purple, Aeroquip, ARP, Wilwood, Magnaflow, Autometer, Russell, MSD Performance, Edelbrock, Hedman Headers, K&N, Air Lift, B&M, C&R Racing Products, Hooker Headers, Centerforce, Weld Racing, Painless, Hawk Performance and Maxima Racing Oils.

Once again a special thanks goes to the South Bend Region of the SCCA for all the support and hard work ensuring the track day and the autocross competitions were safe as well as fun for everyone involved.

2016 Motor State Challenge Results

Vintage Class

Champion: Danny King - #76 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (21 Points)
2nd Place: Larry Woo – #77 1968 Chevrolet Camaro (21 Points)
3rd Place: Mark Stielow – #69 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (19 Points)

Late Model Class

Champion: Chris Jacobs – #1 2001 Chevrolet Corvette (25 Points)
2nd Place: Erik Vandermey – #50 2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R (13 Points)
3rd Place: Randy Johnson – #29 2002 Chevrolet Corvette (13 Points)

Manufacturers Vintage Class

Champion: Kyle Tucker (Detroit Speed) #4 1970 Chevrolet Camaro (23 Points)
Champion: Chris Smith (Ridetech) - #48 Chevrolet Corvette (23 Points)
3rd Place: Ramey Wormer (UMI Performance) #24 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (15 Points)

Manufacturers Late Model Class

Champion: Tom McBride (Ridetech) - #16 Chevrolet Corvette (21 Points)
2nd Place: David Schardt (Forgeline) - #94 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (21 Points)
3rd Place: John Fehring (Hoosier Performance) - #52 2000 Pontiac Trans-AM (17 Points)

(Tie Breaker is determined by Autocross Times)

Congratulations to All!

Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite and
Spirit of the Event Winner

Erik Vandermey – #50 2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R

Additional Motor State Challenge Awards

Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: Chris and Lynda Jacobs '01 Corvette and  '66 Chevelle SS
Long Distance Award: Kenny Edwards #18 – 1966 Ford Mustang
People's Choice Award: Erik Vandermey - #50 2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R

Fastest Lap Awards
GingerMan Vintage:
Mark Stielow #69 – 1:38.192 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
GingerMan Late Model: Chris Jacobs #1 – 01:37.015 2001 Chevrolet Corvette
GingerMan Mfg. Vintage: Kyle Tucker #4 – 01:38.402 – (Detroit Speed) 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
GingerMan Mfg. Late Model: David Schradt #94 – 01:40.921 (Forgeline) 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Autocross Vintage: Danny King #76 – 37.826 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Autocross Late Model: Chris Jacobs #1 – 37.268 2001 Chevrolet Corvette
Autocross Mfg. Vintage: Chris Smith #48 – 37.397 – (Ridetech) Chevrolet Corvette
Autocross Mfg. Late Model: Jim McKamey #25 – 36.477 (Hoosier Performance) 2002 Chevrolet Corvette

All Results/Stats PDF's

GingerMan Results (522KB PDF)

Autocross Results (66KB PDF)


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