Motor State Challenge
Where Pro-touring Drivers Come to Have Fun
The 12th Annual Motor State Challenge will take place on July 16-18, 2020, The Motor State Challenge is a three-day Pro-Touring event that brings together as many as 100 drivers from across the US and Canada to compete for fun and bragging rights. Drivers can compete in standard and manufacturer Vintage and Late Model classes, as well as the new #goDRIVEit class, which is designed for drivers who drive their vehicle to the event, race it, then drive it home. There will continue to be the unscored Touring class for those wanting the on-track experience without the competitive pressure.
Thursday’s registration and kick-off meeting will take place at Lane Automotive headquarters in Watervliet, Michigan, followed by a scenic cruise through SW Michigan before returning to Watervliet. A delicious dinner will await the drivers upon their return, with a chance to enjoy great food and great conversation, as well as make any last-minute adjustments and preparations.
On Friday, drivers will take the track at South Haven’s GingerMan Raceway for timed lap sessions. This fun and scenic 1.88 road course provides a drivers with long straights, short sprints, sweeping curves, tight apexes, and changing elevations, all with open run-off areas and other features to help maximize driver safety.
On Saturday morning, the fun continues at GingerMan with the Tracksprint, where drivers get to experience the challenge of driving the course in the opposite direction in timed, single-lap sprints. The day wraps up with an awards ceremony and many fond farewells.
Check out our Flickr album with pictures from past events!
11th Annual Motor State Challenge Winners
Congratulations to our winning drivers of the 2019 Motor State Challenge! Below are the top 3 drivers in each class (In the event of a points tie, the faster TrackSprint time is the tie-breaker).
Champion: Brian Finch #71, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (45 Points)
2nd Place: Billy Utley #63, 1972 Chevrolet Nova (37 Points*)
3rd Place: Dan Ballard #72, 1972 Chevrolet Nova (37 Points*)
Late Model Class
Champion: Randy Johnson #29, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (43 Points)
2nd Place: Chris Jacobs #1, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette (41 Points)
3rd Place: Danny King #76, 2019 Porsche GT3 RS (39 Points)
Manufacturers Vintage Class
Champion: Matthew Braun #107 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (45 Points)
2nd Place: Tony Grzelakowski #170 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (39 Points*)
3rd Place: Sam Strano #41 (UMI Performance), 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (39 Points*)
Manufacturers Late Model Class
Champion: Ryan Matthews #4 (GearFX), 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (45 Points)
Fastest Lap Awards
Road Course Vintage: Brian Finch #71, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro [01:39.1]
Road Course Late Model: Chris Jacobs #1, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette [01:36.9]
Road Course Mfg. Vintage: Matthew Braun #107 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle [01:39.1]
Road Course Mfg. Late Model: Ryan Matthews #6 (Detroit Speed), 2000 Chevrolet Corvette [01:34.9]
TrackSprint Vintage: Brian Finch #71, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro [01:02.32]
TrackSprint Late Model: Randy Johnson #29, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 [00:59:95]
TrackSprint Mfg. Vintage: Matthew Braun #107 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle [01:00.05]
TrackSprint Mfg. Late Model: Ryan Matthews #6 (Detroit Speed), 2000 Chevrolet Corvette [00:58.97]
*In the event of a points tie, the faster TrackSprint time is the tie-breaker.
Additional Motor State Challenge Awards
Optima Ultimate Street Car/Spirit of the Event Award: Matt Bacon #89, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette
The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite and Spirit of the Event award gives the winner a spot to compete at the 2019 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: Mark Golovin #111, 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
The Todd Gartshore Memorial Award is awarded to someone who has gone above and beyond in showing their passion and dedication to the event.
The People’s Choice Award: Dennis Bay #98, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
The People’s Choice Award in a very special honor bestowed upon a driver by his peers.
Long Distance Award (Driven): Dave Kass #61, 1972 Chevrolet C10
Because this started as a street car event for those who would drive their cars to the track, race, then drive them home, we want to recognize the individual who made the longest drive. Dave clocked over 500 miles!