Grand-Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway


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The Gallardo LP 570-4 is the chassis used in the 2013 Super Trofeo series with significant changes for safety and aerodynamics.  The aero package drew the same response from multiple car fans in the paddock, “Now that’s a race car!”  That remark was never based on lap times, of course.

After watching Kevin Conway, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, take the win in Kansas’ first-ever night race on Friday, it was obvious that there is a huge disparity in driver talent in the series—the back markers were noticeably behind after the first lap  That didn’t make it any less enjoyable to watch or listen to, however, and the cars were a huge draw for a wide variety of fans.

Grand Am CTSCC KansasFriday’s practice and qualifying schedule made for some great on-track scenery, and multiple venues from which to watch.  
APR ST KansasThe CTSCC Street Tuner (ST) class is about what it sounds like.  It’s filled with the compact import crowd of cars and they’re limited to mostly safety modifications and suspension, so gearing and final drive ratios can’t be touched, which seemed to hurt a few teams here.
Bimmerworld ST brakesThis shot of one of the Bimmerworld cars shows just how limited they are on rules.  Brake pads are open, obviously, and you’re not limited to stock rotors, but you must run factory calipers.
CTSCC Aston Martin GSThe Grand Sport (GS) class of CTSCC opens up that series to some slightly more exotic big bore cars from the likes of Aston Martin, Porsche and BMW, but also makes room for some trusty American iron like Mustangs and Camaros.  CTSCC seems to make for the most exciting and tight racing, but the appeal is probably because it’s the series most of us can best relate to.


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