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There's no place in IMSA for the MINIs in 2019, which is what prompted Luis and Company to switch to Honda in the TCR class. MINI won't build a TCR car, whether their decision or BMWs will remain a mystery, so they had to look elsewhere to continue to race in IMSA. There's the possibility that the MINIs they ran this year could race in the TC class in Pirelli World Challenge in 2019 in there current state, but nothing has been confirmed.
 
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Yes, but aren't they starting over with Honda. Again, this has to do with factory support. MINI has had no support whatsoever. It's a shame. It seems that BMW has decided that for MINI to move forward, they have to get out of the sports, enthusiast mode and more towards the SUV, electronic gadget mode. I am buying my fourth MINI, but I see a decline of enthusiasts in the clubs and more of ," let's go for an ice cream or wine tasting trip". Ten years ago (N. CA), the club runs were really fun driving events (maybe borderline fast). Now I see eyelashes on the headlights.These people could care less about car racing. Sorry for the rant.
Rant away! There are many decisions that BMW has made (eg: no more LSD, no gauges, Suspension options aimed at the highways) that frustrate the enthusiast. It seems that a lot or most of their decisions have to do with profit margins. Maybe it is a simple numbers thing in a ledger. It costs more to field 2 teams than one.

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There's no place in IMSA for the MINIs in 2019, which is what prompted Luis and Company to switch to Honda in the TCR class. MINI won't build a TCR car, whether their decision or BMWs will remain a mystery, so they had to look elsewhere to continue to race in IMSA. There's the possibility that the MINIs they ran this year could race in the TC class in Pirelli World Challenge in 2019 in there current state, but nothing has been confirmed.
I looked up PWC and it wasnít clear that these JCW MINIs could run in that class. But I will admit to not having dug to deep into the requirements. It would be great if they did run in PWC as they race at LRP which ic close to me. I would definitely go see them if they did.
 
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Old 11-17-2018, 05:18 PM
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Does anyone know the official final standings?



Iíve been looking for the official final standings and have not been able to find them. I stickered up Cheddar and want to place the results on the rear quarter glass.
 
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The final standings are listed here:
https://michelinpilotchallenge.imsa.com/standings

MINI took first in the Manufactures standing’s. Mat Pombo and Mike Lamarra took Second in the Driver’s standings. #73 took second in the Team standings.

Love the car, by the way.
 
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I watched the encore race at Sebring. Great racing! The LMP3 cars may actually be more fun to watch then their bigger brothers. Nice mix of cars with them, the GT4s and TCR cars. I do miss the MINIs, though.
 
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I will miss seeing the MINIs race as well! Iím sure Matt Pombo will catch a fast ride somewhere else!....he sure could get every ounce of speed out of that #73 JCW. Long live the JCW!!!!👍
 
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Originally Posted by Eddie07S View Post
The final standings are listed here:
https://michelinpilotchallenge.imsa.com/standings

MINI took first in the Manufactures standingís. Mat Pombo and Mike Lamarra took Second in the Driverís standings. #73 took second in the Team standings.

Love the car, by the way.
This will be on my quarter glass left and right! By the way the Pirrelli stickers are gone.

2018 IMSA Coninental Tire Sportscar
Callenge Street Turner Class
Manufacturersís Campionship

1. MINI

2. BMW
3. Porsche
4. Mazda
 
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Cheddar has a brother! This was the 2016 Hot Lap car for the team.
 
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Gonna really miss the JCWs racing this year (2019)...I watched the Atlanta race again yesterday when they clinched the Manu Championship....sweet! and well deserved! Only stick shift cars in the field too! Long live the manual!!!!!👍. Heel & Toe baby! 🙃
 
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Cheddar has a brother! This was the 2016 Hot Lap car for the team.
Fantastic buy! You definitely know Luis drove the snot out of the car but it was also well maintained and taken care of.
 
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Even though the ST class is gone, IMSA racing will be kicking off this season with the Roar Before the 24
 
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Just got my copy of the BMWCCA magazine, the “Roundel”. They have a great article about the Petit Le Mans, the MINI win there and a good summary of how well the MINIs did during this past season. It seems that they lament the passing of the MINI from racing, too. Don’t know if it is on line, but worth a read if anyone can find it.
 
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I saw that also! The pics of the #73 racing made me smile! So sad to not be seeing any MINIs racing this year! Iím a 30 year member of the BMW CCA btw. The Riundel usbstill a top magazine!
 
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2 great MINI pictures in that article!

How about the other picture with the 3 MINIs in a row (yes, the yellow one is in the back mostly hidden, but it is there)? Great shot.

When I opened this thread to make this post, it opened on the first page, first post, which showed the MINIs in the LAP garage, and it it reminded me of the pride to see that the MINIs would be racing. I’ll remember this and I do plan to look elsewhere for MINIs racing.
 
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Well said Eddie! Maybe somebody will race a MINI in the US....letís all keep an eye out!
 
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So, I have not seen much on MINI for them, are they still pursuing for 2020?
 
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So, I have not seen much on MINI for them, are they still pursuing for 2020?
Not sure who or what you are referring to.

Right now Iím not aware that anyone is fielding a MINI team. It seems that BMW has pretty well shut MINI out of racing. The Pirrilli World Challenge has a class that MINIs would fit into, but I think an earlier post said that it appears that no one has gone down that route. Iíve even watched some of the SCCA racing and have seen no private MINIs running.

Love to hear if someone knows something different.
 
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Yep, thats what I was asking about.
 
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The question is - why won’t MINI sponsor racing like this in the USA; they do in the UK:

Ya, there is a lot of talk in this video, but it does show the enthusiasm for MINI racing there. We could have that here if there was a bit of effort put into it.

Here is a video of the same guy when he was just introduced to the MINI.


Nice discussion about the car and an interesting ending to the introduction
 

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SUVs sell in the US. The 3 door hatch is a hot seller in the UK. Bottom line. If MINI didn't have the Countryman for sale in the US, MINI might have left our market.
I really enjoy watching the MINI Challenge on youtube. It's like watching Nascar on road courses. Lots of bumping and grinding. I just think the lack of support from BMW for racing MINIs in the US is the only reason we aren't seeing MINIs race here.
 
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Yep the UK group is doing fantastic. Lots of our suppliers/brands we have at ECS support that UK group.
 
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If “petrol” was $5 or $6 a gal here, there would be a lot of 3 door hatches sold here too. But we are stuck with a SUV market mentality. And, headed towards driverless cars, much less “stick-less” cars. Hmmmmm, would it be boring to watch “driverless race cars”? The bumping and grinding would be an interesting algorithm .... Boring, I don’t need... My MINI is going to be around a long time.

TCR also has a bit of the bumping and grinding, but when they start to do it to take people/cars out, like in NASCAR, it will kill it for me. One of the reasons I like watching IMSA races is they are very quick to ensure that isn’t happening. Pure racing.
 
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Well said Eddie! Maybe somebody will race a MINI in the US....letís all keep an eye out!
The ex-IMSA MINIs should be being run in the Blancpain GT America (formerly Pirelli World Challenge) this year, but I haven't seen anything formal come out. Tickets just went on sale for the round here in Austin at COTA for the first weekend in March, so I'm guessing it won't be long before something official comes out.
 
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That will be interesting if that does happen. Unfortunately for me, the closest they will get to me is WGI, which is almost 4 hrs away.
 
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