The 58th running of the Rose Cup Races is here, and for the first time we welcome Pirelli World Challenge to the Rose City as the featured attraction.
Pirelli World Challenge competition is divided into four race groups comprising eight driver classifications and six classes of vehicles. What you will see on track is the GT group, GTS, Touring Cars, and the newest TCR hatchbacks.
Pirelli World Challenge GT – The Rose Cup Race
The GT class will be the Rose Cup race. This class is composed of luxury-brand sports and grand touring cars classed by the international FIA racing organization as GT3 cars. These cars have two-door coupe or sedan bodies. Their engines are turbocharged or normally-aspirated, with rear-wheel drive. GT cars have 450-525 horsepower, and are among the fastest racing cars in the world.
Also running with GT is the GTA class for amateur drivers, meaning self-funded teams without automaker factory sponsorship. The GT Cup class is also part of the GT race group, providing an American competition venue for FIA-spec cup cars including the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Ferrari 458 Challenge and Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO.
Pirelli World Challenge GTS and Touring Cars
The GTS class will have a separate set of races this weekend. The GTS class group includes less powerful sports cars with a limited range of permissible modifications. These cars are specifically homologated to the European GT4 rules, with 320-330 horsepower.
Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car classes always deliver a great show. This year, the Touring Cars (TC) will race alone, bringing moderately modified front-wheel or rear-wheel-drive production-based cars with 240-300 horsepower. A second touring race group consists of the TCR class, with highly modified, production-based, factory authorized hatchback cars. TCR cars are all front-wheel-drive, with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines rated at 320-330 horsepower. Finally, the TCA class will run alongside TCR. TCA is made up of limited-modification versions of TC cars, with lower horsepower ratings. TCA cars race on 160-200 horsepower engines.
The Best of Northwest Racing
In addition to the Pirelli World Challenge race groups, the Rose Cup Races will again host the finest of local racers in four race groups:
Spec Miata drivers race in similarly prepared Mazda Miata sports cars. Look for these highly competitive drivers to have a knock-down, drag-out battle to the checker.
Spec Racer Ford cars are identical, purpose-built racing machines with factory-sealed engines. It takes both talent and skill to get ahead of the pack in one of these cars.
Wemme Trophy Vintage racers showcase the best of yesterday’s racecars. Take a trip down memory lane to the great Rose Cup races of the past, and stick around Saturday evening to see the Wemme Trophy awarded.
The Great American Stockcar Series brings real stock car road racing action to Portland. These are the same kind of V8-powered cars you see racing in the top pro series, but piloted by amateur Northwest racers.