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April 24, 2012

Target Targa Newfoundland

VRPerformance Racing has entered the 2012 Targa Newfoundland. We'll be running a highly modified 2003 BMW M3 (follow the construction of the car on this blog). Team members include Bill Caswell, Horst Reinhardt Jr., Eric Volz and John Sandrock. Along with race car build updates, we'll fill you in on the teammates' backgrounds and some Targa Newfoundland information in the months ahead, so stay tuned. As a not so quick primer, check out the 2011 Targa Newfoundland video past the jump that the SPEED channel recenty posted.

VRPerformance Open Track Day at Grattan

Our annual track day is set for 2012. We'll be heading to Grattan Raceway May 11th.

As every year, we gather experienced track drivers (those with some club or professional performance driving instruction under their seatbelts) for 8 or so hours of open track fun. And we rely heavily on personal responsibility to make the event safe for everyone.

Date: Friday, May 11th, 2012 rain or shine
Time: Short driver's meeting at 8:30, open track from 09:00 to 17:00, lunch around 12:00
Early registration $225 via check, $235 via credit
Late registration (after April 1st) $245/$255
Grattan Raceway, Belding, Michigan

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Check out a little video by Jason from last year's event:

VRPerformance Racing

Racing improves the breed, it's as true for manufacturers as it is for shops like VRPerformance. We've delivered race cars to customers, we've tweaked street cars for the track, and now we're turning to our own in house projects with the formation of VRPerformance Racing. Our goal is not only to compete successfully, but also to take what we learn from our hands on racing efforts and apply it to all of our customer projects. Ultimately we want you to benefit from our experience, our struggles and triumphs at the track.

First up is our entry in the 2012 Targa Newfoundland.

Targa Newfoundland is a tarmac rally. While there are five distinct divisions of competition, there are really only two types of racing going on—Grand Touring and Targa.

Grand touring is like a typical time- speed- distance rally wherein you follow a route and show up at check points as close as possible to an assigned time based on a predetermined average speed. You accrue penalties for every second you miss that time, plus or minus. The average speed required to meet your target time is well within legal limits. You can run a bone stock, un-modified street car in grand touring. There are two divisions in the class: equipped and unequipped. By equipment, the organizers are talking about rally computers, timers, GPS systems—anything that will help you gauge exactly where you are on course and what your average speed is.

Targa class is wide open and much closer to the rallies you see on television beamed in from exotic locales. Competitors race on closed sections of road and try to beat a minimum time for each stage. If you beat the minimum time, come in under in other words, no penalties are received. For every second you are slower than the minimum time, you get penalties.

There are three divisions in the targa class: classic, modern and open. Classic division is for pre-1981 vehicles, modern spans from 1982 to present and open is a catch all class for highly modified cars. There are groups within the divisions to further differentiate the cars, but I won’t go into that minutia or we’d be here forever.

All Targa divisions require safety modifications to the car such as a complete safety cage, harnesses, fire suppression and so on. Drivers and co-drivers must wear personal protective gear including helmets and race suits.

For those keeping track, we will run in “Targa late modern division, level two, large displacement” or simply “Targa Modern 7”