Motor State Distributing Hosts Annual Motor State Challenge

Jul 22, 2021

Motor State Distributing hosted the 13th annual Motor State Challenge earlier this month. An annual three-day Pro-Touring event, the Motor State Challenge brings together as many as 100 drivers from across the US and Canada to compete in standard and manufacturer vintage and late-model classes, as well as the new QA1 #goDRIVEit class, which is designed for participants who drive their vehicle to the event, race it, then drive it home. It also features the unscored/untimed touring class designed for those wanting the on-track experience without the competitive pressure.

The event kicked off Thursday with a 40-plus mile cruise led by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit, ending at Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan for a Cajun-style dinner catered by NOLA-ROUX. Drivers enjoyed the lakefront view from the Weko beach house and deck, while beachgoers were fascinated by the variety of pro-touring cars on hand, the company said.

On Friday, drivers hit the track at South Haven’s GingerMan Raceway for timed lap sessions. Light rain quickly gave way to dry weather, allowing drivers to make the most of the 2.14-mile-long road course, event organizers said. Long straights, short sprints, sweeping curves, tight apexes and changing elevations tested both driver and car (or truck) alike. The race day wrapped up with an ice cream social featuring Sherman’s ice cream.

On Saturday morning, the event continued at GingerMan with the TrackSprint, where drivers experience the challenge of a start-stop course on the most technical area of the track. Each group was given five runs on the timed, single-lap sprint with the fastest course time counting towards their overall points. The day wrapped up with the awards ceremony and door prize giveaways.

The event featured sponsorship and trackside support from Optima Batteries, Eaton Performance, Maxima Oil, Hawk Performance, Kunzman and Associates, QA1 and Royal Purple, as well as the many other manufacturers and sponsors.

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