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January 12, 2010

Commissioner Bronson and Chef Justin at the Fresh from Florida 200 in 2008

In just a little over 2 weeks, the Fresh from Florida 200 will be held at Daytona International Speedway.  The race is the season-opener for the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Challenge Series and a good opportunity to reach a large audience to promote the Fresh from Florida message.

I have to be honest, until recently, I had no clue what the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Challenge Series was.  As soon as I heard racing, I had visions of Jeff Gordon and the famous NASCAR guys going round and round all day. Wow, I couldn’t have been more wrong! If you’re planning on going to the FFF 200, you probably already know what it’s all about. But for those of you who are totally clueless like I was, here is a little bit of information and some good links to help you get familiar with this particular series…

About the Fresh from Florida 200 Race

The Fresh from Florida 200 will be held on January 29, 2010 at Daytona International Speedway at 1:45 p.m.

The track is 3.56 miles and has 12 turns.  Click here to see a list of the drivers/teams competing in the Fresh from Florida 200.

About the Continental Tire Sports Challenge Series

The Continental Tire Sports Challenge Series is run by the Grand American Racing Association.  It was recently known as the KONI Challenge Series/KONI Sports Car Challenge, but the name was changed to the Continental Tire Sports Challenge Series for the 2010 season.

In traditional sports car racing format, the races are often run with both GS and ST classes on track simultaneously, which is known as a “combined” race. Occasionally, races will be run in “split classes”, with separate races for both classes.

The series uses two classes in each race:

  • The Grand Sport (GS) class features large-displacement 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder sports cars as well as small displacement 4-cylinder forced induction sports cars.
  • The Street Tuner (ST) class is for smaller 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder compact sedans, coupes, or roadsters.

All vehicles have fewer modifications than most series, using a “showroom stock” format.

Grand Sport

  • Audi S4
  • BMW M3
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Ford Mustang
  • Porsche 997
  • Porsche Cayman
  • Subaru WRX STi

Street Tuner

  • BMW 330
  • Chevrolet Cobalt SS
  • Honda Civic Si
  • Kia Forte Koup
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Volkswagen Jetta

(from Wikipedia)

So, are you ready for the Fresh from Florida 200 now? Countdown to the race with us here!

photos from flickr

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    January 20, 2010 11:09 am

    This is great information.

  2. Michelle permalink
    January 20, 2010 1:34 pm

    Would love to win this!

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