The United States’ newest and most open ‘GT’ and ‘time-trial’ national motor racing championships go west this weekend.

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, near Palm Springs, California hosts the North American Road Racing Association’s US GT Championship and Whelen US TimeTrial Championship, March 25-27.

This will be the first appearance of both championships on the West Coast.

The event will also feature the US Performance Driver Education program including beginner and advanced ‘solo’ driving schools.

An array of high performance and exotic street cars as well as purpose built race cars, including BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mustang, Porsche and Viper are expected to grace the 2.68 mile (counterclockwise) Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, designed by world renowned track designer Ed Bargy.

Due to the extremely open and simple rules governing the US GT and Whelen US TimeTrial championships, more closed wheel performance or GT sports cars are eligible for these series than any other GT series in the country.

Cars in the US GT Championship and Whelen US TimeTrial Championship, are categorized by their power-to-weight ratio into ‘unlimited’ class, ‘one’, or ‘two’.

The simplicity of the rules mean competitors can enter lightly modified, highly modified or advanced racing machines such as current or ex American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am or Word Challenge spec GT cars.

The ‘unlimited’ class also allows for the fastest GT and most unrestricted cars to compete.

Both series attracted professional and celebrity drivers to the inaugural round, held at Road Atlanta circuit last month.

Grand-Am competitors Eric Curran, George and Sonny Whelen, ALMS driver Andrew Davis, Dodge Motorsports factory driver Kuno Wittmer and Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles featured in the 43 car starting grid.

Kuno Wittmer won both races of the USGTC’s inaugural round, while in the Whelen USTTC Wittmer shared a win apiece with Corvette performance guru Reece Cox.

On-track action at Chuckwalla (Desert Center, CA) begins this Friday, March 25, with test sessions for both series, with time-trial competition and wheel-to-wheel racing held over both Saturday and Sunday.

All the action will be broadcast via way of GoRacingTV.com, hosted by Tom Hnatiw from Dream Car Garage, and produced by the Internal Combustion Group.

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For more information or event registration visit NARRAonline.com or call 817 829 4893.

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