The National Corvette Museum is hosting a community event which will feature Corvettes “roaring” around the National Corvette Museum’s parking lot. Saturday marks the 16th time the Junior Achievement Mini Corvette Challenge will be run in Bowling Green. Go-karts with four-cycle engines and Corvette bodies will be customized and tuned to perfection for the popular event.
Prior to the championship race, there will be a pit competition, tech inspection, heat racing and custom/collectible/antique car show.
The event has generated more than $400,000 in funding to benefit the Junior Achievement program for South Central Kentucky. Over 13,000 students participate in the program.
Participants in the Mini Corvette Challenge are serious about putting on a good show. A lot of time and energy is put into designing coordinating car colors and team uniforms. Teams are allowed to spec their cars to strict guidelines set forth by the competition chairman. The cars are then impounded before race day before final tech inspection upon hitting the track to qualify via heat races for the championship race.
Each team must have one female driver and make one mandatory pit stop, including changing one wheel, during race competition.
A number of fun awards are given during the day, as well as some “serious” recognition for accomplishments.
- Best Overall Theme – Awarded to the team with the best overall coordination of car decoration and team uniforms.
- Most Like a Real Race Car – Awarded for the car that is designed to resemble “Real Race Car” a real race car.
- Most Creative Car Awarded for the car with the most creative/unusual design.
- Best Detailed Car Awarded for the car that best uses company logo.
- Best Driver Uniform Awarded to the team with the best driver uniform.
- Best Crew Uniform Awarded to the team with the best crew uniforms.
- Sportsmanship Award Awarded to the team who exhibits the greatest amount of sportsmanship during the event.
- Grand Stand Award Awarded to the team who receives the greatest amount of support from the fans.
- Team Spirit Award Awarded to the team who appears to have the most Spirit throughout the event.
- Golden Muffler Award Awarded to the team with the biggest blunder of the event.
- Volunteer Award Awarded to the organization that provides the most volunteers to assist on race day
- Rookie of the Year Awarded to a first-year competing team.
- Fastest Qualifying Lap Awarded to the team with the fastest lap in time trials
Hopefully the Motorsports Park will be open in the next few years and become the permanent home for the Junior Achievement Mini Corvette Challenge. It the mean time, listen for the “roar” of the four strokers as they struggle to reach speeds in excess of 15 mph.
Mark Leevan, writer for the Corvette Examiner contributed this story.