2020 UMI Autocross Challenge – car fun with friends
The UMI Autocross Challenge is all about fun with car friends. Sure, there’s awesome competition, world class builds and white knuckle thrills. There’s also campfires, food trucks, music and that ever so exaggerated bench racing…
The UMI Autocross Challenge has been evolving for a few years now. What started as the 2012 UMI Cruise-In has become the UMI Autocross Challenge. The first competition portion was added in 2017 and took place at the Mid-State Regional airport. We moved the race to UMI Motorsports Park in 2018 and have been growing it steadily since. From being happy to fill spots to having a 50 person waitlist, the UMI Autocross Challenge is the official place to have big fun with car friends. In addition to bragging rights on its own, the UMI Autocross Challenge is a gateway to a coveted Golden Ticket Invite to UMI’s King of the Mountain. The thrill of racing one’s way in is hard to describe but you racers know what we mean.
The UMI Autocross Challenge features a wide variety of cars from domestic to import, vintage to modern and everything in between. You’ll find fire breathing, road race weapons racing alongside factory stock vehicles just there to have a great time.
• 2-Seat Sports Car • Vintage Muscle • Mid-Muscle • Late Model Muscle
By the numbers – when the final engine went silent Saturday afternoon we recorded:
110 cars with time
36 late model entries
33 mid muscle
5 food trucks
3 days on-site
2 days of autocross
1 awesome event
Thanks to your generous contributions over the years, UMI Performance has donated TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars to various charities. In 2020 we collected $10000 to distribute to the Emily Whitehead Foundation and the ALS Association Western PA Chapter. Our emcee Chad Reynolds of Bangshift fame rocks the mic and gets the donations flowing. We have a few examples to mention and this is by no means all inclusive. Tim Winters, announcer at our neighboring sister track Hidden Valley Speedway, is also a talented competition quality baker. Tim has been donating individually wrapped, gourmet cakes and novelties that are so awesome they’re now being requested. Jodie Potter, bake sale organizer, has some crazy wild recipe for brownies that may someday cause a fist fight when supplies run out. Our buddy Dan Baker from Alumicraft Street Rod Grilles built a commemorative plaque to be auctioned off for $100. The plaque was such a hit we sold six more. Dan donated his time, materials and talent just to support the cause. That means $700 additional towards giving someone with ALS a better life. We’ve even seen other charities selflessly contribute their own funding to support ours. If that doesn’t speak well for Sophia Rayne’s Racing for a Reason we don’t know what does. We couldn’t do it without our exceptional #carfamily. We applaud each and every one of you. The support is mind blowing, overwhelming and just plain awesome.
Campfires, Food Trucks, and Live Music
Friday night of the Autocross Challenge featured Campfires, Food Trucks and Live Music. 85 acres of beautiful countryside helped us stay safe during the global pandemic while enjoying local favorite food trucks. Joe Quick set up his sound system and entertained a few dozen groups of families in the field above Turn 3. The newly constructed Kirk-camping area was a popular gathering place for racers and fans. Ken Edwards, President of Camping and Hospitality Operations along with his trusty Vice President, JB Boyer, made sure their friends (longtime and new) were well fed and enjoyed a relaxing evening of bench racing.