GRAND BLANC, Mich. GM Performance Parts (GMPP) has announced the launch of the 2011 LSX Challenge Series, a four-race points drag racing series culminating with the fifth annual LSX Shootout, which will be held in conjunction with the NMCA World Street Finals, Oct. 6-9, in Indianapolis.
The LSX Challenge Series, which also incorporates a car show at each event, represents a major expansion for GM in drag racing, with participants using strictly GM production-based LS and GM Performance Parts LSX engines and engine components.
Race dates and locations for the 2011 LSX Challenge Series and LSX Shootout include:
March 18-20 (NMCA season opener), at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Fla.
April 14-17 (NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals), at Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.
Oct. 6-9 (NMCA World Street Finals/LSX Shootout), at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis.
The other race of the series takes place Sept. 9-11, during the Holley LS Fest, at Beech Bend Raceway Park, in Bowling Green, Ky. An agreement with LS Fest organizers allows racers to follow the rules and classes of the LSX Challenge Series, with points awarded applying to the championship.
"We are thrilled to launch the LSX Challenge Series and bring it to more competitors and fans around the country," said Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. "This is grassroots racing at its finest and most exciting and we expect it to grow, as more and more racers discover the competitive advantages of LS power."
The LSX Challenge Series will include several racing classes, similar to those used in previous LSX Shootout events, including:
LSX Drag Radial
LSX All Motor
LSX Real Street
LSX Rumble (Index)
Gen Camaro Challenge (Index)
Racers competing for the championship must participate in three of the four races, with the LSX Shootout (Indiana) as a required event. The results of each race will be tracked throughout the season in NMCA’s Fastest Street Car.
Along with supporting the LSX Shootout series, GM Performance Parts says its products enable racers to compete and win with a growing range of LSX maximum-performance crate engines and engine parts. The parts are suited for drag racing and are designed to support engines making 2,000 horsepower or more, with supercharging, turbocharging or nitrous. Among them are the LSX Bowtie blocks including the tall-deck version for building large-displacement engines of up to 500 cubic inches as well as new drag-race six-bolt cylinder heads, intake manifolds and forged rotating components.
GMPP personnel will be on hand at all events to answer tech questions and explain the key attributes of the new parts. Racing and street enthusiasts can also tap the hands-on expertise of technicians from Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, one of the country’s largest GMPP dealers and installers.
Along with the technical support and parts displays, Scoggin-Dickey will stock popular parts for purchase at the event, in the event racers need a last-minute part to keep them in competition.
GM Performance Parts will award the fastest LS-powered racers at the LSX Shootout event (Indiana) and pay a $250 bonus to any racer who wins his or her category using an LSX Bowtie engine block. GMPP will also supply awards to all racing class and show class winners.