Vote: 10 Best Classes for 2018

By Winding Road Staff

August 23, 2017

While we're headed into the final stretch of the 2017 season, some racers and would-be racers are starting to look ahead to 2018. And some of them are wondering what class to run in 2018. Maybe they're just starting out. Or maybe they're tired of the class they're in. Each racer has his own needs and there are lots of classes to choose from. But really, there are only a few worth serious consideration.

With this in mind, we thought we'd take a crack at the 10 Best road racing classes for 2018. We've assessed the factors that make a class a wise choice and we've rated each class from 1( weak) to 10(strong) on each factor. You may have a different view, so please chime in with a comment if you have a favorite class that we missed (and score the factors for that class if you would).

ChumpCar

Desired car: 1990-93 NA Miata (1.6L)

Car cost: 10

Run cost: 8

Car count: 7

Spec rules tightness: 7

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 5

Class options: 2

Sanctioning Bodies: ChumpCar World Series

 

Spec Miata

Desired car: 2001 NB Miata

Car cost: 8

Run cost: 8

Car count: 9

Spec rules tightness: 9

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 10

Class options: 9

Sanctioning Bodies: SCCA and NASA

 

CMC

Desired car: F-body Camaro

Car cost: 9

Run cost: 8

Car count: 8

Spec rules tightness: 7

Epic Tracks: 8

Race frequency: 7

Class options: 5

Sanctioning Body: NASA

 

GTS2/Spec E46/T3

Desired car: Spec E46

Car cost: 6

Run cost: 6

Car count: 7

Spec rules tightness: 7

Epic Tracks: 8

Race frequency: 9

Class options: 7

Sanctioning Bodies: NASA, BMWCCA, SCCA

 

Spec Boxster

Desired car: 2.5L Porsche Boxster

Car cost: 7

Run cost: 6

Car count: 8

Spec rules tightness: 8

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 7

Class options: 7

Sanctioning Bodies: PCA and NASA

 

Spec Racer Ford

Desired car: SRF Gen III

Car cost: 8

Run cost: 8

Car count: 8

Spec rules tightness: 9

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 7

Class options: 4

Sanctioning Bodies: SCCA and SVRA

 

American Iron

Desired car: 2005-2014 Mustang (Coyote)

Car cost: 6

Run cost: 7

Car count: 7

Spec rules tightness: 6

Epic Tracks: 7

Race frequency: 7

Class options: 5

Sanctioning Bodies: NASA (may run SCCA T2 with modifications)

 

Group 8

Desired car: 1973 Porsche 911T

Car cost: 3

Run cost: 5

Car count: 6

Spec rules tightness: 4

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 6

Class options: 5

Sanctioning Bodies: SVRA

 

MX-5 Cup/PWC TCA/T3

Desired car: Global MX-5 Cup

Car cost: 6

Run cost: 7

Car count: 9

Spec rules tightness: 9

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 4

Class options: 7

Sanctioning Bodies: IndyCar, Pirelli World Challenge, SCCA

 

GTC4/GT2

Desired car: 997.1 Porsche GT3 Cup

Car cost: 4

Run cost: 3

Car count: 6

Spec rules tightness: 8

Epic Tracks: 9

Race frequency: 8

Class options: 7

Sanctioning Bodies: PCA, SCCA and SVRA