One of the biggest things that sets the Reedy
Touring Car Race of Champions apart from
other events is its format. Like its off-road counterpart, the highlight of the
event is the Invitational class that includes 30 drivers who have staked
their claim in the class by their previous Reedy Race results, making it in to
the finals at an IFMAR Worlds or by their accomplishments in national or
internationally recognized events. This group of drivers then competes in
12 rounds of heads-up racing with randomly selected starting spots on the
grid in three heats, which are then shuffled for each subsequent round. All
12 rounds are then run over the course of three days with the 10 best re-
sults used toward a final point tally to produce an overall winner. The other
racers at the event use a more traditional format. Open Mod, Super Stock
( 13.5T), and Stock ( 17.5T) classes use a fairly standard triple A-main format
for their own racing within the event. Qualifying for these groups uses
a more common points system, with two of the four qualifiers tallied up
for positions in the mains. Triple mains are run for everyone regardless of
whether it’s an A-, B-, or C-main. The winner from the Open Mod class then
earns a spot in the following year’s Invitational class.
The highlight of the event is the
Invitational class, with an amazing
12 rounds of great racing and
10 used to crown the champion.
Q Open-classes qualifying will use qual points,
with the best two rounds used to determine
main-event qualifying positions. Ties will be
broken by combining the laps and times from
the driver’s best two rounds.
Q Main event results will be determined by
adding a driver’s best two results. Ties will be
broken by adding the laps and time from the
driver’s best two results.
Q Invitational results are determined by
combining the points from a driver’s best
10 out of 12 rounds. In the event of a tie, the
first tiebreaker will be determined by the
most first-place finishes between tied racers.
Most second-place finishes will break second-
level ties. Third-level ties will be broken by
the most third-place finishes and so on, until
all 10 scored rounds are used. In the event
that a tie still exists after using the 10 scored
rounds, the final tiebreaker will be the addi-
tion of the three best laps and times from
the scored rounds regardless of the finishing
positions in those three rounds.
Q Invitational class drivers must use six sets
of control tires alternating new/used. Tires
will be impounded and delivered to each driver
in tech. Control tire sauce will be supplied in
a designated staging area and can be applied
once the previous race has started.
Q Driving penalties will be given at the discretion of the referee/race director. Failure
to comply will result in disqualification from
Q Rules may be changed, modified, added, or
removed at the discretion
of the race organizers.
The Sweep EXP EVO-R 36 was once again chosen
as the control tire for the event. This tire has
been used since the event was relocated to
the Tamiya Raceway in 2014. This specific
premounted tire went through prior extensive
testing to ensure that it provided consistent
performance with good traction and was at an
affordable price for everyone. Since the tire’s
use years ago, it has really been holding up to
a lot of conditions, including different levels of
temperature, and continues to perform in spite
of an asphalt surface that’s shown a high level
of wear or when it was freshly slurry-sealed. As
per the rules, each paid entrant receives one
set of marked and numbered tires
and only allowed an additional
three sets for use for qualifying
and triple A-mains. There is no limit
to the number of tires a driver may
purchase for practice, but tires
used during controlled practice
seeding rounds must be marked
tires purchased at the event.
Invitational drivers had their
tires marked and impounded
to prevent any tampering.