A MINI Hardtop driving through the racetrack.

MINI MOTORSPORTS ENTERS TWO CLASSES, TC AND TCA IN THE TC AMERICA 2022 SEASON.

The MINI JCW RACE TEAM will continue racing to chase the Manufacturer’s Championship title at 7 tracks across he US honoring John Cooper’s legacy.        

MINI MOTORSPORTS 2022 SCHEDULE

DATE LOCATION
April 15-17 Sonoma Raceway, California
May 20-22 NOLA Motorsports Park, Missouri
June 17-19 Virginia Intl Raceway, Virginia 
July 22-24 Watkins Glen Intl, New York
August 19-21 Road America, Wisconsin
September 23-25 Sebring Intl Raceway, Florida
October 7-9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana
Schedule subject to change

PRO TEAMS

MINI USA AND THE MINI JCW TEAM CLOSE OT TC AMERICA SEASON WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE

MINI USA and the MINI John Cooper Works Team ended their racing season on a high note at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with two first-place finishes and a second place finish in the final race weekend of the 2021 SRO TC America series. The Brownsburg, Ind. -based LAP Motorsports, which operates the MINI JCW Team, fielded three cars at their home track this past weekend, including the #60 MINI JCW PRO piloted by veteran driver Derek Jones in the Touring Car (TC) class, as well as the #62 MINI JCW driven by Clayton Williams and the #61 MINI JCW driven by Cristian Perocarpi, both in the Touring Car A (TCA) class.

MINI driving on a race track.

RALLY DAKAR 2021 – SIXTH OVERALL WIN FOR MINI.

The MINI team took home the 2021 Dakar Rally win, this time it was record winner Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and his co-driver Edouard Boulanger (FRA) who topped the podium after twelve stages through the Saudi Arabian desert. It was Peterhansel’s 14th overall win at the Dakar, and his third for MINI following his wins in 2012 and 2013. MINI now has a total of six overall wins of the famous endurance rally to its name. Carlos Sainz (ESP) and his co-driver Victor Cruz (ESP), who won in 2020, crossed the finish line in third place with their MINI JCW Buggy this time around.

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The MINI racecar on the Rally Dakar.

PRIVATEERS

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MINI CHALLENGE & SCCA.

If you want to see a pack of ferociously race-tuned MINI models torching the track, check out MINI Challenge. Since its launch in 2004, the MINI clubsport racing series has expanded to Argentina, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. If you’re looking to add a healthy dose of adrenaline to your weekends, the Sports Car Club of America will not only let you spectate – but participate. With events on multiple surfaces for amateurs and professionals, and a contingency dedicated to MINI Owners, it’s well worth checking out an SCCA event near you.

Black MINI vehicle maneuvering around yellow cones in an empty parking lot with palm trees and sunny skies in the background.

YOU RACE? GET REWARDS.

You can win cash prizes racing a MINI in amateur or professional competitions through the MINI Motoring Awards Program. It’s just a little extra incentive for MINI owners to get out there and give racing a go. Not that the sheer fun and adrenaline rush of pressing a MINI through a closed course isn’t already enough.

(Please Note: the MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty may not cover vehicles used in competitive events, and it specifically does not cover damage to the engine, transmission or any related components caused by improper operation of the vehicle or shifting.) 

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DRIVE IT LIKE A PRO.

Motorsports prowess. It’s earned on the racetrack, but it’s learned at the MINI Performance Driving School, where professional instructors teach participants to unleash a MINI’s racing soul.

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PERFORMANCE UPGRADES.

Every MINI is equipped with the tools and the attitude to tackle the track, but we’ve got a few special tune-ups for the committed. John Cooper Works performance parts, rims and tires heighten all of your MINI’s senses – improving stability, reducing shock, tightening handling – giving you more control over the glorious machine at your disposal.

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Racing Heritage

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TRAILBLAZING ON THE TRACK.

It was 1961 when the humble little people-mover fell into the hands of British racing legend John Cooper. A more powerful engine, bigger brakes and a few tuning tweaks later, the Classic Mini Cooper 997 was introduced. And a rally demon was born.

Shortly after in 1962, when gender roles were thought to be defined, one woman chose a life of speed. Her name was Pat Moss and she wasn’t just ahead of the curve, she set it, by leading Mini to their first motorsport victory in the Netherlands Tulip Rally.

Play Button Video of Rauno Aaltonen, winner of the Monte-Carlo Rally in 1967, reliving his glory days and driving around in his classic red MINI vehicle with license plate AUK 299.

OUR KIND OF VICTORY LAP.

For the 50-year anniversary of his victory in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, 79-year-old racing legend Rauno Aaltonen didn’t just take a bow. He took the wheel of his classic Mini and relived the race, turn by razor-sharp turn.

Black and white image of classic MINI John Cooper Works model with license plate AJB 44B driving on a snow surface.

RACING’S IN OUR BLOOD.

Son of a mechanic, pioneer of the rear-mounted engine and founder of the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper had three Monte Carlo Rally titles and 16 Grand Prix wins to his name. That name lives on in the MINI John Cooper Works models. Ferocious, street-legal racecars bred for the track and rigorously tuned to the most exacting performance standards. Because just as it was a half-century ago, racing is in our blood.

Black and white image of classic MINI vehicle, numbered 72 on the passenger door, rounding the corner alone on a dirt racetrack with smoke rising from the surface.

BIRTH OF A RACER.

In 1959, the first Classic Mini was introduced to Britain: an unassuming, inexpensive 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use up a lot of gas or take up much space. And though at first, some people didn’t quite know what to make of this quirky newcomer, other people began to get big ideas.

Black and white image of a man with a white helmet sitting in a classic MINI F1 vehicle numbered 100 on the side and front of the vehicle.

ICONOCLASTS ATTRACT.

One of the gentlemen most intrigued by the Classic Mini’s racing potential was the legendary F1 car builder, John Cooper. Already famous for his unique, extremely successful rear-engine F1 designs, it was only natural that an auto company bold enough to defy convention by placing its engine differently (sideways) would impress him.

Black and white image of a dark classic MINI vehicle with license plate HJB 656D driving on a gravel path with smoke rising from the surface and grass encircling the path.

ONE SPIN WAS ALL IT TOOK.

Cooper immediately recognized that the same features that made the Classic Mini such an innovative people mover – a transverse engine, four wheels pushed out to the corners and minimal size – also gave the car incredible balance, an extremely wide stance and amazing agility. Just the attributes needed to turn it into a small, but ferocious racer.

Black and white image of a dark classic MINI vehicle, numbered 69 on the passenger door, rounding the corner alone on a dirt racetrack with smoke rising from the surface and crowds in the background.

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR SIDEWAYS ENGINE.

And so, in 1961, with a few tweaks to the engine, a set of slightly bigger brakes, and a new contrasting roof to make it stand out in the pack, the Classic Mini emerged from the Cooper Car Company garages as the Mini Cooper.

Black and white image of a dark classic MINI vehicle, numbered 37 on the driver’s door, parked in front of a white building with people in formal attire standing behind the vehicle.

A GIANT KILLER.

What happened next (much to the dismay of the competition) is that John Cooper’s grand hypothesis was proven correct. The Classic Mini Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.* And a car for the ages was born.