Last season, Setup put the club racer potential of the new Solstice in the spotlight. I am extremely happy to see Pontiac step up and supply the show with their new sports car. This will bring more attention to the Miata slayer, and should, hopefully, boost interest in SPEC racing.
If you haven't watched the show, it's quite entertaining. It's by Tommy Kendall, a former professional driver best known for his dominance in the Trans Am series. Contestants are given a brand new 260hp Pontiac Solstice GXP to race. Then, they must talk with a sponsor and attempt to wow them and gain their support. The driver and his crew chief must then build their cars to the specifications of the racing class and pass tech-in. If their Solstice doesn’t meet the strict class requirements, it must be tended to and inspected again. If there isn’t enough time to go through the inspection, you don’t race. Just like a real racing series. Nothing has changed there. Season two differs from the last by adding in a new twist, though. The drivers must now race with a partner and their crew chief. They must learn to work as a team since road racing is done in pairs. Eventually, they have to compete against and defeat their teammate to win the show.
The prize is not only monetary, but a dream opportunity. The victor will receive $100,000 and a chance to race for the GM factory racing team in Grand Am. Now this is an opportunity to try out and prove that you can keep your head cool in a professional racing environment. It will be interesting to see what will happen this season. See Speed TV's website for more information on the season as well as the various air times.