FCR National Championship Series - Building Cars To Compete In This Series
When I first saw the notification for the FCR National Championship Series, I got excited. The more I read, the more excited I became. This is, at least in my opinion, a racer's series. One that is friendly to both the racer and also the raceway owners. It is based on performance - once again, both for the racers and the raceways.
To begin with, racers stay and compete for points at their local raceways. No travel to contend with. I think this is the proper way in this day and age of $4.00 per gallon gasoline.
It is friendly to the raceway owners as they do not have to have their racers going to another raceway to compete. Everyone stays at their home track and races, yet still have the ability to compete for a place at the Regional level and possibly the National level.
Each time you race, you get points awarded based on the number of racers, where you finish the race at and also a couple of bonus points - 1 for fastest qualifier and also 1 for fastest lap during the race. I think we are all seeing the effect of bonus points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. You can be part of similar racing excitement in the FCR National Championship Series.
The Regional race will happen at the raceway that has the most entries during the regular season, which runs this year from November thru April. So, both you and your raceway owner have a reason to get more racers in on race night. If you have 9 or more racers, there are 3 bonus points awarded to each of the racers. And the raceway with the most entries will host the Regional race.
Where will the National event be held at? The region that gets the most entries during the regular season. Sounds like a great reason to talk to your friends about coming out and racing FCR cars?
Another thing I really like about it is that there should be something for everyone to get interested in. I checked out the www fcrseries com website and saw that they had the following categories.
- "Cup" - Presented by Team HRE Division
- Parma Spec Stock Car Division
- Supertruck Division
- Jerry's Speed & Custom Parts - Grand National Division
- Parma Dirt Late Model Division
- Parma Challenge Stock Car Division (Novice Only)
I have recently sat down and studied all the rules. I do believe by swapping tires, motors and bodies, I can compete in 5 of these divisions with a single FCR chassis, 3 motors, 4 bodies and 3 sets of tires.
That, in my opinion, makes for some very inexpensive slot car racing.
Also in my opinion, the most heavily contested division is going to be the Parma Spec Stock Car Division. Why do I say that? Simple, everyone's got the same car and it all comes down to skill and a bit of racing luck.
A couple of weeks ago I was at my local raceway and there were a few of us that had just bought some FCR cars. We were having so much fun just running laps on the road course, banging fenders, doors and other assorted regions on the bodies, it was causing lots of almost uncontrollable laughter. If I can buy a $38.99 car and have that much fun, it sure does sound like a great program.
I am going to go ahead and build up a chassis using all the things I know about FCR chassis. Once I get the chassis the way I want it, then I am going to perpare a car to run in some of these divisions. I think the first one I will concentrate on is the Parma Spec Stock Car Division.
Last edited by fl_slotter; 10-04-2011 at 12:48 PM.
Florida Slotter, aka Marty Stanley,
A "Double 60's" Slot Racer
Killer X Raceways Team Racer