FAQs

October 9, 2015

X-Cup FAQ

Is Great Race fun?

We’ll let you decide after you watch highlights from the 2014 Great Race<

Is X-Cup safe for younger drivers?

Great Race X-Cup competition is a well organized competition with Safety the primary concern. Speed or aggressive driving is a sure way to lose the competition. As a matter of fact, the route speed is set at 5 MPH under the posted limit. To win it takes teamwork between the Driver and Navigator to follow a precise set of detailed daily driving instructions.

Can there be more than 1 Driver and Navigator on the X-Cup Team?

Yes, maximum team participation is encouraged. As a matter of fact, according to the Great Race Regulations each X-Cup Team must have a minimum of 2 Navigators.

What are the age requirements for X-Cup?

Drivers must be at least 21 and less than 25 years old at the start of the Race. Navigators must be younger than 22 at the start. There is a provision in the Great Race Regulations for younger teams to have an adult (often the faculty advisor) as driver.

How can an X-Cup Team get a vehicle?

There are a number of ways to find a car manufactured in 1972 or earlier. Your Team might contact the local AACA Region. AACA is a nationwide organization of vintage and classic car enthusiast, which supports X-Cup in many areas. If you are new to X-Cup Great Race may even be able to connect a qualified Team with a 1928 Ford Model A dedicated to the X-Cup Program.

What about expenses?

The level of expenses largely depends on the size of the Team. As the route taken varies from year to year (ie. Route 66 through the American Southwest in 2015), some years may be closer to home than others. Lodging and fuel are key expenses. Food is largely covered, with many meals provided to the Driver and Navigator during the Race. Most X-Cup Teams hold pre-Race fundraisers, and many have hometown sponsors for the competition.

It looks like the Great Race entry roster may be full?

X-Cup Teams have a special reserve capacity for qualified entries. If you are serious about entering an X-Cup Team, contact Great Race giving your Team information to determine availability.

What about the entry fee?

X-Cup Teams have a reduced $1500 entry fee. However, your Team may qualify for sponsorship which would cover this fee. contact Great Race giving your Team information to determine availability.

What if we break down?

It is important that X-Cup Team members have some degree of mechanical ability. That’s why Team members should spend ample time with their vehicles preparing for the Race. This allows them to get real time hands-on experience, as well a work any “bugs” out of the vehicle. It will be up to the Driver and Navigator to make repairs during the day’s run. If they are unable to make the needed repairs a sweep truck will take the vehicle to the hotel at the end of the day’s run, where the rest of the Team can assist in the repair.

Can the rest of the Team ride in the vehicle during the day’s run?

No, only the Driver and Navigator can be in the vehicle during competition

Can we use GPS?

No, you would be disqualified if you use your cell phone or GPS. The run is to be made using only the daily driving instructions, with a precise clock, stop watch and speedometer.

What do we need to know to prepare the vehicle?

A good place to start is with the video Prepare Your Car for Rallying

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