The World Challenge series was divided into two separate classes – World Challenge GT and World Challenge Touring. The series featured production based cars modified for racing. The races for both classes were 50-minutes in length.

In 2000 World Challenge series organisers decided to make a number of changes to the series in an effort to attract car enthusiasts and to copy the success of European Touring Car series:

  • Aligning with trends in the automotive aftermarket competitors were allowed to use larger wheels and tires (up to 18-inches in GT and up to 17-inches in Touring), spec rear wings and more aerodynamic bodywork.

  • Also introduced for 2000 was standing starts.

    The series also boasted larger purses and a great television package as the result of sponsorship from Speedvision. All these factors attracted bigger fields - at some events as many as 80-cars were entered for the two classes.

    The penultimate round of the 2000 World Challenge season took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There was a close battle between Jeff McMillin and Bobby Archer for the Driver’s Championship.

  • During the 2000 season, the Champion Audi team had made tremendous improvements to their S4 Competition. At Las Vegas Michael Galati grabbed the pole. Unlike other races where Galati's four-wheel-drive car provided an advantage only on the first lap his car was competitive for the entire race. He led flag-to-flag to score Audi's first GT class win.
    Mike Fitzgerald qualified the No. 38 Porsche GT3 Cup next to pole-sitter Galati. For 12-laps Fitzgerald trailed Galati with the possibility of adding to his World Challenge win streak – as of Las Vegas he had three consecutive victories. Unfortunately, on lap-14, he pitted and retired with a bent control arm on the right rear of the car.
    Jeff McMillin qualified fourth at Las Vegas. During the race, he was passed by a number of cars including his chief rival for the title – Bobby Archer. But despite not winning a single event in 2000 McMillin was able to capture the World Challenge GT title. This feat was accomplished through top ten finishes – his best result and only podium of the year was a second at Road Atlanta and his worst a ninth at Laguna Seca.
    Bill Cooper in the No. 01 Pirate Racing Chevrolet Corvette leads championship contender Bobby Archer in the Dodge Viper GTS, the Ford Mustang of Boris Said, the RealTime Racing BMW of Peter Cunningham and 2000 series champion Jeff McMillin.
    Boris Said qualified fifth and ran with the lead pack during the race until he received a 'stop and go' penalty for passing under the yellow. He ignored the black flag four times before he came into the pits. Despite this setback, which sent him back to twelfth place, he was able to move his Mustang up to fourth at the checkered flag.
    David Schardt driving the Hikari Racing Porsche GT3 Cup started eight and was third late in the race. He had a poor start after the full-course caution and was passed by Bill Cooper and Boris Said – Schardt would finish fifth.
    Towards the end of the race, Galati held a 12.834-second lead over Terry Borcheller in the No. 52 AASCO Performance Saleen SR. A late race full-course caution to retrieve the Chevrolet Corvette of Peter Polli bunched the field. Second place Borcheller made a great restart and finished just 0.105-seconds behind Galati – the closest margin of victory in the series 11-year history.
    The No. 42 BMW M3 of former series champion, Peter Cunningham, started last (forty-fifth position) after a qualifying infraction. By lap-8, Cunningham had moved up to fifteenth place and was fifth by lap-26. At the checkered flag, he was in seventh position.
    Although he would have a difficult race at Las Vegas Justin Jackson would earn the 2000 'Rookie of the Year' title at the penultimate round. He qualified fourteenth in his Porsche 993 RSR but after an on- track clash finished in twentieth. Despite his difficulties at Las Vegas Jackson had a good year finishing fifth in the final standings - 36 points clear of the next rookie competitor.
    Former series champion Peter Kitchak ran the opening rounds of the series, however, an accident at Sears Point prevented him from returning until the Las Vegas event. He was able to qualify sixteenth and finish tenth in his Porsche GT3 Cup.
    The World Challenge GT podium at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the center is Michael Galati - all smiles – after giving Audi their first World Challenge GT win. To his right is second place finisher Terry Borcheller who would win the 2000 finale at San Diego. And, third is Bill Cooper who finished fourth in the final standings with a season that included two wins.

    11Michael GalatiAudi S430-
    23Terry BorchellerSaleen Mustang SR30-
    36Bill CooperChevrolet Corvette C530-
    45Boris SaidFord Mustang30-
    58David SchardtPorsche 911 GT3 Cup30-
    67Bobby ArcherDodge Viper GTS30-
    745Peter CunninghamBMW M330-
    84Jeff McMillinBMW M330-
    99John HeinricyChevrolet Corvette C530-
    1016Peter KitchackPorsche 911 GT3 Cup30-
    1112Eric CurrenChevrolet Corvette C530-
    1210Derek BellAudi S430-
    1320Paul BrownSaleen Mustang SR30-
    1419Joe VardeDodge Viper GTS30-
    1513Frank AllersChevrolet Corvette C530-
    1611Scott BovePorsche 911 GT3 Cup30-
    1718Reese CoxChevrolet Corvette C530-
    1828Ross ThompsonChevrolet Corvette C430-
    1915Phil McClureChevrolet Corvette C529-
    2014Justin JacksonPorsche 911 RSR29-
    2121Alain ChebeirBMW Z3 Coupe29-
    2238Michael JudySaleen Mustang SR29-
    2333Tom EdwardsDodge Viper GTS29-
    2424Ken StinnettChevrolet Camaro29-
    2524RaelPorsche 911 GT3 Cup29-
    2631Bob TaylorChevrolet Corvette C529-
    2730John Rutherford IVAudi S429-
    2823Thomas Safar IISaleen Mustang SR29-
    2939Steve CarvajalSaleen Mustang28-
    3041Dan TomlinDodge Viper GTS28-
    3144Walter DethierFord Mustang27-
    3229Walter SwickBMW M327-
    3335John WernerChevrolet Corvette C426-
    3437Rick KnoopChevrolet Corvette C523-
    3540Peter PolliChevrolet Corvette22-
    3626G.J. MennenChevrolet Corvette C522-
    3721Scotty B. WhiteChevrolet Corvette C521-
    3832Jason OttPontiac Firebird17-
    392Mike FitzgeraldPorsche 911 GT3 Cup12Accident
    4022Daniel EastmanPorsche 911 RSR12Mechanical
    4143Carol HollfelderFerrari F355 Challenge11Mechanical
    4234James SofronasBMW M39Mechanical
    4327Mark AndersonPorsche 9289Accident
    4442Dennis PetersenChevrolet Corvette C50Mechanical
    4536Dan KellermeyerChevrolet Corvette C50DNS

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