Overview of the Legends Cars Series
Legends Cars are created by 600 Racing, Inc. and sanctioned by INEX, Corp. to provide a fun and affordable racing opportunity in which anyone (experienced or inexperienced) can compete. This series fights the high costs involved in racing and the rules are strictly enforced to ensure safety and cost control.
Getting Back to the Grassroots Foundation of Auto Racing
In 1992, the officials at Charlotte Motor Speedway began noticing a great need all across North America. This need was very simple: an affordable race car with a unique design that requires little maintenance time and cost. This was brought about because many short tracks have allowed the cost of their competing race cars to escalate out of control with "loose" rules. These weekend warriors were having to spend $20,000 to $50,000 just to put a race car an the track and another $50,000 to $100,000 just to keep it competitive and on the track for a full year.
Car counts began to drop drastically, and at this moment, CMS officials estimate that 30% to 40% of the race cars in North America are not in competition today because of cost. One may suspect that the recent economic recession caused the drastic drop in car counts; however, this is a false assumption because racing has always thrived during times of recession. Why? Racing is a powerful and addictive sport for those that compete, and when times get tough, racers become very ingenious and find some way to get to the track. After further research CMS officials noticed that when car costs went over $20,000, participation dwindled. Tracks featuring cars in the $10,000 to $15,000 price range with low maintenance expenses (cost of racing a car per race) had significantly increased car counts.
CMS officials also recognized that tracks themselves began to downsize. The traditional 1/2-mile speedways of the 1950s and 60s have either closed or become smaller. The majority of new tracks built are 3/8-mile or less in distance. As a result of this research, CMS officials launched 600 Racing, Inc. in January, 1992 and began a highly-accelerated research and development program into the design of a new race car that would cost under $13,000, race only on smaller tracks, be able to be towed by a light pick-up truck, have very low maintenance costs and remain simple enough so that the owner would not be required to hire a mechanic to work on the car.