The Minnie Pearl “Minnie Challenge” Fund Raiser event hosted by Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy Nashvill, Tn. October 31, 2008:  

The Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy hosted the third annual “Minnie Challenge” at Nashville International Raceway on October 25-26.  The event is a fund-raiser for the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and netted over $25,000 for the charity.  Open to all types of cars and motorcycles, over 50 cars and 50 motorcycles signed up for the safe driving clinic and performance driving school with all proceeds donated to the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation.

“I’m proud of our involvement with Minnie Pearl,” said Phil Wicks.  “In the past 3 years, we have raised thousands of dollars for the charity and I think that the participants in each driving academy have had a good time as well.  The Minnie Pearl people are a great bunch of dedicated professionals and it is an honor to be an integral part of their fund-raising activities.”

InMini Mania Racine Mini Cooper S addition to the driving academy, the event hosted the final round of the North American MINI Challenge series and the championship was won by Clark Brownstein driving his Mini Mania sponsored MINI Cooper S.  Brownstein wrapped up the championship with a 7th place finish in the NAMCC race. 

With only one Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy event left on the calendar, a special 2008 return visit to Virginia International Raceway, Phil Wicks officials turn their attention to next year’s exciting schedule with both east and west coast events on the calendar.  2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mini Cooper as well as the 50th anniversary of Phil Wicks’ first racing a Mini Cooper on the tracks of Europe.  To mark the occasion, there are several special events scheduled to highlight the milestone anniversary.  Expanded events are planned to coincide with each stop on the schedule including a greater focus on Solo 1 events and the very successful “Time Trial” events introduced in 2008.

2009 is going to be a breakthrough season for us,” added Wicks.  “We have more events scheduled including the largest Mini gatherings of the year at Las Vegas’ “Mini Vacation at Las Vegas”, the “East Meets West” Mini event and a once-in-a-great-while opportunity to take your MINI onto the legendary Infineon Raceway for a Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy event that kicks off the MINI Mystery Tour event.  It is going to be a very exciting season of Phil Wicks MINI events.”The Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy is the world’s best known and most active MINI Cooper driving academy.  The organization has developed the Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy as well as the North American MINI Cooper Challenge (NAMCC) and Solo 1 Championships.  Series sponsors include Mini Mania, the official race parts supplier, MavTV, the official television network that broadcasts select events of the NAMCC as well as Precision Motoring, ALTA MINI Performance and Hendrick Automotive Group.  For more information, visit the Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy website at