1000 Miglia opened registrations for the 2019 Warm Up USA training and USA championship race that will take place in and around Washington, D.C. from Wednesday, October 23rd to Saturday, October 26th, 2019. The event will feature one day of regularity rally training, followed by a three-day race in the true 1000 Miglia style and format with celebratory finish on Italian soil at Villa Firenze, the Italian Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. The partners for the event include the Italian Embassy in Washington, Alfa Romeo, Chopard, Alitalia and the Summit Point Motorsports Park.
After the success of the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2018, this year 1000 Miglia srl organizes the first formal competition race outside of Italy and the overall winner will be awarded the inaugural Coppa USA (USA Cup).
The event is reserved for up to 40 cars in two classes: the 1000 Miglia Era Class and the Post-1000 Miglia Era Class. The first will be open to 1000 Miglia eligible cars, built between 1927 and 1957, as well as significant sports and grand touring cars built during the same period; the second will be open to sports, grand touring and supercars cars built from 1958 to present.
The crews will be divided into two categories: novice and veteran, based on the number of participations in the last seven editions of the 1000 Miglia. Veteran competitors are the crews with at least one driver with experience in two or more 1000 Miglia between 2013 and 2019 and novice competitors are those with less or no experience in the 1000 Miglia. In addition to the Coppa USA (reserved for the winner of the 1000 Miglia Era Class), crews will also compete for eight guaranteed entries to the 1000 Miglia race in May 2020. These guaranteed entries will be distributed to the two top veteran competitors in each class (1000 Miglia Era and Post-1000 Miglia Era) and two top novice competitors in each class.
The 1000 Miglia is a dream event for millions of automotive enthusiasts around the world and the intimate format of this event offers a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to interact with 1000 Miglia management and staff in a compelling Spirit of 1000 Miglia competitive experience meant to match the technical race characteristics of the modern day race in Italy.
Wednesday 23rd October will be reserved as the warm-up race training day at nearby Summit Point Motorsports Park – the 1000 Miglia technical partner for the event. The instruction will include road book and regularity race training with 1000 Miglia instructors on the challenging Shenandoah circuit.
The USA championship race will cover over 500 miles and will start Thursday, October 24th in Middleburg, Virginia and end on Saturday, October 26th in Washington, DC. The routes for Thursday and Friday will start and end in Middleburg – in the heart of Virginia horse and wine country – and the host hotel selected for the these days is the Salamander Resort and Spa. Last year the resort was one of only three properties in the U.S. to be recognized by Forbes Travel Guide for both its accommodations and spa in a separate ranking of “World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and Spas.” On Saturday, the race will start in Middleburg, pass though Point of Rocks, Maryland with a stop at Congressional Country Club, before passing near the U.S. Capitol, and ending, on Italian soil, at Villa Firenze. The 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 will conclude on Saturday evening with a gala dinner and awards ceremony for competitors, dignitaries, and guests. The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. will be the host hotel accommodation for the final night.
Participants in the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 will enjoy a true Spirit of 1000 Miglia experience with top level hospitality, expert instruction, beautiful roads, competitive time trials, historic locations, and networking with the 1000 Miglia organization.
Entries will close onSeptember 9, 2019, at 11:59 pm Italian time (5:59 pm USA Eastern time and 2:59 pm USA Pacific time).