With lead development engineer Bill Rietow at the wheel and drive quality powertrain engineer John Townsend as the navigator, a (mostly stock) 2012 Buick Regal GS managed to take the win in the 120 mph Grand Touring class during Nevada’s Silver State Classic Challenge this past weekend.
The Challenge is an open road rally on a remote, two-lane, 90-mile-long section of Nevada State Highway 318. The biannual event, now in its 24th year, sees participating cars reach speeds exceeding 200 mph; the Grand Touring class allowed Townsend and Rietow to go all the way up to 140 mph, but the team only needed to push the Regal, capable of a 150 mph top speed, to 137 to maintain a course speed average that resulted in a .019 second deviation from the perfect 45-minute time of course completion.
When’s the last time you heard of a Buick winning a sanctioned race? Hats off to the whole team. Maybe they can teach Corvette and Cadillac Racing a thing or two.