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Dedicated to the history of the IMSA Kelly American Challenge

The Kelly Girl Series 1977-1982

The Kelly American Challenge was actually called the "Kelly Girl Series" up until the 1982 season -- depending on who you believe the story goes that the racers claimed the term "Kelly GIrl" made it difficult to get sponsorship since the sponsors thought it sounded like an escort service! -- Gene Felton can be credited with helping spur the rename to "Kelly American Challenge" which was much more amenable to sponsorship dollars -

These are some of the rarest cars around since most never made it past the 82' season, and nearly all were either converted to circle-track cars or went to the auto crusher - if you have one or know of one let me know!

Photos from this rare series: (click on photo)