Thursday, May 3, 2012
Diary of a wanna be race car driver.
Update. Many friends have been asking me to update them on the progress of the One Lap and what's it like out here. This is my sad attempt at writing it and posting it. I will keep this updated as well as have Live Video/Audio of the event. The event is May 5th - May 12th. I wanted to post to tell my friends and family about One Lap and exactly what it is. So what is it? The One Lap of America is a motorsports event in the United States that has been held since 1984. It is the successor to the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an underground auto race of the 1970s. The premise for both is to drive cross-country, but the One Lap of America respects speed limits. Competition occurs as time trials held at various race tracks around the country. The competitors drive from race track to race track, (often driving 24 hours at a time) without the benefit of support crews. The field of competitors is divided into several classes based primarily on original manufacturers suggested retail prices and number of doors. Competitors may make any modifications to their vehicles as they see fit but must run on a single set of tires throughout the entire event. Race track events are time trials with up to eight cars on track at a time. Competition is for fastest time rather than wheel-to-wheel racing. Now that you all know what it is, I want to introduce my co-driver in the event and master mechanic Derek Heim. He has been the most important person in this process. Without his motor head knowledge and attention to detail, I would not be able to even register for this event. Derek owns EI Racing in Central Florida.