It's been called the "motorsport vacation of a lifetime" and "summer camp for car people".
8 tracks in 8 days
3500 highway miles in-between (6-8 hour drive each night)
one set of tires
no limits on car prep
no support vehicles
It is the spiritual heir to the original Cannonballs that Yates organized and wrote about in Car & Driver magazine. The distance is the same as the cross-country trip, but the high speed aspects are now held only on tracks, in a time trial format. Thrown in for good measure are typically an autocross, drags, skid pad, and sometimes a circle track.
The route always starts/ends at the Tire Rack in South Bend, IN, as they are the primary sponsor, but the rest of the route varies. This year is primarily in the northeast and upper Midwest, with the track list including Pittrace, Palmer, Summit Point, National Corvette Museum, Road America, and Autobahn. The Tire Rack test track is used for both wet and dry skid pad contests. Event info here: http://www.OneLapofAmerica.com
My wife and I have run this event for the past seven years, finishing in the top ten overall six times. We enter on behalf of the presenting sponsor, Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, where I am a regular contributor.
This year, we are running our new-to-us 2012 12C that we recently bought from forum member Snowhorn (Josh). Should be an epic trip.
I'll try to keep this thread updated, but to follow all the action as it happens, go to http://www.facebook.com/OneLapMcLaren
We'll even be doing some live FB video broadcasts from on the road.
The event starts this Saturday, April 30, but we are currently on the road pre-running a couple of the tracks that are new to us. Unfortunately, we threw an engine fault code during testing at Summit Point yesterday and the car is now at McLaren of Philadelphia under the care of super-tech Kevin Hines and Service Manager Matt Gramling. They've been great to work with. Hopefully, nothing major (underboost - Bank One is the fault). Josh as also been super helpful in communicating the car's past service history.