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 Brock 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 Midwest, with the track list including Nelson Ledges, Brainerd, Road America, Hastings, Blackhawk Farms and NCM. The Tire Rack test track is used for both wet and dry skid pad contests...autocross is at Grissom AFB and drags are at Brainerd. Event info here: http://www.OneLapofAmerica.com
My wife and I have run this event for the past nine years, finishing in the top ten overall eight times. We enter on behalf of the presenting sponsor, Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, where I am a regular contributor.
In recent years, we've run our 12C and 570S...finishing 2nd Overall last year, and first in class. This year, we are running our new 720S that we recently bought from Chris Blank at McLaren Beverley Hills. 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
2018 thread (570) here: https://www.mclarenlife.com/forums/m...3=#post1600705
2016 thread (12C) here:
Recent shot of the car at COTA...