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2017 One Lap of America Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

MAY 6
Tire Rack Wet Skid Pad
08:00 | Time Trial

MAY 6
Grissom Air Force Base
13:30 | Other

MAY 7
Memphis Motorsports Park Road Course
08:30 | Time Trial

MAY 7
Memphis Motorsports Park Road Course
12:30 | Time Trial

MAY 7
Memphis Motorsports Park Drag Strip
14:30 | Bracket Drag

MAY 7
Memphis Motorsports Park Drag Strip
15:00 | Bracket Drag

MAY 8
Road Atlanta Grand Prix Course
08:30 | Time Trial

MAY 8
Road Atlanta Grand Prix Course
12:30 | Time Trial

MAY 9
Sebring International Raceway
08:30 | Time Trial

MAY 9
Sebring International Raceway
12:30 | Time Trial

MAY 9
Grassroots Motorsports Offices Passage Control
16:00 | Passage Control

MAY 10
Carolina Motorsports Park National Standard Track
08:30 | Time Trial

MAY 10
Carolina Motorsports Park National Standard Track
12:30 | Time Trial

MAY 11
Dominion Raceway Road Course
08:30 | Time Trial

MAY 11
Dominion Raceway Road Course
12:30 | Time Trial

MAY 11
Dominion Raceway Paved Oval
13:00 | Time Trial

MAY 12
Gingerman Raceway
09:00 | Time Trial

MAY 12
Gingerman Raceway
13:00 | Time Trial

MAY 13
Tire Rack Dry Skid Pad
08:00 | Skid Pad

2017 One Lap of America

Here we go again.  Its time for the 2017 Brock Yates’ One Lap of America.  Gas Monkey Garage and Brenspeed have teamed up together again for the 3rd year to make the run on a all new route.

After taking the WIN in our class in the 2016 OLA, we are looking too defend the title this year the 2017 course.

The Race begins Saturday May 6th in South Bend Indiana at the Tire Rack Head Quarters and ends at the exact same place 7 days later on May 13th 2017.

Check out the Blue line on the map above.  That is the 7 day route the racers must travel stopping each day and competing in a racing event.  When that days event is over then its off to the next track.  Racers are scored on each event and the totals are tallied up at the end to determine the winner.  There are multiple classes competing and a large assortment of different vehicles.

These are 2 person driving teams with no support vehicles.  They are on their own during this massive road trip utilizing only what they can pack in their cars and making friends along the way.

Check the this link to the Brock Yates’ One Lap of America website for more details.  PLUS a listing of all the stops if you want to come out and spectate.  Please do and cheer on the GMG/Brenspeed Team for the win.

2016 ONE LAP OF AMERICA

2016 One Lap RouteHere we go again.  Its time for the 2016 Brock Yates’ One Lap of America.  Gas Monkey Garage and Brenspeed have teamed up together again this year to make the run on a all new route.

The Race begins Saturday April 30th 2016 in South Bend Indiana at the Tire Rack Head Quarters and ends at the exact same place 7 days later on May 7th 2016.

Check out the green line on the map above.  That is the 7 day route the racers must travel stopping each day and competing in a racing event.  When that days event is over then its off to the next track.  Racers are scored on each event and the totals are tallied up at the end to determine the winner.  There are multiple classes competing and a large assortment of different vehicles.

These are 2 person driving teams with no support vehicles.  They are on their own during this massive road trip utilizing only what they can pack in their cars and making friends along the way.

Check the this link to the Brock Yates’ One Lap of America website for more details.  PLUS a listing of all the stops if you want to come out and spectate.  Please do and cheer on the GMG/Brenspeed Team for the win.

2016 One Lap of America

2016 One Lap RouteHere we go again.  Its time for the 2016 Brock Yates’ One Lap of America.  Gas Monkey Garage and Brenspeed have teamed up together again this year to make the run on a all new route.

 The Race begins Saturday April 30th 2016 in South Bend Indiana at the Tire Rack Head Quarters and ends at the exact same place 7 days later on May 7th 2016.

Check out the green line on the map above.  That is the 7 day route the racers must travel stopping each day and competing in a racing event.  When that days event is over then its off to the next track.  Racers are scored on each event and the totals are tallied up at the end to determine the winner.  There are multiple classes competing and a large assortment of different vehicles.

 These are 2 person driving teams with no support vehicles.  They are on their own during this massive road trip utilizing only what they can pack in their cars and making friends along the way.

Check the this link to the Brock Yates’ One Lap of America website for more details.  PLUS a listing of all the stops if you want to come out and spectate.  Please do and cheer on the GMG/Brenspeed Team for the win.

2015 DAY 8 COMPLETE! FINISHED, AWARDS, 2ND PLACE AND BEST APPEARANCE


IMG_3707Its crazy to think today was the final day of this event. It really felt like 2 days instead of a 8. I have never experienced anything so fast paced. There is zero time to think about anything but this race. It brings a new meaning to the word focus. This morning we woke up in South Bend Indiana the final location for the Brock Yates One Lap Of America. Not only did we make great time on the drive last night we actually got to have beers for a couple hours with racers talking about the intense week of racing. On day 1 you see a lot of a new faces and by day 8 everybody is a family. It is a truly awesome experience. This morning we finished the race on another skid pad. Because we were on the skid pad once already this week we knew we were out handled by some of the cars. Unfortunately the race today did not require raw power which we have plenty of but requires the ability to drive really really fast in a small circle without sliding. They are measuring what is called lateral G’s. We knew before this event that even if we got first place in todays event we still would not get enough points to move into the number 1 position. It was really close in the end. We finished 4th place on the skid pad today and remained in the number 2 position in our class but the day was not over. After the race we had an awards banquet held at Tire Rack in South Bend Indiana.  Boyd Coddington Jr. was at the awards and presented us the 2015 Boyd Coddington Best Vehicle Appearance award. That was just awesome. We finished the entire event 2nd place in class, received the Boyd Coddington Best Appearance Award, and finished the entire event as the fastest Mustang in the class in points and time. This was a great experience and not only did we get a ton of development on the car this week but we met really fun people. We learned to operate on no sleep and luckily Chris and I are almost exactly alike. No drama, and just a lot of good times. We made a great team, and the car functioned amazingly. Thanks to all the sponsors and everybody at Brenspeed that helped with this project. One Lap, see you next year.

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2015 DAY 7 COMPLETE! RACING & SPINNING OUT ON THE NEW MCM ROAD COURSE!

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Friday we raced at MCM Road Course in Bowling Green Kentucky. We scored 1.5 hours of sleep, a shower, and it was time to hit the track. Bowling Green is known as Corvette Territory as they are manufactured right down the road from this course. The social media department from the Corvette Museum stopped by to interview us. Even though this is Corvette headquarters the Mustang was a big hit with them.  This course was one of the faster courses. It had some long straights that would allow us to really get some insane speed out of the Mustang. This would in the end almost take us out of the race. Big Chris and I road our Razor scooters on the 3.2 mile course first thing in morning. We decided Big Chris should man the wheel on this course and my exact words were “Chris, Balls to the wall, all or nothing, we need the points”. On the first lap of the race Big Chris took my words pretty literally. Coming off a big straight and at an undisclosed ridiculous MPH Chris came out of a turn and the Mustang started to spin around on him. Chris corrected but with the weight of the car and the speed combined there was not really a way the car was going to recover. From the side of the track I saw the car fish tailing and he was looking for a recovery but we could tell he was heading towards the concrete wall. Now positioned 180 degrees (moving in reverse) from where he started the back of the car was a fraction of a second from the wall at a pretty high speed. With luck on our side the car missed the wall by about 12 inches as the wall stopped and he had went by it at the end. Here is the crazy part. Tires screeching the car is now in forward motion and Chris is banging the gears back onto the track as hard as he was before. It was not exactly a recovery, but he was not going to let that spin out take us 100% out of the race. We still got 3rd place on that race and missed 2nd place by less than 1 second. That’s pretty insane to still place where we did when we had the worse spin off the track in One Lap Of America history. We took 2nd place in the afternoon session. 1 Day of racing left, and only a 6 hour drive tonight. If it works out, we may get to actually sit down for a beer and dinner before bed for once. It has been one crazy week. Next stop, SOUTH BEND INDIANA!

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2015 TEAM EFFORT: STOPPED BY MOUNTAIN GROVE MISSOURI & MET SOME FANS

IMG_3660This is day 6 of the race and today Big Chris and I ended up in Mountain Grove Missouri seeking out some help with another racers GTR. Although on the track racing is everybody for themselves, off the track everybody in this event really wants to help each other. Bob’s GTR  developed an oil leak and the awesome folks at Booger Motors were fans of the cars and offered their shops lift so Bob could resolve the oil issue on the GTR. These guys gave us an open invitation to equipment and tools so that was very cool. Todd and Tyson from Speed Concepts & Bob and Derek thrashed on the GTR. It was very difficult to see where the oil was coming from and after a few hours of removing just enough parts the bad news came. The turbo had a crack in the exhaust housing near the oil feed line. There was just too much oil leaking to keep competing safely, and with only 9 hours till the next race starts and we still had about 6 hours left on the road there was no way to get it repaired in time.  That is a tough break for Bob and Derek after competing for so many days then it ends with a mechanical failure in a HUGE time crunch. Thanks to everybody that helped try to get Bob and Derek back up and running. We met some nice people at the shop and even a local named Phillip (pictured with Brent above) was wearing his GMG T-Shirt. He had no idea he would get a call today that the Team Gas Monkey Brenspeed Mustang was in his town. He was VERY excited.

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2015 DAY 6 COMPLETE! BIG CHRIS DRIFTS US IN FOR TWO WINS!

IMG_3530We had another great day of racing today. This morning we were in Oklahoma on a pretty intense road course. After surviving the multiple tornado’s last night we were pretty excited to hit the track. We are pretty much exhausted at this point yet still have two days left of racing. The Mustang is a power house under the hood but is still competing on mostly factory issued suspension. We for sure are outperformed by a few of the other cars on tight turns. This means one thing. You know the term balls to the wall?  Well that has been our motto for the last few days. We have been wide open and brake hard to keep up with some of the other cars. Big Chris today sounded like a drift car around most of the corners with all 4 tires struggling to stay on earth but that style driving worked. Two first place finishes and we are on to Kentucky. Friday we race in Bowling Green. Actually today is Friday as I type this. We will arrive to Bowling Green at about 4:30 am which will be enough time to grab a shower at a hotel but probably not sleep. This will be our last leg far away from home before we finish in Indiana on Saturday. We have been lucky with zero issues out of the Brenspeed built Mustang. I am really believing all of our preparation is paying off especially with all of the breakage I have seen this week on other cars.

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2015 REALLY? TORNADOS, FLOOD’S, HAIL, CRACKED WINDSHIELD, AND NO VENDING MACHINE?

IMG_3607To start the day off a rock decided to crack our windshield. As luck would have it our crack was right where you have to look out this long drive. No biggy we were thinking much worse things could happen. So after a great day of racing today in Texas we hit the road to Oklahoma. I will say so far out of all the driving we do every night between races it has been pretty uneventful.  In no time we were in a huge traffic jam. This race is about time which we don’t have so we are pretty much used to moving cannon ball run style. Minimal stops and doing our best to get to the next location so we can catch some sleep. I think the current average is about 5 hours or less a night. We instantly get online and find the next best route because this traffic was going nowhere for at least an hour. We ended up in the country way off the highway and an instant storm came in. This was likely the hardest rain I have ever been in while in a car. Over a 20 minute period the roads went to flooded in a big way. Our phones started giving tornado alerts, cars were stranded empty either on the side or middle of the road, and we had nowhere to go. We kept moving avoiding the abandoned cars so I check the weather on my phone trying to get a radar image. The screen shows a sweet 66 degrees, and says “funnel clouds”. OK I am from Indiana and I have never seen that. Maybe that is normal out here but typically I see cloudy, rainy, maybe snowy, but funnel clouds? Now we start to feel this is getting serious and we really have nowhere to go. We finally get on a highway and it starts hailing. BAD. Cars were all over the roads hiding under every over pass, on the side of the road, and many of them were empty. At this point we just needed a place to go and luckily found an exit with a less than desirable hotel but who really cares we need shelter. Its late, we check in, I am starving, and the vending machine is missing (see below pics). I am giving up on the few minutes left today. Good night. Tomorrow is a new day.

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