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Day 5 Complete: Houston We Have a Problem!

OK I don’t know if I would call it a problem in the sense of we wrecked or anything, but more of a problem with the car liking the track. Day 5 put us in SC at Carolina Motorsports Park. We have completed 2,337 miles and 12 events! Over half way finished!

Sleeping Baby Giant

Now to new business. We have had ups and downs with our set up and getting used to the tracks. Certain tracks have proven to really mate well with our combo and others not so much. Today we are referring to it as racing on ice (slightly over exaggerated) . We struggled getting the tires to grip enough to keep the power planted to the ground. The track was 2.3 miles long for a total of 6.9 miles after 3 laps. The nice thing about that is the brakes and engine were much cooler than Sebring, but it was tough to make it all work. A couple cars had really ideal set ups and were running flat out fast. We did much better in the afternoon session and finished 3rd.

Strategy Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided to change our strategy for the next few days and we will see how that works for us.  Our crew we run with had a slight issue with a splitter coming unfastened after hitting some debris in the road. We stopped by a local Ace Hardware for a quick repair. After that, we hit the road to Virginia.

Day 3 Complete: Road Atlanta was crazy!

On Day 3 we woke up in Atlanta Georgia. Our 2 scheduled events for the day were held at Road Atlanta which is an old school track with big speeds and fast corners. It was not the longest track that we will see this week but it has some scary blind turns. By that I mean drive well over a 100 mph over a crest of a hill and the track that you think is straight on the other side has a nice turn immediately. As an example one car was hauled off the track after a crash on the warm up lap and during the warm up lap you are not even in full race mode.

We struggled at this track more than yesterday figuring it out and working out a small issue with the car. In the end the car is in one piece and so are we so now it’s time to mentally prepare for Sebring Florida. Road food is getting old but we did score a good meal and a couple beers at a nice outdoor restaurant that served dinner late. That goes a long a way mentally because granola bars and McDonalds are already starting to get to us.

Check out the pic of our front wheels. Those used to be gray.Major heat and brake dust.  Day 4, Tuesday, will be racing in Sebring Florida.

We transit with this Porsche and GTR after each event.

Day 2 Complete: Success and the carnage has started!

Day 2 started off in Memphis Tennessee. We arrived at Memphis International Raceway at 7am to get ready for one of the longer days of racing. Day 2 consisted of 4 events. 2 road courses, 1 top ET drag race and 1 bracket drag race.

We are running a new Continental tire called the Extreme Contact Sport. These tires worked really well today and have been a great tire for the various types of events we have to run the Mustang through. Remember you have to run the same tires all week so they need to be desirable for rain and dry and wear decent on the highway. The officials brand the tires with OLOA2017 to monitor that no tires have been changed.

The first event today was the first time we were able to drive these tires hard. We were pretty much guessing from past experience on what pressures to run and after a few laps around the track we only had to make minor adjustments. We ran the 2nd event with new pressures and found that to be perfect. The car held together nicely but some were not so lucky.

We were only half way into day 2 and A LOT of cars were on jack stands. Walking around we found one car broke a crank shaft and needed a new engine, a couple had rear end issues, one broke a coil spring, and some more with minor issues. That is how hard everybody was driving today as to most it is all about winning. You just have to remember we have 8 days of this so sometimes you just don’t lean on it as hard as you could.

The last half of the day went just as well as the first. We had no issues during the drag racing events and the Mustang’s 700 plus horsepower was loving the drag strip as much as the road courses. I will say MIR is a very cool track and we loved the way it was set up.

We finished the day with a first and third place in the road course events and a first and third place in the drag race events. That is just what we needed from a points stand point.  Atlanta Georgia is next for day 3. Cars will continue to break and we hope ours is not one of them.

Day 1 Complete: Heading to Memphis next!

We are all fired up  for the Tire Rack Brock Yates One Lap Of America. Day 1 started off in South Bend Indiana. We headed up Friday for the tech inspection. After passing tech we had a drivers meeting to go over the rules for the next 8 days. Saturday morning was the official start to day 1 and they had two events in store for us.

The first event was held in South Bend at the Tire Rack headquarters. Its called a wet skid pad and basically they run sprinklers on the skid pad and with your wipers running you are timed driving the skid pad to measure your G’s. The second event for the day was held at Grissom Air Force Base. That was set up as an auto cross. These are the two events that our Gas Monkey Energy Brenspeed Mustang struggles with the most. We have a lot of power and that is something that is not needed at either of those events. Nimble cars that handle well and hug the ground are great for those events. I believe a Ford Focus won the skid pad beating the fastest cars in the field, see…. power does not matter (for now).

After the two events we headed out to Memphis Tennessee. Day 2 of the race is held at Memphis International Raceway.  We drove 627 Miles on Day 1 and put two events behind us. We have 4 events on day 2 so its going to be a long day for sure.

 

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.