Saturday, March 28, 2009

Just Five Weeks to Go!

Hello all.....time is flying now and there is so much yet to accomplish! There are just five plus weeks before the Drive to End Prostate Cancer golf tournament and the start of the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America.

The golf tournament plans are really starting to come together and I have lit a bevy of candles to the weather gods that we have sunny skies and fair temperatures. There are 23 foursomes ready to take on Westwood Country Club and we are hoping to gather in a few more for the first year of this tourney. It's going to be a fun day and a great outing to promote ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer and its programs.

As I mentioned in the previous blog below, we were in the process of setting up a happy hour to promote the One Lap car and hopefully raise additional donations to support the Drive to End Prostate Cancer. Well, I am here to report that Lisa Scala of Herman Miller has secured a location and date for our "Stick It to Prostate Cancer" happy hour. We will have ZERO themed stickers that will be provided for a donation that can then be personalized and stuck on the One Lap car. The details for the event are in the column to the right under "Stick It to Prostate Cancer Event". Please come out and support this great cause in men's health and make some new friends. I look forward to seeing everyone who can make it out.

As far as One Lap preparations are concerned, my co-driver this year is famed BMW club member and instructor Woody Hair of Arlington, VA. This will be Woody's eighth One Lap, but first with us partnered. We are both headed to Summit Point on April 8th for a day of testing and getting Woody some seat time in the 335i which he has never driven at speed on a track. We have changed the rear spring set up from last year (moved from 500 lb springs to 1,000 lb springs) and so I am anxious to "feel" the difference in the handling and transitions. I'll provide an update on our test date. In the meantime, Road Race Technologies (RRT) will also be making a few final preparations on the car as far as safety and performance options. The week before we depart for South Bend and the One Lap event, RRT will wrap up the general maintenance items on the car and hopefully we are good to go. Woody and I are both looking forward to the adventure.

That's all for now....thanks for reading and the continued interest in the Drive to End Prostate Cancer!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Drive to End Prostate Cancer

Well, it has been quite a while since I posted a blog and the completion of last years One Lap for Life - Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. What has not stopped though, is the continuing march of men being diagnosed with and lost to prostate cancer. That is why we are again preparing for the 2009 One Lap of America and raising donations in support of ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer (, formerly the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.

This years campaign is the One Lap for Life / Drive to End Prostate Cancer. Why the addition to the One Lap for Life? It is an obvious play on words as we have organized a golf tournament at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, VA in conjunction with the One Lap event. We have many sponsors involved with the golf event and a great tournament title sponsor in Patella Woodworking. The tournament event date is Monday, April 27 and there are still several openings available for sponsors and participants. Hopefully we can fill them in support of this very important cause in men's health.

We are also planning to have the car at several events around the Washington DC metro area where individuals can put their own personalized ZERO sticker on the One Lap car for a donation. This will be a great way to get people involved and raise awareness. Please stay tuned to the One Lap for Life blog for updates on these events.

I will also be posting updates as we move closer to the golf tournament and the start of the One Lap of America. We have a test and tune date with the car (same BMW 335i) at Summit Point Raceway on April 8th. In regards to a test and tune for the golf tournament, there is no hope for us, so we have opted to stay home on weekends and leave the golf to the "pros". So again, please check the blog site for updates. In fact, there is a "Subscribe for Updates" link on the blog that will allow you to receive e-mail notifications of any updates. Just sign up, it's easy and I promise you'll love the stories.