Sunday, April 22, 2012

NASA Time Trial - Test Video #2

This video saved at a higher resolution and was taken from my in car at the March NASA Time Trials at Virginia International Raceway in my old beloved 1988 E30 M3 (Robert Grace has her now).

LeMons - Video Test #1

This is a test.  We are hoping to post some videos this year from the One Lap.  This is an out-take of a few of my laps at the 24 Hours of LeMons race at New Jersey Motorsports Park this past weekend.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America Countdown

Another year has passed and Lap Puppy Rafael Garces and I are less than two weeks away from beginning an adventure in lunacy that is the Tire Rack One Lap of America.  We'll be conducting our on track business and nightly transits in a 2011 BMW M3 - Competition Package.  This will be my 6th One Lap and Rafael's first.  My better half continues to inquiry as to when I'll stop doing this crazy event.  I'd like to think at this point, never.  Sorry Suze.

Brock Yates (OLOA organizer and chief loonie) is dragging the nut farm entirely west this year from the Tire Rack Headquarters in South Bend, IN, our home base of sorts.  We'll make it virtually to Denver, CO before making a u-turn and heading east.  Transits through Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska could be exciting this time of the year - dodging those pesky little weather anomolies called twisters.  Last weekend saw 120 tornados in Oklahoma.  Yikes!!!

Over the past few days, the car has been lovingly prepped by RRT Racing (Road Race Technologies) in Sterling, VA.  Thanks gents....your continued support is greatly appreciated!!

Justin Good of Redline Design has also completed the graphics on the car - recogonizing all the gracious corporate sponsors.  Thanks Justin (and Nickie) for a wonderful job - again.  The car looks great and has received many compliments in just two short days.  I'll get some photos up this week!  Have a safe trip home to FLA.  Could not do it without your help.

Between now and our departure Team Save the Males will be headed to Summit Point Raceway to conduct some wet skid pad testing and hopefully some hot laps on the Summit Point main circuit.  The lap puppy (that's a OLOA first timer if yu have not figured that out yet) has never driven my M3, so we figure some seat time might be a good idea.  I also want to secure a few laps in the seat with the tires under me we are running this year - Michelin Pilot Super Sports.  These were the tire of choice at last years event.  I'll report on our testing.

I hope a few of you will follow us in our adventures over the course of the next few weeks.  It should be exciting.  Our goals are simple; bring the car home in one piece and finish, have fun, see old friends and make new ones, finish in the top 20, and of course beat the snot out of Neil Simon and Woody Hair.  And like every year, we'll be remembering Tom Holcomb as we travel the roads of America.  Miss you Tommy and wish we could have had this adventure together - I know you are with us though.