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Day 1 - 632 Miles

Sunday, 01 May 2011 06:00

South Bend, IN -

Started off with wet skid pad today. Less than stellar results compared to our surprising 3rd place finish last year, pulling 0.88g in the wet. Tires played a huge role. Last year the Dunlop Direzza Star Specs (long name, I know...) were great in the cold and wet. We chose Hankook Ventus RS-3 after testing them out late last season. They hold up to higher temperatures better and lap times don't drop as drastically compared with the Dunlops which should give us an advantage on the road courses. The results this time, on a newly paved skid pad was a 0.72g run. Only good enough for 47th place. Lateral g's were generally lower as the track was significantly wetter than last year (we had alot of wind last year that helped dry half the track). Othe economy class cars, Andy Hollis' K24 swapped CRX and the Mazda 'Speed2' Turbo placed 24th and 4th respectively. The latter on the same dunlops we ran last year, doh!

Grissom AFB -

Nice to finally run on a proper SCCA sized autocross course. The venues we have in Ontario are pretty limited in size so it was good to be able to use all the 305hp of our twincharged 1.6L mill. Unfortunately, our first run was hampered by a cold temp boost cut at 16psi since we got on the track without warming up the motor. Having fixed that for the second run, a tank slapper at the start of the run slowed my chances once again, a 55s run. Third and final run laid down a 52.9s run, which would have been good enough for 7th...had I not taken down a cone! That 2s penalty put me down in 17th. Not a great start to the week!

Video to follow...

John and I just got into our 'hotel' (at least they have wifi) for the night after a beautiful and fun drive through Maryland and Virginia. Today was the second longest transit stage of the week, having just covered 550 miles from Grissom to West Virginia. Tomorrow is our first track event at Summit Motorsports Park.

 

2011 One Lap of America

Sunday, 01 May 2011 05:34

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The 2011 One Lap of America starts in South Bend, Indiana. It's an 8 day event that has street legal cars, 'cleverly disguised as race cars' traversing 12 states and 3500 miles across the US, visiting a new race track (or two) each day to compete for the title of the fastest street car in North America. While there may be faster cars on the street, very few could handle the daily competition and miles we'll cver in just one week. The competition starts at Tire Rack headwuarters in South Bend where we begin with the traditional wet skid pad challenge. On the same day we compete in an autocross at Grissom AFB. Time trial competitions on closed circuit race tracks follow at Summit Point, West Virginia, Carolina Motorsports park and BMW Performance Centre in South Carolina before we head to the famed Daytona Speedway in Florida. Following those, are drag race at Gainesville, and more time trials at Grand Bayou, Louisiana and Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama before we make a 700 mile trek up to Autobahn Country Club near Chicago. The event then ends at Tire Rack with the dry skidpad event. OLOA-Map-bog.jpg

   

2011 Season starts...yesterday!

Sunday, 01 May 2011 05:28

It's been a long winter for us while we prepare for the start of the motorsports season in Ontario, Canada. This year we begin with the Tire Rack One Lap of America presented by Motortrend Magazine. In our second year competing in this week long event we drive the twincharged Civic again, hoping to best our 8th place finish last year. The competition looks tough this year with a much larger field of cars - we're up to 74 cars, and many familiar faces from last year. It appears the number of GTR's and 911's are multiplying.

This year, Jon Weir won't be joining me as co-driver due to other obligations however another John will be at the wheel during the transit stages. John Harrison is a veteran of One Lap, having competed in the 84' and 89' OLOA events. The competition was a different beast back then, with the course covering 11,000 miles compared to the comparitively 'measily' 3500 miles we'll be doing this week. More interesting however are the cars that John drove in previous One Laps, a Lamborghini LM002 in his last one. John is also the yougest person to ever compete in the original Cannonball run, having done it in a Lotus Esprit in 79'.

Keep checking back for regular updates to this site. Having decided to run OLOA this year only a couple weeks ago, it has been a mad rush to get things in order and I haven't been able to post as regularly as I'd like. That should change now while we're on the road. Bunch of posts to follow...

-WC

   

Modified Magazine coverage

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 15:18

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Over the winter, we had a feature article in Modified Magazine, January issue covering our 2010 One Lap of America Adventure. It's available online now at the link below.

http://www.modified.com/features/modp-1101-no-guts-no-glory/index.html

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In the March 11' issue we reviewed a set of Hankook Z214 C71 compound, their stickiest DOT-rated tire and compared it to what is arguably the best street tire on the market today, the Hankook Ventus RS-3. Read the review in the link below.

http://www.modified.com/features/modp-1102-hankook-ventus-z214/index.html

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We've got a new website!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 14:35

Welcome! We've transitioned most articles from our wordpress site (enmoracing.wordpress.com) to this one. Follow this blog as we design, build and compete in the One Lap of America, Ontario Time Attack, and other racing series.

   

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