The Tire Rack One Lap of America is a grueling rally and road race that requires concentration, preparation, and a well-dialed car. So of course we’re running it in a Firebird we built in three days and a stock Hellcat that the Motor Trend sales team has been using as a winter beater in Michigan. Here’s a super quick catch up as to what you can expect from us this week.
The One Lap of America was started by automotive writer, Brock Yates–inspiration for the Cannonball Run movies, and Editor Elana’s hero (and the reason she became a car writer-abouter). The Cannonball–shown in the movie as a lawless speed run from New York to Los Angeles, was a real thing, done by Brock to protest what he felt were foolish speed limit laws. He wrote a book about it. You should read it. The Cannonball was run for several years until Brock (or his employers at Car and Driver Magazine) felt the likelihood of career-ruining arrest was nigh. He moved to a rally format, focusing on street driving, which morphed into a series of road course events as participants asked for more track time. The goal is to get your team from track to track in your race machine with no outside help, and then run for points on various road courses, ovals, autocrosses, skid pads, and dragstrips.
Roadkill is running a two-car team. Our main push is to get Finnegan and guest host Tony Angelo from HOT ROD Garage to the finish in Fin’s new 1969 Pontiac Firebird, which was built from a roller in three days with the help of Diversified Creations in Michigan. Backing them up are Freiburger and Elana in the totally stock and completely unprepared black Hellcat Challenger from RK Episode 38. That wasn’t the original plan, but eh, #becauseroadkill. Plans change.
You can follow along every day on Roadkill’s Facebook page and the Tire Rack One Lap Facebook page. Several of the tracks allow spectators, so check the One Lap schedule for that. Here are some shots from building and the first day of competition here at One Lap.