|One Lap of America 2001 - Bill and Mark's Excellent Adventure!
Lawrence, reporter, WRAL: “So,
do you want to do it again?”
It turns out 10th
place was the last trophy position for one lap, and we were rewarded for
our efforts with this crystal pitcher.
Several folks came up to us afterwards and offered their
congratulations – the thing we heard most often was “gosh, I had no
idea you guys were running so high up”.
I guess this was because most of the time we kept a pretty low
profile, and quite frankly our rather boring RX-7 (at least as compared to
many of the other hot cars that showed up) drew no attention to itself.
So we really enjoyed the awards ceremony.
Nonetheless after being away from home for so long, we were anxious
to get back to North Carolina, and were ready to leave as soon as the
The first few
hours of the trip home, we just kind of basked in our own success.
It was incredibly
satisfying to put so much effort into an endeavor, and then have it come
out well. The months of
planning, and enduring the grueling week of competition had paid off.
An interesting thing occurred as we got closer to home – we
started getting on each other’s nerves!
We worked very hard the entire week to be civil to each other –
“be nice” (to each other, anyway) was the motto we tried to live by,
and up until now it had been working pretty well.
Sure there were a couple of times when our patience was thinning
with each other, but somehow we managed to never let anything get too
personal. But the ride home
was different for some reason.
We didn’t get mad at each other or anything like that – we just
got kind of snippy. Right
around the time we hit the Virginia state line, I took over the wheel and
drove, shall we say, at “elevated” speeds.
Which is not the smartest thing to do when you're driving a car
thinly disguised as a racecar. We
started to get a line of cars on our bumper like remora’s tagging along
on a shark, taking advantage of fact that WE would be the ones to get the
ticket. I didn’t
care, and it only made me drive faster.
We arrived at my house outside of Raleigh a full hour ahead of
schedule, around 8pm.
we know that my wife was planning a small welcome home party amongst
friends, and because we made such good time, we spoiled the surprise –
they didn’t have a chance to put up the balloons and posters around the
house. Oh well, we still enjoyed some champagne and
cake, and then Bill hit the road in his Miata.
To get to his own home, he still had about 1 ½ hours of driving to
do, making for a very long day indeed!
And thus ended our One Lap adventure.
We got home safe and sound, the car was in one piece, and neither
of us got a speeding ticket.
Now I’ll share with
you some random thoughts on One Lap!
Lap makes a great vacation…
One of the things
that amazed me was that Bill and I spent over 5000 miles in the RX-7, and
not once did we listen to a CD, tape, or even the radio. We brought along hours of music and books-on-tape, and never
used them. The morning
of the awards ceremony, I picked up a newspaper for the first time in a
week. We really had
virtually no idea about what had taken place anywhere else for the past 8
or 9 days. It was as if the
rest of the world did not exist for an entire week, which is exactly what
you try to accomplish when you go on vacation, but rarely achieve.
Believe me, Bill
and I are not the best conversationalists, but there was always something
to talk about or to do. Part
of that was because I was keeping up with the website, which meant about
4-6 hours a day of writing text, editing pictures, and uploading the story
to Neal. While I was typing
away, I would bounce ideas off of Bill, and Bill would help by offering up
many great suggestions. Even
if you aren’t up to the task of writing a website while you do One Lap,
you can still have fun the low tech way -- take along a scrap book and an
instant camera, and put it together as you go.
When you get home, you’ll have a great time looking back through
it, and reliving the experience with your friends.
I’m not an expert on Decal Application, but I did sleep at a Holiday
It’s a beautiful
spring day and we are full of anticipation, the day before the beginning
of One Lap. We arrived at the
“Best Western Lodge on the Green” a day early, so we could go through
registration, attend any drivers meetings, and also to put all the decals
on the car. Bill and I
are in the parking lot, applying many of the required One Lap Sponsor
decals, and also the decals we offered to put on the car for friends and
supporters. Putting the
decals on the car can be a bit tricky, because once a decal is positioned
on the car, it can’t be removed without ruining the decal.
So you get one shot at it. Large
decals are particularly tough, because little air bubbles can get trapped
under the surface, and you can end up with a decal that looks like it has
mumps, if you aren’t careful.
The trick is to wet the surface, place the decal carefully down,
and then you squeegee the water and trapped air out.
Ok, that was probably more detail than you wanted to know, but I
needed to give you the setup for what was about to happen.
So Bill and I are
putting on the large, square Pulp Racing decal on the center of the hood,
and we are struggling with it a bit.
The big square decals are the toughest of them all.
There is some guy (for convenience and the sake of this discussion,
lets just call him “Bozo”) walking around the parking lot taking
pictures. Lo’ and behold
Bozo walks right up to our car, and sticks his hand in the middle of the
decal we are still trying to position.
“Here’s how you do it,” Bozo offers, as if he knows us,
and we asked for his help!
My jaw just drops. Then
Bozo proceeds to spread out the decal on the car, acting like he has done
this millions of times. At
first we’re thinking maybe this guys knows something we don’t, but in
a couple of moments this feeling disappears as we see he is making a mess
of our decal, the most prominent decal on the car, which as I said before
sits right square in the middle of the hood.
A decal we had specially made at a sign shop to show our
appreciation to Doug Hayashi of Pulp Racing fame.
We shoo Bozo away,
and then proceed to do our best to squeegee out the numerous air bubbles
Bozo left under the surface of the decal, sometimes using a pin or a razor
to pop them. Fellow
competitors walk up to us, seeing how inept we are at applying the Pulp
Racing decal, and then offer advice on how to best apply decals (“you
know if you wet it first, then use a squeegee…”).
the kindness of strangers…”
very first day of One Lap, and Bill and I had just finished up at Watkins
Glen. Because we were running
up front with the Big Dogs (having finished 7th in the first
timed session), we got to pack up early and hit the road for our next
destination. One of the
first to get on the road for Michigan!
This is great! But
first we have to go to the intermediate checkpoint in Wyoming, NY ---
Brock Yate’s very own Cannonball Run Pub.
Only a couple of
cars were able to leave the track before us, and if we take the shortcut
we see on the map, instead of the longer route recommended by the official
“One Lap route book”, then we should be the first ones to the pub! That will get us in and out really fast, we’ll get to
Michigan sooner, then we’ll get more sleep than everyone else. We’re so smart. We’re
so proud of ourselves. What
a great way to start One Lap, as we pat ourselves on the back.
But first we
need to top off the gas tank. We
stop at a Shell station in downtown Watkins Glen, the town the racetrack
is named after. A gentleman
at the next pump (for the sake of this discussion, we’ll call him “Mr.
Lemming.”) was a One Lap groupie, and noticing the decals on our car, he
struck up a conversation.
headin’ next?” he inquired.
we’re going up to Brock Yates Cannonball Pub,” Bill offered.
I show Mr.
Lemming the route we are planning to take, and he pooh-pooh’s it. “That
will take you through too many small towns,” he says knowingly.
“Listen - I’m a One Lap fan, and I’m going there myself.
I know a great way to get there, I drive pretty quickly, so why
don’t you follow me?”. Mr.
Lemming wants very badly to be helpful.
Ok, why not. After all, our map is one of those big Road Atlas
types, and doesn’t show all the local roads – we might get lost, or
maybe Mr. Lemming knows a shortcut that isn’t on the map.
Plus, he’s a local, so surely he knows how to get there.
Maybe he even slept at a Holiday Inn.
We start off, Bill is driving, and I’m typing on the computer and
occasionally looking at the map to check our progress.
It’s looking pretty good -- Mr. Lemming seems to know where
he’s going, and is keeping a pretty good pace.
Then a few miles into the journey, the doubts appear.
“Hey Bill, do
you think that road back there was the one we wanted to take?”
We go a
several more miles, and then Mr. Lemming finally makes a turn off the
highway that appears to be in the correct general direction.
Ok, so maybe he DOES know something we don’t, as this appears to
be a pretty good road. I’m
looking at the map, and perhaps this is indeed a better way – not as
direct, but it COULD be better. And
then we pass another turn I think we should take.
And then another. And
then we hit the towns, one after the other, stop light after stop light.
This is better? I
thought he had a route that avoided all the towns?
But we soldier on, and I am silently fuming as I follow our
seemingly random progress on the map, zig-zagging across NY like drunken
sailors. Bill and I are
starting to think about how easily a body could be disposed of in the vast
wilderness makes up this region, never to be found, at least not before
the bears have gotten to it…
At last we
make it to the pub – and there is a huge crowd there ahead of us. It’s a parade atmosphere with local residents
enjoying the show put on by Brock Yates.
Brock had the local police cordon off an area for the competitors
to park their cars, close to the pub, but all the spaces are already
I didn’t take a
picture, but here is a link to a picture of the pub, taken during a
previous year’s competition by a fellow One-Lapper, if you want to get
an idea of how it looked: http://www.cspcorp.com/onelap/photos/cannonball/officers.html
In fact we were
practically the last ones to arrive at the Cannonball Run Pub - a journey
that should have taken an hour and a half, took almost two and a half
hours! We’re not feeling so
A week a
t One Lap is better than a fat farm!
Sure, you can
spend thousands of dollars for the privilege of eating nothing but rice at
Duke University ( http://www.ricedietprogram.com/index.shtml
), but wouldn’t it be better losing weight while traversing the
country in your favorite mode of transportation?
One Lap is a great way to lose weight.
It must have something to do with enduring 20+ hour days endlessly.
Once you get to the track, you spend much of the day on your feet,
and every hour you aren’t sleeping is one more hour burning calories.
I lost 5-6
lbs during the week of One Lap, this despite a diet consisting mostly of
Egg McMuffins, hamburgers and pizza.
Even Bill looks a bit more svelt.
Of course, since that time I have put it all back on and more…oh
well, easy come, easy go!
a lot of racecar drivers out there…
Day 4 - Bill and I
are in a Waffle House somewhere along the interstate between Dallas and
Atlanta, sitting down at a booth waiting for our meal.
Out in the parking lot is our car, covered in decals.
At the counter, sipping on coffee is an older man, who is somewhat
disheveled in appearance. Apparently the coffee is just something he drinks when he
wants to take a break from perpetually sampling the wines of Ernest and
Julio Gallo. And boy is he in
the mood to talk… to the waitress, to the wall, and especially to us.
In fact, we can’t get him to stop talking.
And then comes the offer… “Need a driver?”
“Uh, well, not
really, you see there just isn’t room in the car for anyone else, it
only seats two… sorry about that”.
Actually, we got
the “Need a driver?” question several times throughout the week, from
people of all walks of life. We
had no idea there were so many experienced racecar drivers in this great
land of America, and they are all willing to
help! What a country!
it’s the little things that make a difference!
this is your bed….
You’re probably going to need this…
inflatable neck pillows really work.
They keep your head supported when you are trying to sleep in a
relatively upright position. So
you don’t get that awful crick in your neck, and you don’t wake
yourself up when your head bobs off to one side.
I will certainly use this on my next redeye flight as well.
The ear plugs and the eye mask came in handy too.
don’t speak English on the CB radio…
It was pretty
funny to hear Bill change his voice and develop a drawl as soon he started
talking on the CB. It turns
out truckers won’t talk to you if you sound like you graduated from 6th
grade and use words with more than 2 syllables.
Really, they won’t. You
have to know the proper mannerisms and language, or they just ignore you.
And I think it helps if you adopt an accent that tells the world
“my momma and daddy were first cousins”.
Bill would see an
18-wheeler drive by on the interstate, and strike up a conversation.
It would go something like this…
“how ‘bout that drop-deck”
Trucker – “you
“how’s the highway <unintelligible>
romback ‘wards ‘lanta look?”
<major static> “yeah 10-4, you gotta hambur willchuck back at mile
mark <more static> and <unintelligible again>.
What you be seein over your shoulder’? over”
And it goes on and
on, and I can’t understand at least half the words they’re saying.
One thing I did learn was that you NEVER, EVER call another trucker
“Good Buddy”. Apparently
that term is now reserved for folks that are, how shall we say, “gender
really missed my dogs…
It was good
to see Sydney and Shadow after being away for about 10 days.
I was especially glad to see Sydney.
For the past several months we have known that Sydney has an
inoperable, cancerous tumor on her heart (an Aortic body tumor), and
it’s a terminal condition. Because
the doctors don’t know how fast the tumor is growing, they don’t know
how long she has left to live. She
was diagnosed over six months ago, and the doctors said she could die any
day, or she could live for several months.
One of my secret fears while running One Lap was that Sydney might
die while I was away. As
I write this, over two months later, Sydney is still hanging in there.
She’s really beating the odds, and we are very thankful for each
day we have her.
aren’t a lot of rules at One Lap…
And apparently the
ones they do have are rather loosely enforced, if at all. It’s a true “run what you brung” style of racing that I
must admit I’m not entirely used to.
One of the few rules they have is that you must run a Michelin
street tire. There is a
loophole in this rule, and that is you can claim that Michelin doesn’t
make a tire in your size, and then you can run a tire from another maker.
Acura team took this one step further – not only did they run a tire
from another maker, they ran a competition race tire (called
“R-compound”) which closely resembled a street tire!
If there is one thing you can do to make a car faster on a
racetrack by several seconds per lap, it’s to run a race tire.
This fact was pointed out to the organizers of One Lap during the
event at VIR (where a spectator first made notice of the race tires), and
their response was along the lines of “that’s just his luck to have
gotten it through tech inspection without getting caught”.
That’s not an exact quote, but that’s the gist of it.
Between you and me, it may not have changed the final top 10
results, but to some of the teams that finished behind the Acura, it
probably mattered a whole lot (if they had known about it).
What I found is that even if you are just doing this for the fun of
it, when push comes to shove, if you are running in 43rd place,
when you hit the track you really want to beat the guy running 42nd
place. So it doesn’t matter
if you run upfront, or mid-pack, or in last place, the competitive juices
start flowing when the rubber meets the road, and you want to beat the guy
in front of you. In any
event, I’d like to see them do a better job of policing the tire rule
makes really great laptops (don’t they?).
Maybe its just Murphy’s law…
you’ve read everything up to now, you know I work for Compaq Computer
Corp. So naturally I used a really great Compaq Armada M700 laptop
on the trip, and in it was a Sierra Wireless Aircard so that I could send
my updates back to Neal, my webmaster, for posting. Two hours into the 9 day journey, the battery failed!
I’ve been using Compaq laptops for 7 years, and I work with large
corporate accounts that use them as well.
I have NEVER seen a battery fail.
It absolutely refused to take a charge.
Not even a trickle. Fortunately
I had an auto power adapter for the laptop, so I could use the laptop in
the car as we were driving along. But
occasionally the cord would come out of the cigarette lighter socket just
a little bit (it was kind of a tight fit in the car so we had to be
careful when moving around), and the laptop would power off in the middle
of whatever I was doing.
Needless to say, I learned to save my work frequently.
It was during the trip that I noticed that Windows 2000 is a great
operating system, but the reboot times can be a little long…
the battery has been replaced, and everything works great now!)
#29 – If you want my recommendation, don’t use Lycos for Web
To this day, we still don’t know why Lycos took down the original
version of this website in the middle of our One Lap journey.
We found this out on Day 4 of One Lap, driving between Texas and
Atlanta. It wasn’t until
weeks after One Lap was over that Lycos tech support responded to our
email, and all we got was a form letter style email that said we violated
something to do with “remote loading”.
The letter implied we weren’t really using their service for a
website, but merely as a convenient file store.
Since this was clearly not the case, we immediately sent them back
another email asking for specifics, but we never heard back from them
again. Maybe this is a
coincidence, but the day before I noticed that the web banners (those free
adds they were putting at the top of our web page, which effectively paid
for the service) weren’t loading properly.
That is something over which we have no control – it’s probably
a bug in the Lycos software. I
suspect that had something to do with taking down the site.
Well, that’s what we get for using a free web hosting service.
The reason I
picked the Lycos Webjump service in the first place was that they had a
really easy to use, web based interface, for setting up a website. Kind of like “Web hosting for dummies”. Oh yeah, did I mention it was free? I’m kind of a cheapskate, which is NOT one of my better
qualities. I should have seen
the red flags when I first signed up for the service.
Lycos makes you sign your life away – you essentially have no
right to complain about anything they do, or any negligence on their part.
So now I use Adaptive.NET for $6.95 a month (www.adahost.com), and
use Frontpage 2000 from Microsoft to build and edit the pages.
This means I have a local copy of my website on my laptop, so if my
site were to go down, I can just put it back up somewhere else in the blink
of an eye. Also,
Adaptive has 24 hour phone support, so I don’t have to wait for weeks
(if at all) to hear back from Lycos.
The Adaptive service has been great, and I have had no outages (at
least none that I have been aware of).
Adding insult to injury, I still get emails from Lycos to sign up
for additional web site services. Live
Global Positioning System – how we put a multi-billion dollar satellite
network through its paces…
connected GPS is really cool - and useful too, on a trip like One Lap. It’s amazing how much time you can waste in a car, watching
a little turtle icon move across the screen (or a plane, or a rocket --
the icon is a customize-able feature of the software).
The product I used was the Rand McNally Streetfinder / GPS bundle.
It only costs $99, and that’s if you pay full retail, which of
course I never do (because remember, I’m cheap).
This includes some mapping software that includes virtually every
road in the US, and a few in Canada, plus a GPS receiver that plugs into
your laptop – the receiver is small and looks very similar to a computer
On Day 1 of One
Lap, Bill was driving us late at night across Canada to get to Michigan
(the Watkins Glen to Michigan Motorplex leg).
The official route book took us the long way through the US, mainly
to avoid any complications with having to cross the border.
But everyone without a criminal record could just drive across
Canada, which, according to my estimates, meant maybe half of the folks
running One Lap. Anyway, Bill
was going across the QEW or some such highway (they don’t call them
Interstates, because after all, they can’t afford to have states, just
provinces). Plus, I guess this
somehow makes them feel like they aren’t the 51st state of
the US, which we all know they really are ;-). Anyway, we took the wrong way when
the highway split. We caught
it right away because of the GPS.
It really is a great way to pass time on a trip, and it helped keep
us from getting lost.
Unfortunately somewhere around Day
6, the GPS receiver took a particularly hard knock, and stopped working.
As 007 said to “Q” after being admonished for destroying all of
his equipment on a regular basis, “You
wouldn’t believe the amount of wear and tear that goes on in the
was driven by a little old lady, only on weekend
One of the really
interesting things about One Lap is that it brings together some pretty
diverse people from all over the world.
Sale: Oldsmobile Bravada SUV,
only 5000 miles.
For example, the
team of 4 running this Oldsmobile Bravada SUV came across the pond from
Switzerland to run One Lap. The
story is that one of them purchased the SUV here in the US, and they will
import it back to Europe, where they will sell it as a “lightly used”
car. They told us that they will actually make a handsome profit
on the SUV, because they are so desirable over there.
it’s who you know…
Arpad Papp, from
Fort Lauderdale, FL, was the driver of the 2nd Renntech Mercedes (the 1st
Renntech was the #1 car that dropped out at Watkins Glen during the first
event). Arpad’s Mercedes
was a C43 model with just a few modifications.
Arpad seems to know Brock Yates pretty well, and has lunch with
Brock regularly at Brock’s own Cannonball Pub -- in Wyoming, NY -- which
is not exactly driving distance from
Florida. Arpad gets around a
lot, because Arpad has mucho dinero (that
means mucho money, for those of you from Canada).
On Day 1 of the
journey, when we were at the Cannonball Pub checkpoint, we found out that
sometimes it’s who you know. This
is because we were at the back of a very long line of 100 racers, waiting
to get our logbook sticker, the one you have to get whenever you
stop at the checkpoint. As
you recall, we were the last ones to the checkpoint, because we followed
Mr. Lemming around the great countryside of upstate New York for umpteen
hours. First to leave,
last to arrive. It turns out
this is a trend that continues throughout One Lap, but we didn’t
recognize it at the time. So
we’re chatting with Arpad, and Arpad isn’t the least bit concerned
about getting his logbook stamped.
One of the waitresses recognizes Arpad and walks up to us.
Because Arpad is a regular customer and friend of Brock’s, she
offers to take our logbooks and have them stamped right away.
Now that’s service! Life
is good. All of a sudden we
are among the first to leave! This means we’ll get to Michigan first,
and get the most sleep, at least that’s what we thought.
Actually, late into the night, several hours later, at the border
crossing leaving Ontario we learned from the border guard that “probably
a hundred of them funny rally cars” were already ahead of us.
When Arpad isn’t
driving his souped up RennTech Mercedes C43, he is someone that enjoys
racing yachts all over the world. This
is definitely something I will get around to doing someday, but it might
be awhile, since after all, I’m a cheap son-of-a-gun.
This means I’ll have to be worth about $100 million before I take
up yachting. At
Road Atlanta, Arpad was forced to “withdraw” from One Lap, when he
stuffed his Mercedes into the wall at Turn 5.
According to the SpeedVision reporter that was at the scene, he
stepped from the car and said cheerfully “My first divorce cost me more
we are on the subject of
One of the most
frequent questions I get is, “how much does it cost to run One Lap?”.
I really didn’t keep accurate records, but I’ll give you a
Entry fee for the team
SVRA licensing, $100 per team member
Gas (5000 miles, 17miles to the gallon on the road, 6 miles to the
gallon on track, plus about $40 for race gas I bought at Watkins Glen II
when I was trying to diagnose my boost problem)
10 days of mostly fast food – about $20/day/person
Hotel – about $70/night – 7 nights.
This cost us more than we expected, because despite our original
expectation, we didn’t sleep in the tent as much as I thought we would. If we could get 3 hours of sleep in a hotel, we went ahead
and did that instead.
Brake parts – 1 set of competition pads for the front, ½ used
set on the rear, ½ used brake rotors on front, ¼ used on rears, fluid
Tires - 5 Michelin
Pilot Sports. Even though I
still have half the tread left on them, I’m putting down the full cost,
because I wouldn’t have bought them otherwise.
Oil,Misc Supplies, adapters, batteries
Of course Bill and
I split many of the costs. It
came to over $5000 (US) for the team, or roughly $3,000,000 Canadian.
And it was worth every penny.
Dear Canadians, please remember, Mark is originally from West Virginia.
Did you know you can substitute the words “West Virginian” or
“hillbilly” into every Polish joke you’ve ever heard, and it’s
still just as funny?
being interviewed: “Well,
the Compaq-Pulp Racing-Michelin-J&R Custom Exhaust RX-7 ran real good
all started with this….
Our website was
mentioned in a weekly column in the News and Observer, our local North
Carolina newspaper. Once
a week the column highlights local websites of interest.
Later that day I received an email from the Technology reporter at
WRAL TV, Tom Lawrence (http://www.wral.com/staff/460802/index.html).
It turns out in addition to his interest in technology, Tom used to
race cars and motorcycles – he actually raced at VIR before it closed
the first time (sorry Tom, now they know how old you are).
So when he saw our website in the newspaper, Tom had an idea for a
So Bill and Neal
and I tromped on down to the TV station the next day. Beth, my wife, came along and snapped some photos for us.
The News Room…
then took us to a local park, where he interviewed Bill and me…
the cameraman, took some footage of the car, then Tom interviewed us in
turn. In a period of about 45
minutes, he took about 10 minutes of interview footage, of which he used
about 1 minute for quotes in the final story.
He also took some
pictures of himself in front of the car and added some commentary…
mulls his options…
Then settles in on this angle…
then went back to the studio, where Tom and Gil dubbed some of the in-car
footage I took during One Lap, video I took while on track at Road Atlanta
and Watkins Glen. I selected
what I thought was the most interesting footage (almost hitting a wall at
Road Atlanta, chasing a turbo Porsche, and passing a wounded viper in turn
10 at high speed at Watkins Glen).
I can’t believe how fast they pulled all of this together.
We started everything at 11:00am and we left around 1:30pm. The news story appeared later that day on the 6:00pm news,
and was rebroadcast the next day at noon.
I gained newfound respect for news reporters – the deadline
pressure must be immense, and they endure it every single day.
The finished story
totaled a little over 2 minutes in length.
They used the in-car footage of me almost hitting the wall at Road
Atlanta as a teaser before going to a commercial, which we thought was
great, even if it didn’t showcase my best driving.
Then after the commercial they did a 2 minute segment on our One
Lap adventure, highlighting the website, showing the laptop with the
wireless WAN card, and interspersing the interview with some of the
on-track footage. Tom did a
super job cramming in the essence of One Lap into 120 seconds.
Naturally I taped
the segment and if I can get permission, I will post the video of the news
story online. Unfortunately I
don’t fully understand the legalities of doing so, and I’ll have to
investigate it. If you
happen to understand the rules about this, send me an email and fill me
Lap is an absolute blast!
If there is one
thing that I would like you, the readers, to come away with, it is that
running the One Lap of America is the most fun that I have EVER had.
This includes wheel-to-wheel racing, and even “you know what”
(this is a PG web site, so I won’t mention exactly what that is).
Well actually, for the 30 minutes or 1 hour that you are on track,
Wheel-to-Wheel racing is indeed as much fun as One Lap.
However, when I take in the totality of the experience, I found
that running One Lap of America was overall more satisfying.
And One Lap is a whole lot safer than Wheel-to-Wheel racing,
because you aren’t banging fenders.
For an entire week you are immersed in the experience of running
One Lap and you think about nothing else – no job, no lawn to mow, no
middle-east crisis. It is a completely immersing experience, which is
unlike anything else you will ever do.
too, can run One Lap…
So next year I
want to see you out there running One Lap.
Start your preparation now.
You don’t need a sports car to run One Lap – the cars are
grouped into different classes, and there is a class for economy cars, and
even SUV’s! So go to a
couple of on-track driver’s schools, like Car Guys, at www.carguysinc.com.
Instead of that boring vacation you were planning to spend at
Myrtle Beach lying on the sand, take a vacation you will never forget.
The only downside to One Lap is that it takes about a week to catch
up on sleep. But it’s
well worth it!
So next year, ya’ll come
out and run One Lap! And if
you want advice on how to get started, feel free to drop me an email.
I look forward to seeing you on track…