One Lap of America 2005
New Hampshire. Photo by Bryon Hathorm SP 1103
The Superformance Coupe team of Dennis
Olthoff and Rick Lee stage a stunning
Many thanks to Woodsy, Bryon Hathorn, Robert Haug, Allen Skok, Herb Smith, Allen Lusk, Bill Sharp, Randy Carter, Mike Sharkey, Bob Harris, John Mahan and Jim Vander Wal for photos and commentary.
By now every Second Striker should be well aware of the One Lap of America and the stunning successes that Second Strikers Dennis Olthoff, David Sugg, Doug Reed, Clay Gould, and Barry Kline have had in this most challenging event. For those few who haven’t, a brief history and review of the event.
Beginning in 1971, Brock Yates sponsored a clandestine cross-country automobile rally named the “The Great Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash” or “Cannonball Run” for short. The event was named in honor of Erwin G. “Cannonball” Baker who with W.F. Strum drove a Type 53 Cadillac V-8 roadster from Los Angeles to New York City in 1916 in a record seven and a half days.
The Cannonball Run had no rules and no routes. The shortest time from New York to Long Beach won. By the time the elapsed time worked its way down to 33 hours, it was clear to everyone, including law enforcement officials along the way, that some serious speeding was taking place. So after nine events, it became a part of automobile racing history folklore.
After an appropriate period of mourning, it was replaced in 1984 with the “One Lap of America”. The route, about 10,000 miles, was specified. There were no time constraints; so speeding was purely a personal choice. The winner was the team with the closest to the official route mileage. Legal, but hardly exciting.
In 1991, the One Lap adopted its current format patterned to a large part after the grueling Tour de France FIA competition. The competitors complete an approximately 4,000 mile lap of the US. Each day they stop at a track along the route for speed trials.
The speed trails are typically road courses. Cars are run in groups of five. Each group gets a single warm up lap. The cars are then staged and launched one at a time at approximately five second intervals. The elapsed time is typically for three laps from a standing start. This continues until all competitors have run. Then it is off to the next track. One track a day for seven days. Usually one of the events will be drag racing including best elapsed time and a bracket race.
Points are awarded for position in class and position overall for each event. The winner is the one with the most points at the end.
There are difficulties.
The time trials reward speed, braking, and handling. The long distances between tracks reward some degree of creature comfort for sleep. Both the time trials and drives between tracks require reliability and stamina. These requirements are in conflict. So the race goes to neither the swift nor the sure, but to the one who does both extremely well.
The requirement for reliability is so intense and the competition so good that a single DNS (did not start) or DNF (did not finish) will almost certainly knock a competitor out of the top ten overall and usually out of the top twenty.
There are potential difficulties on the track as well.
Although these are speed trials, one car against the clock, a spin by another car or overtaking a slower car can cost valuable seconds and knock a competitor way back in the standings for an event.
Then there is the weather. A track may be wet for part of an event and dry for the rest. The drivers in the wet take it in the shorts. Simply blind luck of the draw. But as they say, “that’s racing!”
OVERALL INC TIME AVG LOCAL
EVT LOCATION DIST DIST ALLOWED SPEED DATE TIME DAY
Tire Rack 0 0 0 0 29 April 0800 Friday
Registration Opens 29 April 0800 Friday
Registration Closes 29 April 1500 Friday
Drivers Meeting 29 April 1500 Friday
Welcoming Party 29 April TBA Friday
The Tire Rack 0 0 0 0 30 April 0900 Saturday
1 Start Event 1 Skid Pad (Wet) 30 April 0900 Saturday
Finish Event 1 30 April 1130 Saturday
Indianapolis Raceway Park 151.5 151.5 3.5 43.3 30 April Saturday
2 Start Event 1 Time Trial 30 April 1200 Saturday
Finish Event 1 30 April 1300 Saturday
3 Start Event 2 Time Trial 30 April 1530 Saturday
Finish Event 2 30 April 1800 Saturday
BeaveRun 539.1 387.6 13.0 29.8 01 May 0800 Sunday
4 Start Event 1 Time Trial 01 May 0830 Sunday
Finish Event 1 01 May 1130 Sunday
5 Start Event 2 Time Trial 01 May 1230 Sunday
Finish Event 2 01 May 1530 Sunday
Lancaster Speedway 752.6 213.5 5.0 42.7 01 May 1900 Sunday
6 Start Event 1 Time Trial 01 May 1900 Sunday
Finish Event 1 01 May 22:00 Sunday
New Hampshire Int Speedway 1183.7 431.1 15.0 28.7 02 May 0900 Monday
7 Start Event 1 - Time Trial 02 May 0900 Monday
Finish Event 1 02 May 1200 Monday
8 Start Event 2 - Time Trial 02 May 1300 Monday
Finish Event 2 02 May 1600 Monday
Summit Point 1742.0 558.3 18.0 31.0 03 May 0800 Tuesday
9 Start Event 1 - Time Trial 03 May 0830 Tuesday
Finish Event 1 03 May 1130 Tuesday
10 Start Event 2 - Time Trial 03 May 1230 Tuesday
Finish Event 2 03 May 1530 Tuesday
Mason Dixon Dragway 1791.1 49.1 2.5 19.6 03 May 1800 Tuesday
11 Start Event 1 - Low ET Drag 03 May 1800 Tuesday
Finish Event 1 03 May 1900 Tuesday
12 Start Event 2 - Bracket Drag 03 May 1900 Tuesday
Finish Event 2 03 May 2100 Tuesday
Virginia International Raceway 2082.5 291.4 11.0 26.5 04 May 0800 Wednesday
13 Start Event 1 - Time Trial 04 May 0830 Wednesday
Finish Event 1 04 May 1100 Wednesday
14 Start Event 2 - Time Trial 04 May 0900 Wednesday
Finish Event 2 04 May 1130 Wednesday
15 Start Event 3 - Time Trial 04 May 1230 Wednesday
Finish Event 3 04 May 1600 Wednesday
CAROLINA ROD SHOP 2104.5 252.1 5.5 45.8 04 May 1800 Wednesday
Passage Control 04 May 2100 Wednesday
Roebling Road 2370.5 266.0 13.0 20.5 05 May 0800 Thursday
16 Start Event 1 Time Trial 05 May 0830 Thursday
Finish Event 1 05 May 1130 Thursday
17 Start Event 2 Time Trial 05 May 1230 Thursday
Finish Event 2 05 May 1530 Thursday
Nelson Ledges 3139.2 768.7 19.0 40.5 06 May 0900 Friday
18 Start Event 1 Time Trial 06 May 0900 Friday
Finish Event 1 06 May 1130 Friday
19 Start Event 2 Time Trial 06 May 1230 Friday
Finish Event 2 06 May 1530 Friday
Tire Rack 0 0 0 0 07 May 0900 Saturday
20 Start Event 1 Skid Pad (Dry) 07 May 1000 Saturday
Finish Event 1 07 May 1300 Saturday
Finish Tire Rack 07 May 1300 Saturday
Awards Banquet 07 May 1400 Saturday
The classes listed in the rules this year are:
|SSGT1 Big Bore||20||Sports/GT cars over $40,000 – Engine displacement 3.5L and over|
|SSGT1 Small Bore||13||Sports/GT cars over $40,000 – Engine displacement under 3.5L|
|SSGT2 Big Bore||4||Sports/GT cars under $40,000 – Engine displacement 3.5L and over|
|SSGT2 Small Bore||10||Sports/GT cars under $40,000 – Engine displacement under 3.5L|
|Luxury Sedan||6||Luxury sedans and wagons over $40,000|
|Mid-Priced Sedan||17||Mid-priced sedans and wagons $20,000-$40,000|
|Economy||8||Economy cars under $20,000|
|SUV||2||Sport Utility vehicles and pickups all price ranges|
|Vintage American||3||Classic American: All domestically produced vehicles built prior to 1980, including street rods, specials, etc.|
|Vintage Foreign||5||Classic Imported: All types built prior to 1980|
|Alt. Fuel||2||Alternate Fuel class-including hybrids, electric, diesels, etc.|
|Retro||3||Vehicles intended to reflect past trends or models, Minis, etc.|
The top seeded class, SSGT1 Big Bore, is also the largest with 20 of 93 entries. It is also the toughest with 6 of the top 10 seeds. The Superformance Coupe is seeded 4th.
|1||SSGT1 Big Bore||2001||Porsche||996 TT||Mark DaVia - Thompson CT||Drew Wikstrom - Milford ct|
|2||SSGT1 Big Bore||2005||Dodge||Viper||Brian Smith - Simpsonville SC||Chris Poore - anderson sc|
|3||Truck/SUV||1994||Dodge||Ram 1500||Ronald Adee - Gilberts IL||Patrick Adee -|
|4||SSGT1 Big Bore||2003||Superformance||Daytona Coupe||Dennis Olthoff - Mt Ulla NC||Rick Lee - Seymour IN|
|5||SSGT1 Big Bore||1995||Dodge||Viper RT/10||Jon Swango - MI||Aaron Vanassche - Schaumburg IL|
|6||SSGT1 Small Bore||1994||Acura||NSX-R||Michael Fitzpatrick - Columbia MD||Jon York - Crowley TX|
|7||SSGT1 Big Bore||2004||CAV||GT40||R. Buzz Clarke - Downingtown PA||Joel Lipperini -|
|8||SSGT1 Big Bore||2002||Chevrolet||Corvette / Z06||Rodney Sizemore - Harrison Oh||Rick Sizemore - West Chester OH|
|9||SSGT2 Small Bore||2004||WCM||Ultralite S2K||Norman Babcock - Castle Rock CO||Michael Babcock - Surprise AZ|
|10||SSGT1 Small Bore||1993||Honda||NSX-R||Robert Morrison - Hoschton GA||Vaughn Duarte - Coppell TX|
Don't be fooled, by the way. The Dodge Ram 1500 is a tube framed NASCAR truck series truck.
For a full list of entrants, see the One Lap of America website: www.OneLapOfAmerica.com