It’s official – the OPTIMA Batteries OneLapCamaro is heading back to South Bend, Indiana and points beyond to defend our Vintage American class championship in the 2011 Tire Rack One Lap of America! With continued support from OPTIMA Batteries, Hellwig Products, and FM3 Performance Marketing - and with new partners Baer Brakes and RideTech helping to up our game – we are starting to put together a game plan for what should be an exciting but grueling week!
For 2011 Mary Pozzi will be co-driving with James Shipka in the 8 day, 3,500+ mile event which will depart Tire Rack Headquarters in South Bend on April 30th before heading south on a schedule and route that makes last years event look down right casual…
Event 1 – Wet Skid Pad - South Bend, IN – Saturday AM
Transit 96 miles
Event 2 – Autocross – Grissom AFB, Peru, IN – Saturday PM
Transit 566 miles
Event 3 - Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV – Sunday AM
Event 4 - Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV – Sunday PM
Transit 465 miles
Event 5 – Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SC – Monday AM
Event 6 – Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SC – Monday PM
Transit 154 miles
Event 7 – BMW Performance Center, Greer, SC – Monday PM
Transit 482 miles
Event 8 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL – Tuesday AM
Event 9 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL – Tuesday PM
Transit 115 miles
Event 10 – Gainesville Raceway (drag race), Gainesville, FL – Tuesday PM
Event 11 – Gainesville Raceway (bracket race), Gainesville, FL – Tuesday PM
Transit 545 miles
Event 12 – New Orleans (NOLA) Motorsports Park, Avondale, LA – Wednesday AM
Event 13 – NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, LA – Wednesday PM
Transit 370 miles
Event 14 – Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, AL – Thursday AM
Event 15 – Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, AL – Thursday PM
Transit 700 miles (!!!)
Event 16 – Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL – Friday AM
Event 17 – Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL – Friday PM
Transit 105 miles
Event 18 – Dry Skid Pad – South Bend, IN – Saturday May 7th AM
This year we will be teaming up with Jimi Day and Steve Kepler who will be joining us in the OPTIMA Batteries Z06 Corvette – cutting their teeth in the ultra-competitive “Big Bore” class. We’ll be towing “the coffin” again stuffed full of just about everything we can think of (including, this time, a cooler so we can avoid dehydration and hopefully exhaustion) and hopefully we learned something from our efforts last year.
As I mentioned earlier – Baer Brakes is helping us out this year with a brake upgrade and a switch to their new floater setup (which should help us avoid killing another set of bearing and seals) and we’re working with RideTech on development and testing of their new Triple Adjustable shocks. SpeedTech Performance has also adapted the ZR1 (SKF) wheel bearing to the ATS spindle so we’ll have some additional support on Daytona’s banking. Time permitting we’ll also be switching out our current Rick’s Stainless tank for one of their new VaporWorx tanks which should also help up on some of the more difficult tracks. I’m hoping to have a couple more announcements about other improvements soon – we’ll keep you posted. I’ll be starting up a thread in the projects section to go through all of the improvements as they happen.
Should be an exciting year!!!