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2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America

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Wet Skidpad Winner - Catesby Jones

Catesby Jones driving the SSGT1 Big Bore class 2010 Nissan GT-R through the test track sprinklers to win the Wet Skidpad Challenge.

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The 2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America was the 31st running of Brock Yates' extreme challenge for driving enthusiasts. This year's event featured eight days of competition between many of America's fastest street-legal cars. Teams were challenged to compete and complete 19 timed competition events and over 3,200 miles during 172 hours of skidpad, autocross, drag strip, racetrack and highway transit! It's an eight-day pentathlon event for driving enthusiasts.

The Wet Skidpad Challenge was run on Saturday morning, May 3rd and used our test track's in-ground sprinkler system to wet the 200-foot diameter skidpad. Finishing positions were awarded by measuring and averaging the cornering forces each vehicle generated driving a complete lap in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions.

While all teams were challenged by cool ambient morning temperatures and overcast skies that would reduce the track's contribution to traction, at the end of the Wet Skidpad Challenge, the overall winner for the second year in a row was the SSGT1 BB (Big Bore) Class 2010 Nissan GT-R driven by Catesby Jones. His Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires generated an average wet cornering force of 0.829g to claim the Wet Skidpad Challenge for 2014, but he was unable to match the previous wet skidpad record of 0.962g set in 2010.

Tire Rack One Lap of America Wet Skidpad Winners

Tire Rack Wet Skidpad Overall (Bold) & Class Winners
OLoA Class Skidpad Driver Vehicle / Tires Wet
g-Force
SSGT1 Big Bore Catesby Jones 2010 Nissan GT-R
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.829
SSGT2 Big Bore Roy Maranhao 2000 Chevrolet Corvette
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.760
SSGT2 Small Bore -
Stock Touring
Mike Renner 2014 BMW M235i
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.754
Mid-Priced Sedan/Wagon Jim Roberts 1998 BMW M3
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.726
American Cruiser Paul Williams 2006 Ford Crown Victoria
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
0.425
Economy Car Andy Hollis 1989 Honda CRX HF
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
0.723
Luxury Sedan Robin Sparrow 2011 BMW M3
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.755
SUV/Pickup Aaron Eley 2014 Acura Megan Racing RV6 MDX
Dunlop Direzza ZII
0.685
Classic American Damon Josz 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.727
Classic Imported Niul Burton 1989 Porsche 944T
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
0.740
Alternative Fuel Victor Bell 2010 Volkswagen Jetta-R TDI Cup Edition
Dunlop Direzza ZII
0.688
Retro Car Markus Pizzali 2008 Chevrolet HHR SS
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
0.719
Special Contruction D.J. Beachem II 2014 Ariel Atom OLoA Special
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
0.660
Stock GT
(sub-class all stock coupes)
Alfonso Diaz 2006 Porsche Carrera S
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.729
Stock Touring
(sub-class all stock sedans)
Mike Renner 2014 BMW M235i
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.754


Dry Skidpad Winner - Donald Chrzan

The overall Dry Skidpad Challenge winner was Donald Chrzan driving the Sleeper Racing Team SSGT1 Big Bore class 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

With over 3,200 road miles and 18 more timed events scheduled in the days ahead of them, the teams began their One Lap of America journey driving to many of America's premier racetracks and motorsports country clubs for timed competition.

This year's schedule included autocrosses at Grissom Air Force Base and the BMW Performance Center, bracket and ET drag racing at Memphis International Raceway, oval track laps at the -mile Mobile International Speedway and road course competition at NOLA Motorsports Park, Memphis International Raceway, Atlanta Motorsports Park, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Gingerman Raceway. Teams returned to Tire Rack for the final competitive event on Saturday morning, May 10th for a Dry Skidpad Challenge followed by the now famous victory tire burnout celebration.

The Dry Skidpad Challenge would see the competitors run in reverse order based on their overall event standings. Starting with the lowest overall placed cars and finishing with the highest meant the cars would run in similar conditions to their direct competitors. Not all of the competitors' final overall positions would be determined until the last car had run. With temperatures around 60 Fahrenheit during the Dry Skidpad Challenge, many competitors chose to enhance dry traction with tire burnouts on the way to the skidpad.

The top eighteen cars in this year's Dry Skidpad Challenge exceeded 1.0g of average cornering force. Not bad for street-legal cars on real street tires.

The winner this time was Donald Chrzan driving a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to a two-way average of 1.087g to win the Dry Skidpad Challenge, however he wasn't able to break the dry skidpad record of 1.120g set in 2011.

Tire Rack One Lap of America Dry Skidpad Winners

Tire Rack Dry Skidpad Overall (Bold) & Class Winners
OLoA Class Skidpad Driver Vehicle / Tires Dry
g-Force
SSGT1 Big Bore Donald Chrzan 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
1.087
SSGT2 Big Bore Brian Hair 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
1.043
SSGT2 Small Bore Jonathan Noble 2007 VW GTI
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
1.002
Mid-Priced Sedan Michael Harvey 1995 Subaru Impreza
Dunlop Direzza ZII
1.012
American Cruiser Mark Donohue Williams 2006 Ford Crown Victoria
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
0.840
Economy Car Andy Hollis 1989 Honda CRX HF
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
1.056
Luxury Sedan Robin Sparrow 2011 BMW M3
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
1.022
Truck/SUV Aaron Eley 2014 Acura Megan Racing RV6 MDX
Dunlop Direzza ZII
0.965
Vintage American Damon Josz 1981 Chevorlet Camaro Z28
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
0.978
Vintage Foreign Chris Porter 1986 Porsche 944
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival
0.971
Alternative Fuel Victor Bell 2010 Volkswagen Jetta-R TDI Cup Edition
Dunlop Direzza ZII
0.939
Retro Car Mike Roberts 2013 Mini Cooper GP
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
0.944
Special Contruction D.J. Beachem II 2014 Ariel Atom OLoA Special
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
1.085
Stock GT
(sub-class all stock coupes)
Alfonso Diaz 2006 Porsche Carrera S
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
0.914
Stock Touring
(sub-class all stock sedans)
Mike Roberts 2013 Mini Cooper GP
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08
0.944


Top 3 Winners

Second place: Michael Lattos & Eric VanCleef
First Place: Catesby Jones and William Taylor
Third Place: Bob Knoerzer & Derek Heim

Tire Rack One Lap of America Overall & Class Winners

The 2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America was a real challenge of car preparation, race track performance and driver endurance. It also appears to have been another year for the Nissan GT-R.

For much of the event, Catesby Jones' and William Taylor's 2010 Nissan GT-R was chased by other GT-Rs, an Audi R8, Dodge Vipers, Chevrolet Corvettes and a Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS, among others. After finishing in second overall in 2012 and 2013, it was Catesby Jones and William Taylor who won their first overall victory in the 2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America.

Tire Rack One Lap of America Overall (Bold) & Class Winners
Class Drivers Vehicle / Tires
Overall
SSGT1 Big Bore
Catesby Jones
William Taylor
2010 Nissan GT-R
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
SSGT2 Big Bore Liam Dwyer
Brian Hair
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
SSGT2 Small Bore Jonathan Noble
Erik Cullins
2007 Volkswagen GTI
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Mid-Priced Sedan Misty White
Matt White
2010 Subaru Impreza STI
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival
American Cruiser Mark Donohue Williams
Paul Williams
2006 Ford Crown Victoria
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
Economy Car Andy Hollis
Ann Hollis
1989 Honda CRX HF
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
Luxury Sedan Dan Schaut
Ben Schaut
2008 BMW M3
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
Truck/SUV Aaron Eley
Josh Foran
2014 Acura Megan Racing RV6 MDX
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Vintage American Michael Hickman
Damon Josz
1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Vintage Foreign Chris Porter
Herman Porter
1986 Por-che 944
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival
Alternative Fuel Victor Bell
Jenna Wagner
2010 Volkswagen Jetta-R TDI Cup Edition
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Retro Car Amanda Hennessy
Thomas Daetwyler
Adam Hennessy
2009 Chevrolet HHR SS
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
Special Construction Jack Beachem
D.J. Beachem II
Charles Espenlaub
2014 Ariel Atom OLoA Special
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
Stock GT
(sub-class all stock coupes)
Alfonso Diaz
Jose Carro
2006 Porsche Carrera S
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Stock Touring
(sub-class all stock sedans)
Amanda Hennessy
Thomas Daetwyler
Adam Hennessy
2009 Chevrolet HHR SS
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

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