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2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America
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
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 ½-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
Second place: Michael Lattos & Eric VanCleef
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.
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