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2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America
Catesby Jones driving the Forged Performance SSGT1 Big Bore class 2010 Nissan GT-R FP950R through the test track sprinklers to win the Wet Skidpad Challenge.
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The 2013 Tire Rack One Lap of America was the 30th 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 17 timed competition events and over 3,400 miles during 172 hours of skid pad, 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 4th 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.
At the end of the wet Skidpad Challenge, the overall winner was the SSGT1 BB (Big Bore) Class Forged Performance 2010 Nissan GT-R FP950R driven by Catesby Jones. His Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires generated an average wet cornering force of 0.857g to claim the Wet Skidpad Challenge for 2013, but he was unable to match the previous wet skidpad record of 0.962g set in 2010.
Tire Rack One Lap of America Skidpad Winners
The overall Dry Skidpad Challenge winner was Catesby Jones driving the Forged Performance SSGT1 Big Bore class 2010 Nissan GT-R FP950R.
With over 3,400 road miles and 16 more timed events scheduled in the seven 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 an autocross at Grisson Air Force Base, Bracket and ET drag racing at Alabama International Dragway (rained out), and road course competition at Talledaga Gran Prix Raceway, NOLA Motorsports Park, Daytona International Speedway (24 Hours of Daytona course), Carolina Motorsports Park, BMW Performance Center, Virginia International Raceway and Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Teams returned to Tire Rack for the final competitive event on Saturday morning, May 11th for a Dry Skid Pad 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 and that not all of the competitors' final overall positions would be determined until the last car had run. With temperatures just below 50° Fahrenheit during the Dry Skidpad Challenge, many competitors chose to enhance dry traction with the 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.
Again, Catesby Jones' SSGT1 BB (Big Bore) Class Forged Performance 2010 Nissan GT-R FP950R was the overall dry skidpad winner. This time his Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires generated an average cornering force of 1.107g to win the Dry Skidpad Challenge, however he wasn't able to break the dry skidpad record of 1.120g set in 2011.
Overall winners from left to right:
Tire Rack One Lap of America Overall & Class Winners
The 2013 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, the 2013 Nissan GT-R of Douglas Wilks and Leh Keen was chased by six other Nissan GT-Rs, a few Dodge Vipers and a Chevrolet Corvette. When the smoke cleared and the rubber dust settled, it was Leh Keen and Douglas Wilks who earned TopSpeed Motorsports' fourth consecutive Tire Rack One Lap of America overall victory.
Second and third places were decided at the dry skidpad challenge, where Catesby Jones and William Taylor in a 2010 Nissan GT-R narrowly edged out Steve Loudin and Tom Drewer driving a SSGT1 Big Bore class 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10.
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