One Lap of America Teaser: The Tracks

Featured Posts, Racing | April 29th, 2010 by 3

Yesterday, we showed you the well-rounded driver line-up for the BMW Performance Driving School’s sponsored entry into the infamous One Lap of America. Today we …

Yesterday, we showed you the well-rounded driver line-up for the BMW Performance Driving School’s sponsored entry into the infamous One Lap of America.

Today we wanted to bring you brief profiles of each of the tracks that Mike Renner, Tom Lappin and Steve Maguire will face while on the Brock Yates-approved circuit for One Lap of America. Also, we’ve included another hint to everyone of the livery that the Mystery BMW that will be revealed tomorrow.

As we mentioned in our initial post for the teaser of One Lap of America the race kicks off April 30th and will consist of 7 tracks where contestants will compete for best lap times for their class. The kicker? Every entrant has to use the same set of tires for the entire competition – both on and off the track!

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While turning lap times at highly notable tracks across the U.S. might seem like a vacation to us, keep in mind that once each track session is done, contestants will still have to pack up their respective vehicles and commute to the next event – so by midway through the event, there is a chance that fatigue will begin to set in on crews. Additionally, any issues that arise on the car must be dealt with by the driving team as mechanics aren’t permitted for the duration of the competition. To learn more about the tracks the One Lap of America teams will compete on please see the excellent track write-ups and photos provided to us by Steve Maguire, eManager at United BMW of Roswell and co-driver of the BMW Performance Driving School’s entry.

Tire Rack, South Bend , IN

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The Tire Rack Team hosts One Lap of America competitors to a wet skidpad challenge on our test track as each year’s first competition event and a dry skidpad challenge (weather permitting) as its last. Finishing positions in the skidpad challenges are awarded by timing laps in both directions on the test track’s 200-foot diameter skid pad and calculating the average cornering forces each vehicle generates.

Road America, Elkart Lake, WI


Road America is a 640-acre, world-class motorsports facility featuring a 4.048-mile permanent road course located between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay. Since its first official race in September of 1955, it has been a favorite circuit of racers world-wide who relish the challenges of the undulating glacially-formed terrain and the high speed turns and curves. Fans return year after year to enjoy the park-like atmosphere, fantastic food and wheel-to-wheel competition by the world’s fastest riders and drivers.

Mid-American Motorplex – Pacific Junction, IA


Mid America Motorplex is an Alan Wilson-designed road circuit in Pacific Junction, Iowa. It is a relatively safe track for people to learn to drive their cars at High Performance Driving Events. It is low speed (most cars under 300 bhp);maximum speeds are around 120 mph (190 km/h) with cornering speeds around 50 mph (80 km/h) with the exception of turn 4 which is a fairly fast left-hander at around 80–100 mph. There is a drag strip at the track and the track surface is a special asphalt which doesn’t wear tires but as a result offers less grip than other tracks with more abrasive surfaces. The track can also be driven in the rain but the surrounding runoff areas quickly turn to mud and many cars are buried up to the tops of their wheels in mud if they slide off in those conditions.

Hallet Motor Racing Circuit – Tulsa, OK


Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is a road course about 35 miles (56 km) west of Tulsa in Northeastern Oklahoma. With 10 turns in 1.8 miles (2.9 km), and over 80 feet (24 m) of elevation change it is considered technically difficult. The track is also configured where it can be run both clockwise and counter-clockwise, yielding two distinct race courses.

Gateway International Raceway – Madison, IL


Gateway International Raceway is a race track in Madison, Illinois, just minutes from Downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It hosts a NASCAR events on a 1.25 mile (2 kilometer) oval, and SCCA and various car club events on a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) infield Road Course. There is also a quarter-mile drag strip that hosts an annual National Hot Rod Association event.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH


Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a road course located just outside of the village of Lexington, Ohio.The track opened as a 15-turn, 2.4 mile (3.86 km) road circuit run clockwise. The back portion of the track allows speeds approaching 180 mph (290 km/h). A separate starting line is located on the backstretch to allow for safer rolling starts. The regular start/finish line is located on the pit straight. In 1990, the track underwent a refurbishment, and a straightaway was paved through the chicane, allowing for two different track layouts, the original 2.4-mile (3.9 km) circuit, and a new 13-turn, 2.25 mile (3.62 km) circuit, which is now utilized for all the major races.

New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, NJ


New Jersey Motorsports Park(commonly known as “NJMP”) is located in Millville, New Jersey.The park has two road courses and a high-performance karting facility. NJMPhosts amateur and professional automobile and motorcycle events, driving schools, club days, and private test rentals.

Nelson Ledges Road Course – Garrettsville, OH


Nelson Ledges Road Course is located in Garrettsville, Ohio. The track is 2 miles (3 km) long and consists of seven major turns. It has a long history of racing. Most notably, the Longest Day, a 24-hour automobile race in which a team of two or more drivers race continuously.