It’s almost May which means the BMW Performance Driving School team are in South Bend, Indiana for the 2016 One Lap of America. This year we are competing in the Stock Class and Small Bore GT1 Class with the new BMW M2 and sponsored by BMW Performance Driving Schools, BMW M Performance Parts, and IHG Rewards.
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This year’s week-long route will take us through eastern and midwestern states, visiting Pittsburgh International Raceway, Palmer Motorsports Park, Summit Point, National Corvette Museum, Road America, Autobahn, and finally returning to Tire Rack for the second skid pad event.
We arrived in South Bend Thursday evening after a relatively uneventful drive, apart from an encounter with a rather large animal lying in our lane on the interstate just south of Lexington, KY. Fortunately the damage was fairly minor and restricted to the plastic under-tray behind the front bumper cover.
To be on the safe-side we elected to stop at the local BMW Dealership in Lexington; Don Jacobs BMW. Tim, one of the service advisers got us right in and had their technicians give the M2 a once over just to make sure there was no further damage. Once we had the all clear and said our goodbyes we were back on the road again heading north.
Friday we had a relaxing morning, just cleaning our M2 and making sure everything was in place for our week-long adventure. The afternoon was spent in the Tire Rack studios recording a short video about our BMW M2 and BMW M Performance Parts. And later in the day we completed registration formalities, and spent time meeting up with old friends and new before retiring early to our Holiday Inn Express hotel for our final good night’s sleep before Saturdays first event; the wet skid pad at Tire Rack Headquarters.
Our BMW M2 is exactly as you can purchase from your local BMW Dealership with the only modifications been a number of BMW M Performance parts including: Front Splitter, Black Grilles, Side Skirts, Rear Spoiler, Rear Diffuser, Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension, Exhaust, and M stripes. All of these parts and a few more are available when ordering your BMW M2 and can be installed prior to delivery.