Catesby and I left Forged Performance at 4pm yesterday and drove straight through with the GT-R tucked safely away on our trailer. At 3am, we arrived at the hotel and managed to grab a few hours of sleep before making the 15 min trip to Tire Rack’s headquarters in South Bend, IN.
No less than 74 crazy and brave souls, and their co-drivers arrived for the obligatory registration, and driver’s meeting. This was our first chance to have a look at some of our competitors for this year’s event.
The event kicks off in earnest tomorrow morning at 8am with the wet skid pad, followed by the banked oval, then a quick transit drive to Autobahn Country Club. Three full events the first day…it’s going to be a busy one.
For a look at the full schedule: http://www.onelapofamerica.com/currentEvent/Schedule.do?eventId=31
Catesby Jones, driver and owner of the Forged Performance prepared GT-R takes home a second place trophy at the annual 2010 Motor Trend One Lap of America race. This 8 day grueling event is a legendary test of both man and machine. The teams are required to compete on just one set of tires, and must drive to each of the designated tracks all over the eastern half of the USA. No tow rigs or support vehicles allowed. Catesby’s GT-R left our facility with just 1100 miles on the odometer, and it now has 6300 miles on the clock!
The car is now back at Forged Performance headquarters for a thorough inspection and once-over. Next year, Catseby has big plans for his GT-R and will gunning for the number one spot!
Forged Performance continues to lead in many facets of professional and amatuer motorsports and many of the strategies and techniques we employ on race vehicles are also utilized in our street builds.
This year, Forged Performance was pleased to sponsor, and help prepare not one, but two Nissan R35 GT-R’s for competition in the grueling One Lap of America race. This annual event, takes 60+ competitors on a 3400 mile trip across the country. it’s been called the toughest 8 days of racing, featuring street-legal cars, on America’s most challenging race tracks. Oh, and the kicker is, you have to do the entire event, and all the racing, on just one set of tires!!! Team Freedom Autosports, and the duo of Will Taylor and Steve Rankins, are competing for top honors. We are shooting for two podium finishes…I will let Will from GoTurnStop, and Derick from Freedom Autosports, duke it out for first place. We wish them the best of luck, and safety throughout their journey.
And the latest update, is that Will Taylor just broke the wet skidpad record! Way to kick things off! You can follow all the action at: http://www.motortrend.com/one_lap_of_america/index.html