One Lap of America

The Best New Sports Car for $25k or Less.

Posted in Fast Cars, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mini, One Lap of America, Racing, Rally, Volkswagen by MrAngry | May 13th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

I’ve been back for exactly 4 days after running the 2010 One Lap of America and already I am getting bombarded with questions as to if I’ll be running next year. Obviously the key to not only finishing the event but placing well is showing up with the right car. This year, instead of bringing a gun to a knife fight, we brought a sledge hammer and man was it a rough deal. Trying to sling that Charger around 8 racetracks while competing against Porsche’s, Corvette’s and all manner of imports proved to be an exercise in futility. I then started thinking about what would be the best car to come out of each price range and came up with the following price points: $25,000 or less, $50,000 or less, $75,000 or less, $100,000 or less and $100,000 or above.

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2010 One Lap of America: Final Thoughts

Posted in General, One Lap of America, Pro-Touring, Racing, Rally, Videos by MrAngry | May 11th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

It’s over… it’s finally over. This past Saturday was the completion of the 2010 One Lap of America. An event that covered 9 days, 8 racetracks and 4500 miles. If you’ve been following our progress you’ll know that we took my 1968 pro-touring Dodge Charger. This is a car that weighs in at 4000 lbs., makes about 415 hp out of a 440 cubic inch big block and has absolutely no climate control whatsoever.

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One Lap of America: Day 9 – Nelson Ledges, Garrettsville, Ohio

Posted in General, One Lap of America, Pro-Touring, Racing, Rally by MrAngry | May 7th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2010 One Lap of America

Right now I’m sitting trackside at Nelson Ledges Raceway in Ohio surrounded by some of the fastest street legal cars in the United States. For us it’s day 9 and well over 3000 miles and so far we’ve survived. We’ve got one more track session left for today and then it’s another 300 mile run back to the Tire Rack Facility in South Bend, Indiana – we’ll make that in two fuel stops. Once in South Bend we have only one more event to complete, the dry skid pad. We ran the wet skid pad on day one and came in dead last out of the entire field running. Sure it sucked, but in the end it worked for us because when you’re last the only place you can go is up.

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One Lap of America: Day 8 – New Jersey Motor Sports Park

Posted in General, One Lap of America, Pro-Touring, Racing, Rally by MrAngry | May 7th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Remember yesterday when we we’re at Mid-Ohio Motor Sports Complex and I said that the Charger was being stone reliable? Well, I should have known better than to open my big friggin’ mouth. After finishing the track session UK Chris came back to the pits and pointed out that the transmission and oil temperatures were reading a bit on the high side. The transmission temperature was around 210 degrees and the oil was tipping the scale at 240. Now if my car possesses any one trait that sets it apart from all others it is consistency in the way of temperature settings, so when they started to read high, warning bells went off. We first checked the transmission fluid and found that we had thoroughly cooked it. 3000 miles at 85 + mph and 7 tracks days in a row will do that. The oil temperature though was bit of mystery.

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One Lap of America: Day 7 – Mid Ohio Sports Car

Posted in One Lap of America, Pro-Touring, Racing, Rally by MrAngry | May 6th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

The wake-up call came at 6:30 am which was about 4 hours too soon for us. I stumbled out of bed and into the shower and immediately knew I was f*cked when I put shampoo on my toothbrush – this is how tired I am. Between the racing, driving, eating shit food and trying to find time to write I can honestly say that this is one tough gig. In reflecting I also wanted to bring back to the forefront the charity for which we’re running this crazy week for. We’ve set-up a website at http://www.roadbackhome.com that benefits our United States Veterans and their families. Every donation that we take in, every dollar that we raise goes directly to them in the hopes that maybe we can improve their lives .

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One Lap of America: Day 6 – Gateway International Raceway

Posted in General, One Lap of America, Pro-Touring, Racing, Rally by MrAngry | May 5th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

We awoke this morning at 7:00 am, got showered, had coffee, a crappy hotel donut and hit the road for Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. With a 1.5-mile infield road course that incorporates part of the NASCAR oval, the infield course is not only fast, but wicked fun as well. The paddock area was quite nice with garages available for One Lap participants. This not only kept us out of the sun but also provided us with some downtime so we could regroup.

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One Lap of America – Day 5: Hallet Motor Speedway and Tulsa Dragway.

Posted in Dodge, One Lap of America, Racing, Rally by MrAngry | May 5th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2010 One Lap of America

You know you’re tired when the days begin to blur into each other. We’ve been running non-stop and it’s finally starting to take its toll on both man and machine. Today for example is Tuesday, but this morning, on 3 hours of sleep, I had no idea of that. From an automotive point of view the Charger has only eaten one fuel-pump, which isn’t bad considering it’s 42 years old. Cars, both new and old, are truly tested to their limits on this run, so seeing so many still in the hunt for the One Lap crown is pretty impressive.

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One Lap of America – Day 4: Mid-America and NO problems!

Posted in One Lap of America by MrAngry | May 3rd, 2010 | 3 Responses |

One Lap of America

Every now and then the planets align in the correct formation and all goes right with the world, such was the case this afternoon. We arrived at Mid America Motor Sports complex at about 9 am with the Charger running beautifully. The new fuel pump was installed and tested and It was also a bright and sunny day in the mid-70’s… perfect track weather. From a spectator point of view, Mid America is a great track because it’s completely flat and you can see everything. Since the track is not overly technical it’s a great place to test out the basic handling manners of your car.
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One Lap of America – Day 3: 706 miles, 5 tanks of gas, two fuel pumps and a Guardian Angel.

Posted in Chrysler, Dodge, One Lap of America by MrAngry | May 2nd, 2010 | 1 Response |

One Lap of America

So it’s now day 3 of the 2010 One Lap of America. We awoke in the cheese capital of the world, Plymouth, WI, with one goal in mind… find a fuel pump for a Chrysler 440. You may remember that when we arrived last evening our pump was pissing fuel all over the place. Had it not been for the torrential rains we drove through, it’s a distinct possibility that we may have gone up in a ball of fire. Fortunately, though, we made it to drive another day. As luck would have it our hotel was right across the street from a Car Quest auto parts store. This was great until they told us that, not only did they not have a fuel pump in stock, but that all the surrounding auto parts stores were dry as well. Now maybe it’s me, but I would’ve thought that since Chrysler put the 440 in EVERYTHING, from cars to motor homes, a fuel pump would’ve been an easy thing to sort out. I was however, very wrong.

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One Lap of America – Day 2: 260 miles, 2 tanks a wet skid pad and one leaky fuel pump.

Posted in Dodge, General, One Lap of America, Pro-Touring, Racing, Road Trips by MrAngry | April 30th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

One Lap of America

I’d like to preface this blog by saying if my spelling and grammar suck it’s because I am writing this from the passenger seat of my Charger whilst traveling at 85 mph down some interstate in Indiana. We just left the first event of the 2010 One Lap of America at Tire Rack’s headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, and are now heading 260 miles to our next destination which lies someplace in Wisconsin. Upon arriving to the facility we got our first real chance to size up the other competitors and let me just say that these guys are SERIOUS – there is nothing hokey or Hollywood about this. The cars came in all shapes and sizes from full on street legal race cars like the Ultima GTR to vintage battle sleds like the Charger. We all have one thing in common though, and that is the will to compete on some of the best racetracks in America.

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