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One Lap of America: Three Nissan GT-Rs Sweep All Before Them

By Freddie Heaney, Photographs Moore Good Ink. May 14, 2014

As it has done for the past four years, a nimble and swift Nissan GT-R won this year’s One Lap of America. Driven by Catesby Jones and William Taylor the Japanese marquee dominated, claiming the first three places and defeating the Corvettes, Mustangs, Vipers and Porsches.

An event conceived 31 years ago by noted auto writer Brock Yates this year’s street-legal road rally race started on May 3 in South Bend, Indiana at the premises of title sponsor Tire Rack. More than 80 entrants covered over 3,500 miles during eight days of competition, returning to their South Bend starting point on May 11. During the contest they competed in timed laps at drag strips, oval tracks, wet and dry skid pads, and road race courses. These included NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans, LA; Memphis International Raceway, TN; Atlanta Motorsports Park at Dawsonville, GA; BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina; and famed Mid-Ohio Raceway.

Devised as a high-performance endurance test, the entrants are not permitted support crews. They must also prudently manage their tires, finishing on the same set on which they started. 

Corvette driver Eric Edelman from Cicero, NY, said “My dad, Freddie, and I take about 10 days off work to do this, and we always enjoy it.” When asked about the merits of the GT-Rs, he admitted, “They have very high horsepower, sequential-shift gearboxes, and traction-stability control—they’re fast!”

Here pictured are some of this year’s top runners, including the remarkable road-going Ariel Atom.

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1st Overall
SSGT1 BB Winner
Catesby Jones and William Taylor
2010 Nissan GT-R

2nd Overall Sleeper Racing Team Michael Lattos and Eric VanCleef 2013 Nissan GT-R

2nd Overall Sleeper Racing Team Michael Lattos and Eric VanCleef 2013 Nissan GT-R

 

3rd Overall Bob Knoerzer and Derek Heim 2013 Datsun GT-R

Econo Car Class Winner 4th Overall One Lap CRX Andy Hollis and Ann Hollis 1989 Honda CRF-HF

4th Overall Econo Car Class Winner
One Lap CRX
Andy Hollis and Ann Hollis
1989 Honda CRF-HF

5th Overall Sleeper Racing Team Donald Chrzan and Brian Peele 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

5th Overall Sleeper Racing Team
Donald Chrzan and Brian Peele
2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

6th Place Special Construction Winner The Brock Yates Tribute Fund D.J. (Jack) Beachem II & Charles Espenlaub 2014 Ariel Atom OLOA Special

6th Place
Special Construction Winner The Brock Yates Tribute Fund
D.J. (Jack) Beachem II & Charles Espenlaub
2014 Ariel Atom OLOA Special

7th Place SSGT2 BB Winner Team Horrible Bosses Liam Dwyer, Brian Hair & Harley Holt 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca

7th Place
SSGT2 BB Winner Team Horrible Bosses
Liam Dwyer, Brian Hair & Harley Holt 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca

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