The BMW Performance Center Driving School with additional sponsorship from Crowne Plaza Hotels, and BMW M Performance Parts has entered a BMW M235i in the 2014 Tire Rack One Lap of America. The event will start from its traditional location of the Tire Rack Headquarters in South Bend, Indiana on May 3rd with competitors traveling over 3500 miles, and visiting 10 venues to participate in time trials, drag races, and autocross competition during the eight day event.
This will be the sixth consecutive year the team of Mike Renner and Steve Maguire have competed together. Their previous One Lap of America entries have included a BMW M3, BMW X6M, BMW 335d, BMW M5, and BMW M6.
For this year’s event the BMW M235i, a recent addition to the BMW line up is entered in the Showroom Stock class where the stringent regulations require the car to be exactly as a customer can order and drive away from any BMW Dealership. Given these restrictions, the only modifications added to the car are a number of BMW M Performance Parts, and safety upgrades.
You can follow the progress of the BMW M235i on social media via the twitter hashtag #OneLapM235 and daily updates will appear on BIMMERPOST.
The Tire Rack One Lap of America Presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine is the modern day version of the Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash of 1970. Created by Brock Yates and popularized by the movie Cannonball Run, today's One Lap of America challenges it's participants to endure long transit drives of over 400 miles daily and to compete on 10 of America’s most challenging racetracks in 8 days.
The 2014 route is contained within the eastern half of the United States with competitors driving a counter clockwise loop from South Bend, IN to the Gulf Coast, then eastward to New Jersey, and north to Michigan via Ohio, before returning to South Bend eight days later. The current event is headed by Brock Yates, Jr. and will be celebrating its pearl anniversary with the 30th running of the event.
Spectators are welcome at all locations to watch the on-track action and take a closer look at the BMW M235i and chat with Mike & Steve.
Date Start Time Event Type
May 3 8:00am Tire Rack - Wet Skid Pad
May 3 noon Grissom Air Force Base - Autocross
May 3 5:00pm National Corvette Museum - Passage Control
May 4 8:30am Memphis International Raceway Road Course - Time Trial
May 4 12:30pm Memphis International Raceway Road Course - Time Trial
May 4 4:00pm Memphis International Raceway Drag Strip - Drag Race
May 4 4:30pm Memphis International Raceway Drag Strip - Bracket Drag
May 5 8:30am NOLA Motorsports park North Track - Time Trial
May 5 12:30pm NOLA Motorsports park North Track - Time Trial
May 5 4:00pm Mobile International Speedway Oval - Time Trial
May 5 5:00pm Battleship Alabama - Passage Control
May 6 8:00am Atlanta Motorsports Park Road Course - Time Trial
May 6 noon Atlanta Motorsports Park Road Course - Time Trial
May 6 4:00pm BMW Performance Center - Time Trial
May 7 8:30am New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt Raceway - Time Trial
May 7 12:30am New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt Raceway - Time Trial
May 8 9:00am Mid Ohio Sports Car Course - Time Trial
May 8 1:00pm Mid Ohio Sports Car Course - Time Trial
May 8 4:00pm Design Engineering, Inc. - Passage Control
May 9 9:00am Gingerman Raceway - Time Trial
May 9 1:00pm Gingerman Raceway - Time Trial
May 10 8:00am Tire Rack Dry Skid Pad
May 2 Update
So as I mentioned earlier I promised that today I would provide a full run down of all the BMW M Performance Parts installed on our BMW M235i.
- Black Grilles
- Front Splitter
- Carbon Fiber Mirror Maps
- Rocker Panel Blades
- Rocker Panel Graphics
- Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
- Rear Diffuser
- Alcantara Steering Wheel with Race Display
- Exhaust System
- Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
The BMW M Performance Parts are developed in conjunction with BMW M GmbH and are designed to capture the feel and spirit of the racetrack and further enhance the driving dynamics of the vehicle, while also giving a powerful and exclusive appearance.
All BMW M Performance Parts are tested to ensure compliance with stringent group standards and offer superior warranty coverage: 4 Year / 50K miles when purchased with a new vehicle or 2 years or the balance of the new vehicle warranty, whichever is greater.
Also many BMW M Performance Parts may be fully residualized on leases when installed utilizing the VDC Installed Accessories program. Please contact your BMW Client Advisor for additional details.
May 3-4 Update
First event completed on the wet skid pad at Tire Rack. Currently first in SSGT2 Small Bore and Stock Touring classes. Mike ran a 34.916 mph and pulled 0.755G's. Will have a video uploaded shortly.
Excellent start to the event as we're up against some pretty potent machinery in SSGT2 Small Bore class, and will provide more details on our competition in a letter post.
2 Addicts member Art Sanders from Springfield, IL came out to watch the proceedings.
We now heading down Grissom Airbase for the monster autocross, then to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY for a passage control and expect to arrive in Memphis sometime later tonight.
Official Results for the wet Skid Pad which is based on G's pulled. Right know we're running with the big boys-)
Position Car No. Class Car Team G's Points
1 2 SSGT1 2010 Nissan GT-R Catesby Jones/William Taylor 0.829 265
2 22 SSGT1 Big Bore 2009 Dodge Viper ACR George Batejan/Steve Smotrich 0.790 260
3 3 SSGT1 Big Bore 2008 Dodge Viper Steve Loudin/Tom Drewer 0.774 255
4 1 SSGT1 Big Bore 2011 AUDI TSM OLOA LM R8TT Douglas Wilks/Leh Keen 0.769 250
5 29 SSGT2 Big Bore 2000 Chevy Corvette Jim Roberts/Shane Lintne 0.760 245
6 9 Luxury Sedan 2011 BMW M3 Robin Sparrow/Woody Hair 0.755 240
6 T 13 SSGT1 Big Bore 2013 Datsun GTR Bob Knoerzer 0.755 240
8 12 SSGT2 Small Bore 2014 BMW M235i Mike Schnell Renner/Steve Maguire 0.754 230
9 17 SSGT2 Big Bore 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Jon Krolewicz/Steven Rankins 0.753 225
10 18 SSGT2 Big Bore 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Liam Dwyer/Brian Hair 0.743 0.743 220
Making you guys proud!
Photographs of this mornings wet skid pad at Tire Rack
Results are in for today's second event, the autocross at Grissom Air Base, IN.
In first place was Andy Hollis, a SCCA National Autocross Champion with a time of in his highly modified Honda CRX with 49.054 seconds. We placed 18th overall with 53.176 seconds.
For the day this places us in 11th overall, 2nd in SSGT2 Small Bore, 0.5 seconds behind a VW GTI reputably with 350hp at the wheels, sequential gearbox, and many more modifications. And 1st in Stock Touring, leading by 1/10th of a second.
The events today have been relatively short in nature. Tomorrow we spend the day at Memphis Motorsport Park starting with two time trials followed a drag race and a bracket drag.
Currently we're on our way to the Corvette Museum for a passage control, before heading on to Memphis.
Here's few pics from the autocross.
Here are a couple of videos for the wet skid pad and autocross.
Wet Skid Pad:
May 5 Update
We spent the second day of this year’s event at Memphis Motorsport Park, running two time trials, a drag race, and bracket drag.
Located north of the city, Memphis Motorsport Park is a combination road course and drag strip, with a separate oval thrown in for good measure. The road course is 1.8 miles long with 8 turns and 3500 ft. long straightaway. This was the first time One Lap had returned to this track since 2003, so for most this was a new experience.
The road course time trials consist of three timed lap starting from a standing start with four to five cars running at a time, each car starting 30 or more seconds behind the one in front.
Both of our session we well with a 4:01.2 placing us 20th for the first session and a 3:59.826, good for 23rd in the afternoon session.
Here’s a video of the morning’s run.
After a short delay while the track was reconfigured, we began the drag races The first run was a straight drag race with second and any subsequent runs been bracket races.
For the first run Mike beat fellow BMW competitor Robin Sparrow in his E92 M3, but as he admitted his reaction time wasn’t too good, so it’s not really a fair comparison, but anyway it makes for good viewing
On to the bracket drag and we go through the first round, but lost in the next to Andy Hollis’s Honda CRX.
After our elimination we packed up and continued our drive south on I-40 and I-55 heading for our overnight halt at the Crowne Plaza Airport hotel in New Orleans, where we arrived around 11:00pm.
So at the end of the day we were 13th overall, first in SSGT2 and Stock Touring classes.