The grueling week long 2011 One Lap of America event that covered almost 4000 miles has finally crossed the finish line. Our SRT Dynamic Duo of Erich Heuschele and Adam Forte drove their production 2011 Challenger SRT8 to an amazing 14th overall finish among the 75 competitors. Our stock 392 HEMI® muscled its way past more exotic hardware like Porsche GT3s, ZR1 and ZO6 Corvettes and BMW M Series. Erich and Adams consistent driving skills also took out some heavy hitters and perennial favorites. The guys even finished third in their respective division the hotly contested SSGT2-Big Bore class.
During this past weekend, they had only two more events to complete. The first was the road course time trials at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet Illinois. This track offered Erich one more opportunity to push the Challenger SRT8 down the straights and around the corners. The second was back to the One Laps jumping off point, the Tire Rack Skid Pad Track in South Bend Indiana.
During the Autobahn event, Erich moved from 14th to 12th place by the second lap and finished 3rd in the SSGT2 class. Hes raced at this track before so his familiarization with the course came in handy. The Autobahn Country Club is also home to many Illinois Viper Club members and some of them came out to cheer and support our guys. Once again Erich and Adam helped came to rescue of fellow competitors and they showed the true spirit of the event. The original power steering pump on Howard LaFever and Bob Stephens 2006 Charger SRT8 ran dry and eventually burnt out due to the constant abuse from the event. Our guys help Howard and Bob get their car so they could complete One Lap.
At the Tire Rack Dry Skid Pad event, the weather had cooled and was threatening rain. However, the sun made an appearance and warmed up the rubber. The Challenger rocked on the skid pad and Erich made 2 clockwise and counterclockwise laps and recorded a stellar 0.998 Gs on the EVIC! This placed him 15th overall and 2nd in class.
Now the time had come to wrap things up for this years One Lap of America. Erich and Adam finally had a chance to relax and swap stories among the other participants during the awards ceremony and hot lunch in the Tire Rack warehouse. Luckily for our guys it was not pizza or KFC and they actually had to relearn how to use a fork and knife. It had been a week of finger licking road cuisine with the Challengers dash serving as a dining table.
During the awards ceremony Adam received the Sportsman Award for helping other participants out in their time of need. They also met the man who started the high-speed cross-country odyssey four decades ago, Brock Yates Sr. Brocks legacy with his infamous 1972 Challenger Rally was our theme when we made the cosmetic modifications on the 2011 Challenger SRT8 we entered. When asked what he thought of the new Cannonball inspired Challenger and he replied, Absolutely beautiful, nice work boys.
We couldnt agree more Brock, and thank you for creating the Cannonball Dash!