One Lap of America 2007: Project One Lap

In the early 1970's Brock Yates, senior editor of Car and Driver Magazine created the now infamous Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash; a flat out, no-holds-barred race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. Imortalized in Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit movies, the event has been run in various formats over the years.

Today's Cannonball One Lap of America is all about endurance and vehicle preparation with teams driving nearly twenty-four hours a day and competitions taking place as time trials on race tracks throughout the country.

The Project One Lap team has entered the 2007 event with a 2001.5 S4 Avant, a 450hp daily driver belonging to Josh Wyte and co-driven by friends Kasim Esmail and Ed Casey. The Project One Lap team is anxious to prove that the Audi is up to the task and is also raising money for Racing 2 Save Lives, a nonprofit organization that supports different children's charities.

Below are links to driver bios, photo galleries and to daily updates from the team on the road.

Update #11
Wrap Up
Back to Tire Rack to wrap things up, some reflections on the event and the long drive home

Update #10
Mid Ohio N00bs
On to Mid Ohio where the team's lack of experience at this track makes a big difference

Update #9
The Drags
First time drag racing turns out pretty darn well... and carnage at the track

Update #8
UPS Priority Overnight
Yay! UPS is delivering new pads and rotors which should arrive by noon, right?

Update #7
%&*@$ Brakes, Give Us Some Peace!
More work on the brakes, which still aren't right, leads to some offroading

Update #6
Frankenstein S4
A "new" master cylinder is swapped into the car and the relentless pace continues

Update #5
Brakes? Who Needs Brakes?
A bad master cylinder threatens to make things a little too interesting, but a late night repair session is in the works

Update #4
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
The racing starts in earnest in this update with wet skid pad, a country club track and then a 400 mile drive to Council Bluffs, IA

Update #3
T-minus One Day
With the event start just a day away the team is still dealing with certain "issues"

Update #2
Omaha - Somewhere in Middle America
Finding a good meal not always as easy as it seems, and Crackberry vs. the toilet

Update #1
Departure from Colorado
Final preparation and the long drive to South Bend

Driver Bios
Project One Lap Team Bios
Background information on the team's three drivers

  • Project One Lap Main Coverage Page
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