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Old Fri, May-05-2017, 07:45:03 PM   #1
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Default BMW Performance Center Enters BMW M3 ZCP in 2017 One Lap of America

This is becoming a sickness! The beginning of May means Mike Renner & I leave our respective spouses for 10 days and travel over 3500 miles around the eastern United States competing in the Brock Yate’s One Lap of America.

This is Mike's 10th time competing in the event and my 9th. Last year we finshed 10th overall and class winners in SSGT1 and Stock Touring Class with a BMW M2.

We visit eight race venues, competing in 19 events throughout the week starting on Saturday at Tire Rack in South Bend, IN traveling as far south as Florida and then make our way back north to Michigan before returning to South Bend the following Saturday.



Each day we compete in two or three competitive events, ranging from time trials at race tracks, autocrosses and a drag races. All testing the capabilities of both car and driver.

For further punishment, we usually leave the track mid-afternoon and drive 500 to 600 miles to a hotel, (which in our case is an IHG hotel who is one of our sponsors), near the following day’s venue. So, as you can imagine driving this kind of distance means we arrive late at night, resulting in only a few hours sleep before waking up, having a quick shower and breakfast and heading to the track for a 8:30am start.

Each year we have chosen a vehicle from the BMW Performance Center fleet representing one of the current family of M models, and this year we selected a 2017 BMW M3 with Competition Package option. To this we’ve added a few goodies from the BMW M Performance Parts catalog, including front splitter, rear spoiler, steering wheel with race display, carbon fiber mirror caps, and the titanium exhaust with carbon fiber exhaust tips. As for shoes, we’re running the recently released Continental Extreme Contact Sport.



Come back to this thread each day as we'll be providing updates on our experience throughout the week AND we'll be offering something special for anyone interested in a BMW Performance Driving School Program.

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Mike & I left the BMW Performance Center early Thursday morning to drive up to South Bend, IN along with Tom Lappin who has been one of our team mates in previous years, but this year has paired up with Robyn Sparrow in his E92 BMW M3 Coupe.

The drive north was fairly relaxing until lunchtime when we gat caught up in the storms which had pummeled the Midwest over the last few days. Spending over 5 hours driving through heavy rain is not my idea of fun, it took great concentration to focus on the highway when you could only see a few yeard in front of the car. As Mike kept reminding me the competition started immediately when we left the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC. If we don’t make it to South Bend, then we’ve lost before the first green flag has waved! The good news was the Continental Extreme Contact Sports really did the job in these atrocious conditions. The car was extremely stable and didn’t experience any aquaplaning during the drive.

As usual cold and windy conditions welcomed us to South Bend, and as mentioned in the previous post, we’ve been competing in One Lap for many years, and every time we’ve been here, weather conditions have never been very cooperative.

We quickly checked into the Staybridge Suites, our home for the next two nights, and then walked over to the event host hotel to meetup with old friends and do a bit of bench racing before we all get to serious.

Today was a fairly relaxing time with only tech inspection, registration, and the competitors meeting filling the day.







In between these activities, we gathered around each other’s cars to discuss what new parts had been added and horsepower gains (you can never have to much horsepower) since last year, or in some cases why last year’s car had been retired and replaced with something perceived to be faster and/or more reliable.

So, what cars are we competing against? Well there’s everything you can imagine, from the Grizwold’s Ford LTD station wagon all the way to the other extreme of 1000hp Nissan GTR’s. Below are a few pics from today which will give you a flavor for the variety of cars teams have prepared for the event.














Tomorrow we head for the wet skidpad at Tire Rack and then drive 90 miles south to Grissom Air Force Base for the autocross, then its on to Memphis.

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Saturday was the first day of competition featuring a wet skidpad at Tire and in South Bend followed by a 80 mile drive south to Grissom Airforce Reserve Base for the autocross hosted by the Indy Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

On the wet skidpad the driver must be extremely precise in driving as close to the inside line as possible while dancing on the knife edge between adhesion and slip. Falling off the edge will result in the car drifting wide and thus loosing valuable milliseconds in this very competitive event.


Each driver drives two counterclockwise laps followed by two clockwise laps. The combined g force measurement of the four laps determines the drivers overall position.

Mike completed his four laps pulling 0.752g good for 11th place overall and first in the Luxury Sedan and Stock Touring Classes.

The Autocross consisted of three runs for each competitor through a maze of cones covering a large area of pavement and therefore enabling two cars to run the course simultaneously. Typically, the process for a good time is to walk the course multiple times before the competition begins while taking note of the ideal line and observing where grip may be compromised due to lose gravel.



The goal is to set the lowest elapsed time while avoiding knocking down any cones as hitting a cone results in one second been added to the time for each cone hit.

The traditional process is for the driver’s first run to be a “banker lap”, setting a decent time just in case they make a pigs-ear of subsequent runs! So if everything goes to plan the times will drop as the driver becomes more familiar with the course and the handling characteristics of their car around the course.

So Mike’s times for his three runs were:
1. 53.425 sec.
2. 52.368 sec.
3. 52.508 sec.

His second run was the best resulting in 23rd out of 68 competitors.
Looking at overall results after 2 events we are 17th and 1st in Luxury Sedan and Stock Touring classes.

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Awesome. I'm looking forward to a west coast version.
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Day two at Memphis International Raceway consisted of two time trials, a trip down the drag strip for outright time and an elimination bracket drag, so as you can imagine it was pretty non-stop activities for us all day. Gone were the winds & cool temperatures of Indiana, replaced by clear skies, slight breeze and temperatures in the mid 60’s. Great to be back in the south!

When we arrive at the tracks our first task is to unload the car, then depending on time available we’ll do a track walk, or if pressed for time Mike will walk the track while I continue to prepping the car for the day’s activities.

Once we return tire pressures are adjusted necessary, lug bolts checked for correct torque, and a general inspection is carried out around the car and under the hood.

For the time trails the cars are separated into groups of four or five depending on the length of the track with the groups defined by the speed of the car and capabilities of the driver so we don’t impede each other during the run. The session format consists of the group of competitors make one recce lap of the course before coming to a halt at the start/finish line. Then we’re sent on our way at 15 second intervals for three laps, competing against the clock for the fastest time.


Mike had two excellent runs on the road course, his morning & afternoon times were within two hundreds of a second of each other and rewarding us with eleventh place each time, 3:47.077 and 3:47.208 respectively.


Once the runs were completed, the front straight was cleaned and prepared for the drag strip competition. The first run was a Low ET pass. Red lights and reaction time did not count to the scoring, just the elapsed time of the pass. Mike covered the quarter mile in 12.397 seconds with a top speed of 118.24 mph.


The second event was a Bracket Elimination. After the first run each team must calculate the expected Elapsed Time (ET) of the car that should not be exceeded. Going faster than the dial-in time causes break-out and automatic elimination, so the goal is to beat the car in the other lane without dipping below your ET. We managed to complete two of these runs before being eliminated which resulted in tying for sixth place.

So we left Memphis tenth overall and still leading Luxury Sedan and Stock Touring classes. Now it’s on to Road Atlanta for Day 3 and two time trials.
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Road Atlanta, one of our favorite tracks when Mike has spent thousands of miles behind the wheel of various BMW’s. In fact, Mike has been driving Road Atlanta for so many years, his first laps were in a Roman chariot with a full complement of horses!



It was great to see so many friends from the local Peachtree BMW CCA Chapter take the time to stop by and offer their encouragement for our One Lap adventure.

If you have never been to Road Atlanta, you owe to yourself to put it on your bucket list of tracks to visit and experience this 2.5 mile track full of elevation change and experience the exhilaration for driving through turn 12 as fast as your pucker factor will allow.

Here's turn 12


So far, we’ve been fortunate with awesome mechanical reliability, all we’ve had to do is wash the car, check tire pressures, and torque wheel nuts. Others have not been so fortunate. The No 4 Mitsubishi Evo broke a crank the Roadkill Firebird need a new engine, but in typical One Lap fashion they both vowed to get repaired their respective rides and join up with the event later.

Here's a section of the BMW competitors in the padock. Our car in the foreground followed by Robin Sparrow's E92 M3 co-driven by Tom Lappin, next up is the E93 M3 of Dan & Ben Schaut, a father & son team, and finally Neil Simons heavily modified 1M driven on this years event by Brian Hair.



Both sessions ran flawlessly for us, Mike completed the morning run in 4:57.136 and the three afternoon laps in 4:57.936, good for 10th position on both occasions and just for good measure we left Road Atlanta in 10th place overall.
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Here's a full video from our second run at Road Atlanta on Monday.

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The 4th day of One Lap of America competition was at Sebring, FL, a track famous for the 12 hours of Sebring, rough pavement, and high temperatures.

On the previous day, we had headed south from Road Atlanta to Sebring via the back roads to avoid the chaos of Atlanta caused by the bridge failure on I-85 and joining I-85 north of Macon, arriving at the track hotel around 11:00pm.

Our BMW M3 driven by Mike Renner continues in 10th position overall and first in Luxury Sedan and Stock Touring Classes.

The two sessions here obviously favored the high horsepower cars, though Mike justified our 10th overall with a morning result with a time of 7:25.943, good for 10th, and 12th tripping the timing beacon with 7:32.296.

Here's one of our videos from Sebring with telemetry as provided with GoPro Hero 5 Black.


From Sebring we headed north to a time control at Grassroots Motorsports and some pizza before continuing our journey north to Camden, South Carolina for a few hour rest at the Holiday Inn Express.


BMW M3 & Sponsors

Our BMW is one of the BMW Performance Driving School's BMW M3's with a few BMW M Performance Parts; Coilover Suspension, Carbon Fiber Front Splitter, Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps, Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler, Titanium Exhaust, and Alcantara Steering Wheel with Race Display.

The team is sponsored by BMW Performance Driving Schools, BMW M Performance Parts, IHG Rewards, and Continental Tire.

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About One Lap of America

Each year The One Lap of America runs in May and during the course of eight days’ visits eight or nine race venues across the country.

At each venue competitors complete for points in Autocross, Time Trials, and Skid pads against the clock. For more information about the One Lap of America visit http://onelapofamerica.com/
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Day 5. Today we were at what could be considered our second home track Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) near Kershaw, South Carolina. This would be familiar territory for Mike and our BMW Performance Center BMW M3, so a good result was expected.

The dry weather continued to bless the 2017 edition of One Lap and we were fortunate to secure one of the garages to shelter from the sun.

We arrived at CMP in 10th overall, hoping to consolidate our position during the day before heading north to Dominion Raceway in Virginia. Lining up in 10th place meant we were playing with the high horsepower cars including GTR’s, Porsche's, Vette's, and Viper's of various configurations, all with putting considerable more power to the wheels than ourselves. Some of the GTR’s were reputed to have over 1000hp!


So, for the first session Mike placed 15th with a time of 5:24.180 and 13th in the afternoon with 5:29.292 good for 13th.


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Our BMW is one of the BMW Performance Driving School's BMW M3's with a few BMW M Performance Parts; Coilover Suspension, Carbon Fiber Front Splitter, Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps, Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler, Titanium Exhaust, and Alcantara Steering Wheel with Race Display.

The team is sponsored by BMW Performance Driving Schools, BMW M Performance Parts, IHG Rewards, and Continental Tire.

BMW Performance Center https://bmwperformancecenter.com/

BMW M Performance Parts http://www.shopbmwusa.com/BMW-PERFORMANCE

IHG Rewards https://www.ihg.com/rewardsclub/

Continental Extreme Contact Sport Tires http://www.continentaltire.com/produ...-19550zr16-84w

One Lap of America

Each year The One Lap of America runs in May and during the course of eight days’ visits eight or nine race venues across the country.

At each venue competitors complete for points in Autocross, Time Trials, and Skid pads against the clock. For more information about the One Lap of America visit http://onelapofamerica.com/
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