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For all you Cannonball Run fans, here is the real deal...

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FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact:

Brock Yates, Jr.
610-983-3379
Cannonball Enterprises
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http://www.onelapofamerica.com

ABOUT THE TIRE RACK CANNONBALL ONE LAP OF AMERICA
Presented by Car & Driver Magazine

In the early 1970's, legendary automotive journalist Brock Yates created the Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, a race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. After five successful events, Brock set out to create a motorsports event that was accessible to the average citizen while capturing the excitement and romance of the Cannonball. And so, in 1984, the first Cannonball One Lap of America was run with the start/finish in Darien, Connecticut.

In 1984, the format of the Cannonball One Lap of America was simple: circumnavigate the lower 48 United States and "guess Brock's mileage." The team that came closest to Brock's distance won. Brock thought this format was a bit flawed and expected 1984 to be the first and last Cannonball One Lap of America. To his surprise, Brock was flooded with inquiries requesting entry in the following year's event. A kinder, gentler successor to Cannonball had been born.

From 1985 through 1991 the Cannonball One Lap of America was run as a series of Road Rallies while lapping the U.S. Under this format, competitors were scored on the basis of following a set of precise instructions defining both route and speed. A competitor was penalized for being either early or late to a Rally check point. Lowest score (fewest penalty points) won. Increasingly, Brock would also add a couple of autocrosses. These moderate speed events were run against the clock on courses set up in parking lots or on race courses with rubber pylons judiciously placed to keep the speeds down. Feedback from the competitors was enthusiastically in favor of more and faster speed events.

About the Cannonball One Lap of America

In 1992, Yates put the Cannonball One Lap of America on the format it uses today: Nearly twenty-four hours a day driving with competition taking place as time trials on race tracks throughout the country. The event, as it always has been, is foremost one of endurance and vehicle preparation. No support crews are allowed. The tires that are used on the street are the same ones that are raced on (one set per team).

Although scoring is based on performance at the racetracks, the vehicles and their drivers must survive over 5000 miles of driving interspersed with the finest meals available at gas station convenience stores. Competitors battle fatigue, weather, traffic, and the demands of high-speed competition with both unknown amateurs and seasoned professional drivers like Parnelli Jones, Price Cobb, John Buffum, Elliot Forbes Robinson and Hurley Haywood.

Participants are required to have a car, a minimum of two drivers who each have had some racing experience, and the entry fee of $2100. There is a competition class to fit virtually every automobile.

The Twentieth Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America will run May 3rd through the 10th, 2003. Starting in historic Watkins Glen on the Grand Prix course and traveling through, and competing at, Indianapolis Raceway Park, the Tire Rack Headquarters, Road America, Hallett Raceway, Tulsa Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, Carolina Motorsports Park and Beaver Run Raceway.

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Well I'll be damned....so THAT'S where Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham came up with the idea for The Cannonball Run!

There is a road race held annually somewhere in California where they close off a section of highway and then have the contestants run it in their street legal machines. It calls for a driver and a navigator, and it's a "pure" race; fastest time wins. The navigator's job is to call turns to the driver, and they do come fast. Winning speeds are usually in the 195-200mph range!
 

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Brock Yates wrote the story for The Cannonball Run movie and he actually appeared in the film. He was the guy at the timecard machine at the beginning of the race, giving out the cards to the racers so they can punch in their time.

Remember Burt Reynolds when he said, “How about a black Trans-Am….no, that’s been done before.” Classic!

That race in CA sounds wild. I’d love to find out more about that.
 
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