3,400 miles, 8 states, 8 racetracks, One Lap of America
Toyota Engineering Motorsports has competed in the One Lap of America since 2016. The routes have taken us across the U.S. -- as far north as Massachusetts, south to Florida, and west to Utah. The competition runs the first week of May each year.
The Toyota team races two cars, a slightly modified Toyota Camry and a highly modified Scion FR-S. The FR-S has finished second in class and the team has also competed in an Avalon which finished fourth in class. It is always a great trip that provides many opportunities for these Toyota Engineers to get out of their comfort zone and put their problem solving skills and ability to innovate to work.
The One Lap of America started as the Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Run (Cannonball Run) in 1971 by Car and Driver Magazine editor and auto racer Brock Yates as a protest against the newly adopted 55 mph national speed limit. Yates’ idea evolved into the One Lap of America gaining legitimacy along the way. It is now run by his son Brock Yates, Jr.
There’s no doubt the race is a lot of fun, but it also provides an opportunity for the production engineers to get out of the office and see their jobs from a different angle and push themselves.