One Lap of America - Pittsburgh International Race Complex
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24 Hours, 2 Cars, 1 Track, and a team of Toyota Engineers
July 21, 2015
This weekend, our team of Production Engineers is headed north to race in the “Doing Time in Joliet” 24 Hours of LeMons race at Autobahn Country Club. We will load up the Corolla FX-16 and the MR2 this week and haul them to Joliet, Ill.
The race is a true 24-hour race. It starts at 10 Saturday morning and ends at 10 Sunday morning. Our team hasn’t competed in a 24 hour race in more than five years, so we’ve had to make some adjustments. Things like adding lights to the cars. Team members have also spent a lot of time going through all the vehicle systems on both cars to ensure everything is ready to withstand the demands of a 24-hour endurance race. The work included replacing the suspension bushings on the Corolla.
The MR2 now has a completely rebuilt engine following our last race in South Haven, Mich., in April. During that race, the vehicle had overheating issues and did not finish. Team members started the engine for the first time this week and it is running smooth. We’ll take both cars in for an alignment this week before loading them up.
You’ll see some new faces at this race, including Production Engineers who have joined the team, and a new group of student Co-ops. One of the Co-ops is Luke Brophy, who attends Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. This is his third LeMons race with the Toyota team. Luke attended driver training last month and is now listed as a backup driver. He is the first Co-op to have an opportunity to drive during a race.
We invite you to come experience LeMons racing for yourself. Here are the details for you to plan your trip to the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.:
Saturday, July 25, 2015 7 a.m. – Gates open
9 a.m. – Mandatory driver’s meeting
10 a.m. – Race start
Sunday, July 26, 2015
10 a.m. – Checkered flag
10:30 a.m. – Awards ceremony
All-access spectator passes are $30 cash at the gate. Kids under 16 years of age are free. Learn more here.