In case you haven’t picked up your very own Oct. 2012 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine, the story detailing our class championship in the 2012 One Lap of America is now available for your online reading pleasure.
Click here or on the image below to read the story online.
Exclusive Online Images
During the event, Evan and I shot a LOT of pictures (hey, that’s what we do when we’re NOT driving). So, though the beauty of the internet, here are some additional images that Mr. Smith simply didn’t have room to include in the print version of the article. (click on the image below)
Thanks again to the team at Roush Performance for allowing Evan and I to showcase the “street and track” performance capabilities of their brand new (at the time) 2013 Roush RS3 in this real-world test of man and machine.
Track Guys Performance Driving Events owner and lead instructor, Jeff Lacina, has been added to the list of reasons why YOU should be bringing your Shelby, Boss 302, Mustang GT, Ford GT or any OTHER Ford-powered car to the Sept. 21-23 events at Motorsports Park Hastings, Hastings, Nebraska.
Lacina will be conducting a “Basics of Performance Driving” class for participants, especially first-time and novice drivers participating in the Team Shelby “Ponies on the Plains” and MPH’s own 2012 Ford & Mustang Roundup. He will also be one of the guest speakers at Saturday night’s dinner / autocross awards where he will be giving a presentation and answering questions about he and co-driver Evan Smith’s championship run in this year’s running of the infamous One Lap of America. “This performance driving class will help drivers understand the fundamental principles of driving their Shelby’s and Mustangs on a track and in performance manner,” explains Lacina. “We’ll cover the physics of getting the car around the track as well as some of the basic rules and procedures covering track driving events. This will be a GREAT way for even a pure first-time driver to be introduced to this incredibly fun and rewarding sport of performance driving. We’ll also have a group of our lap-happy in-car instructors available for those who want some in-car coaching.”
Lacina adds that drivers of all skill levels are welcome to attend the class to pick up additional performance driving pointers. “That’s the best thing about this sport – you’re never done learning,” adds Lacina. “And it’s always fun to learn a new sport, especially once you understand the basics of what you can do in the car and out on the track. This event is the perfect venue for first-time and novice drivers to come out and give it a try. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, so why not this event?”
These events will NOT be full Track Guys events and that Shelby, Mustang and Ford owners interested in attending MUST register via the Ponies on the Plains or Ford & Mustang Roundup websites. If you want to take advantage of the Track Guys classroom sessions and in-car instructors, please note that fact on your registrations forms.
Evan Smith, editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine awaits his chance to drive at Motorsports Park Hastings during the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America competition.
Since 2002, Lacina has been conducting Track Guys Performance Driving Schools at race tracks all over the U.S. and Canada. To date, he has driven and/or instructed on 75 different road courses and race tracks across North America. Lacina, along with co-driver, Evan Smith, raced their way to the SSGT2 Big Bore Class Championship in the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America in a 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang, including two on-track races and an autocross victory at Motorsports Park Hastings.
Motorsports Park Hastings: 2.15 miles, 14-turns...you KNOW you wanna drive MPH!
Lacina’s Track Guys classroom session will be conducted on both Friday morning and Friday afternoon, followed by at-speed on-track sessions for the student drivers. “This will be a great event for Mustang, Shelby and high-performance Ford owners,” adds Lacina. “And I KNOW there are a lot of Boss 302 Mustangs, Mustang GTs and Shelby GT500 drivers who want to be a part of this event and have a great weekend at the track a bunch of Ford friends.”
If you have any questions about either of these two event, contact the following individuals:
Team Shelby / Ponies on the Plains
or Ford & Mustang Roundup
Motorsports Park Hastings
Track Guys Performance Driving Events is proud to announce that we have secured a date at the newest road course in North America: Atlanta Motorsports Park. The dates are June 30 – July 1 and registration is OPEN!
Click on the image above to sign up for the June 30-July 1 Event
If you want to one of the FIRST GROUP OF DRIVERS IN THE COUNTRY to learn how to drive this incredible new facility, do NOT delay – spaces are limited and we expect this event to sell out.
Located just outside of Dawsonville, GA (about an hour north of Atlanta), Atlanta Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art driving facility, designed by none other than Tilke Engineering out of Germany. Yes, the same company that designed the new F1 track being constructed in Austin, TX.
To learn more about Atlanta Motorsports Park, click here to visit their website
If you’re “new” to Track Guys and have questions about our own unique brand of on-track driver’s education, visit the FAQ section under the “About” tab or click here.
Jeff Lacina, Track Guys Owner and Lead Instructor stopped by the track on his way back from the May Sebring event. Check out this exclusive in-car video tour of this diving, twisting and turning track.
Lacina's 2011 Mustang GT at AMP's entrance - time to AMP it up!
Isn’t it time to get your driving on track? Do it with Track Guys! See you on track at AMP.
Jeff Lacina Owner / Lead Instructor Track Guys Performance Driving Events
Apex of AMP's turn 11...ready for an uphill run?
At the summit... I mean, apex of AMP's turn 12. Yeah, they've got elevation change.
For 10 years, Track Guys Performance Driving Events has been conducting high-value, high-fun performance driving schools at tracks all over the U.S. and Canada. So what better place to celebrate 10 years of “learnin’ and turnin’” than at Sebring International Raceway. Kenny Brown Performance joined us this year as title sponsor for this ever-growing event. But, if you know the gang at Kenny Brown, you know they simply don’t hang their name on an event – they show up in force and with a fleet of cars showcasing Kenny Brown’s approach to building products that work both on the street and on the track.
Kenny Brown takes his newest track monster, Ruby, down into Sebring's famous Turn 1 - Photo by Race Shot Resource
The 2012 Sebring event was our largest to date with more than 150 participants in both the one and two-day programs as well as our very popular Track Guys Test Drive program. We want to thank EVERYONE who came out to this event – drivers, family, friends, car show participants and of course, our hard working crew of dedicated and lap-happy in-car instructors.
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Want to check out some of the images? Sure you do… There a gallery of more than 220 photos on our Track Guys Facebook page – follow this link.
Follow this link or click on the image to read the event coverage from StangTV.com.
You can also stop on by the Track Guys Youtube channel and catch some awesome videos from the event – be sure to check out our “Favorite” videos, too.
Track Guys' YouTube Channel
In addition to Kenny Brown, we had several other companies who come on as sponsors for our 10th Anniversary event, including:
* Chicane 23
* TMS Autosports
* Best Mustang Parts
* Late Model Restoration
* Colour Tech South Motorsports Photography
* Torq Performance
* Steeda Autosports
* SCT Performance
* Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine
* Open Track Connection
* Race Shot Resource
We hope to see you at Sebring in 2013!
Jeff Lacina, Owner / Lead Instructor
Dell Hughes, Business Manager
Jonathan Blevins, Chief of Safety and Tech
Facebook Update: To make it easier for everyone to upload, tag and share images and videos, we’ve created a new Track Guys “fan” page on Facebook. Stop by and give us a “Like”… clicky here…
For the more “serious” discussions about performance driving, we still have our Track Guys “group” page here… simply request to join and we’ll get you added to the mix of on-track junkies and instructors.
Jeff Lacina (L) and Evan Smith accept their 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America award
The Roush Performance entry in the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America presented by Grassroots Motorsports magazine powered their way to the SSGT2 Big Bore Class Championship in dominating fashion. The team consisted of Car Captain, Jeff Lacina, Owner and Lead Instructor of Track Guys Performance Driving Events, and co-driver, Evan Smith, Editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine.
In addition to their class championship, the duo also notched a 3rd place finish in the “Stock” vehicle category and a 16th place overall finish, placing ahead of numerous, more expensive SSGT1 Big Bore cars and teams. The 2012 event drew a total of 75 entries and featured teams and drivers from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany and Canada.
Day 1 started with a wet skid pad competition at Tire Rack’s South Bend, IN facility then moved to a deviously-tricky oval track. Check out Evan Smith hustlin’ the 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang around South Bend Speedway’s 1/4-mile banked oval – much more difficult than it looks!
Go for a ride with Lacina during his afternoon time trail run at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma…this was on Day 3 of One Lap.
Lacina pilots the 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang through Brainerd's very fast turn 10
The One Lap of America is often referred to as the most grueling motorsports event in North America as teams are pushed to the limit both on the track as well as the long “transit” legs between competitions. “You have to be a pretty serious driver to competed in this event,” said Lacina. “Running smooth, clean, consistent and fast laps on the various race tracks is one thing… now combine that with an week-long road trip of epic proportions and you have quite the mental and physical challenge. It was a lot of stress, a lot of fun and we got to meet and race with some great competitors.”
In 2012, the One Lap included a wide range of points-earning competitions, including: wet skid pad, 1/4-mile paved oval, road course time trials, autocross, ET drag racing, bracket drag racing and a dry skid pad event. By the end of the event, Lacina and Smith had driven 4,043 miles through 13 different states, visited eight different race tracks and competed in 19 different points-paying events in just seven days of competition.
The Roush Performance entry of Smith and Lacina provided daily updates during the competition to their respective Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Lacina also posted “day by day” photo galleries on his Facebook page and Roush Performance blogged about the team’s success on their web page.
Returning the car to Roush Performance... safe and sound and number 1 in class!
From Smith and Lacina: “We want to thank the entire team at Roush Performance in Plymouth, MI for your confidence in us and our abilities to properly showcase your 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang in this real-world demonstration of their world-class combination of driving comfort, reliability and championship-winning performance. An outstanding car from an outstanding group of professionals who “get it”! Check out this fun video the team at Roush put together at the start of the event…it’s stuff like this that kept us going. Thanks again to everyone at Roush Performance.
A huge thank you to the incredibly dedicated (and slightly demented) One Lap of America Team, lead by Brock Yates, Jr. This is truly a world-class event thanks to your efforts and dedication. Well done!
And finally, we must thank all our friends and colleagues for your support during this grueling event. We especially want to thank our wives and families for your unwavering love and support for our passions for performance driving, adventure and sharing it with our readers and our students. We simply could not do this without you…”
Cool down lap at Brainerd: Saluting our friends, families, spouses and corner workers for their support and encouragement.
Yes, it’s true. I FINALLY get to take part in one of the most grueling and unique automotive events in the world – the Tire Rack 2012 One Lap of America presented by Grassroots Motorsports. This year, Evan Smith and I have been awarded the wonderful privilege of driving the recently-released 2013 Roush RS3 Ford Mustang in this legendary automotive event.
My co-pilot for this trip will be Evan Smith, Editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine – yes, the same Evan Smith who attend and drove at our 2011 Sebring event (along with several of his staff writers) and covered it extensively in the magazine (see story below).
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a contributing editor to MM&FF since the early 1990s, writing about performance driving upgrades, schools and later, was asked to take the wheel of the monthly “Contact Patch” column. Now, the opportunity to represent the MM&FF as well as Roush Performance in their brand new 2013 Roush RS3 Mustang in the One Lap of America is a driving dream come true.
Personally and professionally, the One Lap of America has been on my automotive “bucket list” for years and I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity. It’s a true honor to be selected by both MM&FF and Roush Performance for this event. I want to thank Evan Smith for asking me to be his co-driver and of course, the team at Roush Performance, especially Tim Wheeler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Jay Velthoven, Director of Creative Media & Vehicle Design.
Keep up with us…if you can!
During the event, Evan and I will be doing our best to keep everyone updated as to our progress and how well we are doing at each of the tracks. We’ll be using both Twitter and Facebook to post up info, pictures and video. There will also be official One Lap of America “check points” along the route and it would be GREAT to see some friendly faces showing up to support Evan and I on our grueling multi-day, multi-track adventure.
Photos from Sunday are now available online. You can view and purchase photos from ASL Photography here.
We will also have images from Blevins Enterprises posted here as soon as they are available online as well.
Posting your own photos/video:
If you have photos or video that you’d like to share, please feel free to post them on the Track Guys Facebook page or if you have an online gallery someplace else (Photobucket, Flickr, etc, etc), please email me (Jeff@trackguys.com) the link and we’ll give your photo skills credit and add them to this page.
Track Guys YouTube Channel
Yes, we’ve got our own YouTube channel… if you upload videos, email me the link and we’ll add them as a “favorite” to our Track Guys Driving channel on YouTube!
Track Guys' YouTube Channel
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It was great having SO many drivers join us at Texas World Speedway, especially in the Beginner and Novice Groups. Here’s to making 2013 – our 10th year at TWS – even BIGGER!
Jeff Lacina Owner / Lead Instructor Track Guys Performance Driving Events
During our 9th annual Sebring Sensation event in 2011, we hosted the editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine, Evan Smith, along with two writers, Marc Christ and Elisa Brooks.
Evan Smith, Editor of MM&FF, along with Elisa Brooks and Marc Christ joined all us hard-core "Track Dawgs" at our 2011 Sebring Sensation
While all of these die-hard Mustang enthusiasts have been around cars for the majority of their professional careers, neither Christ or Brooks had ever taken part in a full-on performance driving school – until they came to run with Track Guys.
Marc Christ is behind the wheel, listening carefully to his in-car instructor, Frank Perdomo
Just like they state in the first sentence;
“Getting on track couldn’t be easier than with Track Guys Performance Driving Events.”
Kudos to Marc and Elisa for their outstanding work – in the classroom, in the car and at the keyboard. Writing about your experiences and your learning process (and admitting that you actually learned a few things) is a difficult task…kind of like mastering turn 17 at Sebring!
Elisa is ready to go... her instructor? Fernando Da Silva, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: He's ALWAYS ready to drive, eh!
Pick up a copy of the Oct 2011 issue of MM&FF and check out the article starting on page 134.
Or, if you’d like to read the article online, click here or on the image of the web page below.
MM&FF Editor is Keynote Speaker at Sebring event
Evan Smith, editor of MM&FF, shares some of his experiences with his fellow drivers at the Saturday night BBQ dinner
Evan Smith, editor of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, served as the keynote speaker at our Saturday night dinner party. Editor Smith shared stories of his driving career and his serious addiction for going fast – both in a straight line and around turns.
Thanks to Evan, Elisa and Marc – as well as all our drivers and instructors – for spending part of your Memorial Day holiday with Track Guys at Sebring. See you in 2012!
Oh yeah, Smith also got to pilot this brand new 2012 Roush Stage 3 Mustang around the 3.7-mile Sebring course.
We are very pleased to be working with Team Shelby and their Regional Directors in putting on performance driving events all over the US!
After helping to officially “launch” Team Shelby by conducting the driving events at the very first Las Vegas Shelby Birthday Bash back in 2008, we’ve been looking forward to getting Team Shelby and all their members “back on track” in a fun, safe, and (mostly) controlled learning environment.
For Team Shelby members reading this, we accept event registrations for our events at this web site: http://www.trackguys.motorsportreg.com, so you might as well go visit this site and set up a membership so you can sign up for the events as SOON as we get registration open for them.
Again, welcome Team Shelby members and we look forward to seeing you on track!
Track Guys Performance Driving Events