One Lap of America celebrates the legendary Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash - the Cannonball Run.
Started in the 1970s by Brock Yates, an editor at Car and Driver magazine, the race originally ran from the Red Ball Garage New York City to Redondo Beach, CA. The only rule was that there were no rules - no set route, no type of vehicle, no maximum speed. The one who got to California first won.
Since the '70s, the race has changed its name, added prescribed routes (which change annually) and adopted a strong emphasis on safety. The legend of the Cannonball Run lives on, however, in the cool variety of cars, the love of the road, and the spirit of non-conformity and fun that all the teams bring to the race.
This year's race runs from The Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana, south to Oklahoma, east to New Jersey and looping back to Indiana - a 3,500 mile course in one week. At each stop, drivers compete in track events to add a little variety to the competition.