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Freedom Autosport and Switzer to Enter 2009 One Lap of America

April 28, 2009


Can you believe it’s been a full year since Tire Rack One Lap of America 2008? Well believe it and get ready because it’s right around the corner and this year looks to be especially exciting.

For those not in the know, the “One Lap” is a annual week long cross country endurance motorsports competition. It pits drivers against each other in time trials for almost 20 legs in more than 3,200 miles of racing and traveling in a single week. Tires are controlled and entrants get only one set for the week but car modifications are allowed.

Each entrant is entered into a class dependent on what their vehicle was delivered from the factory with. For the GT-R that puts it in the SSGT1 category with cars such as the Z06, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper. Modifications, no matter how insane, do not change your class.

Last year a completely standard 2009 GT-R finished 11th but was a serious contender for 5th overall if not for an unfortunate DNF awarded in one leg. The resounding footnote from 2008 was this quote from GT-R pilot and Car & Driver editor Tony Swan:

The bottom line: whatever all you Corvette and Porsche zealots may say, the GT-R is a serious player in the supercar game. It’s a formidable sports car fast and competent, with cutting-edge technical sophistication.

Tony Swan, Car & Driver

This year the GT-Rs wont be so timid.


This Year…

Derek Whitis from Freedom Autosport has been combining forces with the tuning kings Switzer Performance to build their GT-R to compete at the very top tier, the seriously tuned realm where the Hennessey Vipers dwell and the modified Porsche 911 Turbos reign.

Making in excess of 700 awhp, the Freedom Autosport GT-R has the full Switzer P800 Performance Package which features upgraded turbos, upgraded intakes, bigger fuel injectors, bigger intercoolers and a full ECU tune.

Add to that lightweight panels from Password:JDM, active aero surfaces by AeroMotions, and components from Performance Friction & Motorsport Brake Specialists, STILLEN, GT-RR.com, Forged Performance, Kraft Nissan of Tallahassee, WillAll Racing, and JRZ suspension the package is truly potent.

This year we will be covering the One Lap again so stick around and check back for updates as it will certainly be a heated battle for the top places this year.

If you’re interested to see the One Lap in person, admission is free to the circuits, check the schedule after the jump to see if there’s one near you.

Complete press release after the read more link below…

Link: Tire Rack One Lap of America Website
Link: Switzer Performance Website
Link: Freedom Autosports Website

Oberlin, OH – 27APR2009 – Freedom Autosport/Switzer GTR Heads for One Lap of America

On May 1st, Derek Whitis’ Freedom Autosport team – featuring veteran Grand Am Rolex driver Tom Long – will set out from their Florida home with just one goal in mind: to bring home the 2009 TireRack Cannonball One Lap of America (presented by Motor Trend) winner’s trophy.

For 2009, Freedom Autosport will be campaigning a heavily modified Nissan R35 GTR, which has been tuned by Tym Switzer’s Ohio-based tuning house to deliver more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque to the Nissan’s tires – on 93 octane pump gas! In Whitis’ own words, “the GTR is a phenomenal car in stock form, but the guys at Switzer were able to turn a 500 lb gorilla into a 1000 lb King Kong in a way that makes this car faster, more linear, and easier to drive than anything I’ve ever experienced.”

Tom Long seconds Whitis’ initial impressions, adding that “the capability Switzer added to our GTR is incredible. They took a well engineered car, with world-class performance, and stepped it up to the next level. The smooth power delivery provided by a linear torque curve enables me to apply throttle all the way through the corner with absolute control … amazing!”

That added power ? from Nissan’s stock 480 hp to over 800 at the crank ? comes courtesy of Switzer’s P800 performance package that adds upgraded turbochargers, custom intake assemblies, 900cc injectors, a pair of Switzer’s MONSTER intercoolers, and Switzer’s custom software calibration, and exits through a unique Freedom Autosport-developed lightweight exhaust system.

All that added power is only one aspect of Freedom Autosport’s total package, however. The signal-green GTR makes extensive use MIT-developed of active-aero components from AeroMotions, as well lightweight carbon body panels from Password:JDM, while components from Performance Friction & Motorsport Brake Specialists, Stillen, GT-RR.com, Forged Performance, Kraft Nissan of Tallahassee, NAGTROC.com, WillAll Racing, and JRZ suspension help the car stop better and turn nearly as hard as it accelerates.

?We’re really looking forward to running the OneLap this year,? explains Whitis”Our team name and charity, the Wounded Support Fund, is all about giving a little thanks to the men and women who’ve been protecting us for the last 230 years. Freedom Autosport runs the US Marine Corps. insignia on all its cars in honor of my brother-in-law, Major Tim Anderson, but also in honor of all the soldiers who are out there risking their lives so we can be free to run events like these at home. We have veterans on our team, there are veterans on our sponsors’ payroll, and there are veterans to be counted among the seasoned Lap Dogs we’ll be running with this year.?

The 2009 running of the TireRack Cannonball OneLap of America (presented by Motor Trend) kicks off May 1st at TireRack headquarters in South Bend, Indiana and wraps up 8 days and 3200 mile later, again in South Bend. Will the Freedom Autosport/Switzer GTR break Porsche’s string of six consecutive OneLap victories and bring home the gold? We’ll find out soon enough.

For more information about this legendary race, visit http://www.onelapofamerica.com.

Event Schedule

  1. Saturday AM May 2 – Tire Rack Wet Skidpad
  2. Saturday PM May 2 – Autobahn in Joliet, IL
  3. Sunday May 3 – Autocross at Turfway Park in Florence, KY
  4. Sunday PM May 3 – 1/3 Mile Oval at Highland Rim Speedway in North Nashville, TN
  5. Monday May 4 – Little Talladega in Birmingham, AL
  6. Tuesday May 5 – Sebring Raceway in Sebring, FL
  7. Tuesday PM May 5 – Gainesville Dragstrip
  8. Wednesday May 6 – Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, FL
  9. Thursday May 7 – CMP in Kershaw, SC
  10. Friday May 8 – Beaverun in Wampum, PA
  11. Saturday May 9 – Tire Rack Dry Skidpad and Awards