For one week, the AutoNation team traveled the countryside as competitors in the 2015 One Lap of America race. Armed with a striking Sublime Green 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and a gray 2015 Dodge Durango R/T support vehicle — affectionately named George and Ron Burgundy — we drove over 3,000 miles through Middle America to flog the big 485 horsepower coupe on some of the area’s most infamous race tracks.
With competition starting at the Tire Rack’s skidpad in South Bend, Indiana, we then traveled west to Raceway Park of the Midlands (formerly Mid America) in Pacific Junction Highway. Soon thereafter we meandered our way to High Plains Raceway in Deer Trail, Colorado, taking time out of our day to visi local AutoNation dealerships: AutoNation Dodge Ram Arapahoe, AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Broadway, AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Southwest and AutoNation Chrysler Jeep West. Thanks to a screw that was lodged in George’s right rear tire, we were able to experience the fast and quality service work that the pros at AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Southwest perform for paying customers on a daily basis when we had the Challenger’s tire repaired.
We then made our way to Pueblo Motorsports Park in Pueblo, Colorado. Rain resulted in the event being modified into a simple autocross competition.
Back on the road, we drove southeast toward Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, Texas, where one spectator arrived at the track in a brand-new Dodge Charger Hellcat. After being put through the wringer on the track, George — with Ron in tow — drove north to North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas for 1/8-mile bracket racing.
Dark, ominous clouds lingered overhead as we traveled north to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Oklahoma. Despite the threat of floods and tornadoes, we soldiered on and made it to our hotel completely dry and all in one piece.
After thoroughly enjoying Hallett Motor Racing Circuit’s 10 turns, we headed west to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where we hooned George at the recently opened National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park. Complex and technical, George handled the fresh pavement and dynamic road course with ease.
Finally, we sauntered north back to South Bend, Indiana, to once again drive the skidpad at the Tire Rack’s headquarters. When all was said and done, George celebrated the accomplishment by drifting madly and wildly doing doughnuts.
While George didn’t win any events, the big muscle car certainly won our hearts. Reliable, comfortable and capable, George never failed us throughout our long — and at times punishing — journey at the 2015 One Lap of America.
See full results at OneLapOfAmerica.com and take a look at our gallery below.
Photos by Solomon A. Rosenthal and Gregory Fink