After eight days, 3,300 miles, nine tracks and untold bloody knuckles and zip ties, the song remains the same: Leh Keen and the No. 3 TopSpeed Motorsports Nissan GT-R emerged victorious at the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America on Sunday. Keen, his co-drivers Doug Wilks and Lawrence Richard, and their 2010 GT-R put on a clinic, remaining atop or near the top of the leaderboard of every event, from road courses to ovals to drag races and autocrosses.

If Keen's name sounds familiar, it's either because you follow racing – the Georgia native is a multiple Grand Am Rolex GT series champion, currently campaigning a Porsche 911 GT3 with Brumos Racing – or because you follow One Lap (this is the third victory in a row for Keen and his second victory in a row at the wheel of the gray and green GT-R). In fact, the top three spots this year were all occupied by Nissan's heavyweight, with the No. 4 2009 GT-R of Todd Treffert and Tyson Timperley and the No. 7 2012 GT-R of Hugh Bate and Craig Kahle rounding out the podium. A total of seven GT-Rs entered this year's One Lap, though none were officially sanctioned Nissan efforts.

Of course, for most competitors and fans, Brock Yates' One Lap isn't actually about winning – there's no prize money doled out and trophies are modest. The event is more about the camaraderie among driving enthusiasts that inevitably results from one of the most unique and challenging tests in motorsports – a week-long pressure-cooker test of man and machine. For more results, photos, videos and tall tales, check out One Lap of America on their website or Facebook page.



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      Haub
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP CTS-V Wagon entry.
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      3 for 3 with different teams. That's pretty much legendary stuff right there.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not about winning? That's why these guys spend a gazillion dollars preparing these cars? They like to hang out together? The author has never met a racecar driver
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 2 Years Ago
      the gtr does just this sort of very thing AWESOMELY!,...and that's high praise comin' from a porschephile like me!,..was very interested in them early on,..now, not so much,..[more of an old school manual kinda guy], but i gotta give high praise to the gtr,..it does what it does VERY well!,...it hasn't really "caught on" so far,..sales of the thing are dismal,..but if ya want a car that's blisteringly fast,..and not much of a challenge to drive,..THIS is the thing to get!,...i think that's kinda the reason it HASN'T taken off in sales,..it's TOO perfect!,...and many performance car buyers want more of a challenge in their rides,...something that provides a little drama i guess?,...porsche outsells the gtr by a now 10 to 1 margin,..but i gotta say,..if i wanted the perfect "barn-stormer" auto tranny car,..THIS IS IT!,...it crushes the competition,..and ya have to step up to a 911 turbo s to beat it!,..that's sayin' something!
      S2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats to TopSpeed on their latest win. Doug has tuned my car before; he's one of the best tuners in Atlanta. My neighbor did some of the aero work on this car. They're a great shop. For the guys who don't want to compete against modified vehicles, there are other classes to run in. I personally love watching the tuners go at it. It's fun to see what they can achieve. Now that it's One Lap of the Midwest instead of One Lap of America, I might give it a shot. Didn't like the idea of no sleep and thousands of miles of street driving between track events... Sure, the purists might say that isn't the point of the event, but to me it's just about having fun and seeing what happens.
      krudmuphin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw most of these cars when driving from Missouri to Nebraska last weekend and I had no idea what they were for. Thanks to this article, I know now! I saw that 1M, almost all the GTRs, both Evos, several M5s and that Porsche with a trailer. Neat stuff!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drove a 2011 GT-R a few weeks ago and I was entirely unimpressed. Yes, it's fast, but it's a Nissan. I couldn't wait to get back into my 2010 GTI--it's an "every day" driver's car. The GT-R was fine, but not what I was expecting from a "super"car. Ergo, I was more happy driving a $20K VW than I was a $90K Nissan. SKD
        Jason Minor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Stop lying to yourself and everyone here! That's like saying you drive a Yugo and test drove a WRX STi but you think your Yugo is a better drivers car.
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        This one time at band camp.....
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Lol @ the GTI ! Snore factory.
        11fiveoh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        This has to be a woman.
      uarperformance
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry! But an ugly car that doesnt sound good at all. Cobalt taillights, big butt, Cheesy rear spoiler from fast & the awefulest. Exhaust is just as bad as WRXs. Terrible unless in boost & even still not good. They are fast but thats about it. The car has no flow at it all.
        Mclarlm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @uarperformance
        Cobalt tail lights? Seriously? A car that was introduced in 2004? Skylines have had those tail lights for decades.
        Christopher Meyer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @uarperformance
        Sorry, but there's nothing cheesy about using that type of rear wing on a race car, and they've been on them for years. There wasn't anything ricey about them until JDM fanboys with trashed out Civics started putting them on to mimic touring cars. And I know opinions are like...(finish the rest yourself), but the VQ engines and WRX's sound amazing...coming from a big 60s muscle guy.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      The TopSpeed Motorsport GT-R set at least one production car track record last week. Not just fast versus the competition, fastest car ever to hit Mid America raceway.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Why downrate? It's true. http://topspeedsales.com/blog/oloa-day-2-mid-america-motorplex/ They also set a street tire lap record at Roebling Road during testing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAVUwSkyj_0 Anyone wants to disagree, the records are there to be broken, and One Lap is open competition.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dominating.... again.
      Hector Djibaou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is anyone really surprised? Having driven a Skyline I can honestly say that the current generation GTR should be able to win as it does in so many events. I am no GTR fanboy by any means, but long gone are the days where people labeled a car's worth by it's brand name or sticker price! Nissan I'll take a slighty used 2012 GTR when I'm done with law school.
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