Dale Amy
April 1, 2009
Reliable power comes by way of about 12 psi of boost from an intercooled MagnaCharger MP-112H hybrid Roots blower atop an otherwise-stock Three-Valve modular. The twin-65mm throttle body comes from a 6.8-liter V-10. Taking no chances with cooling, Mark added Ford Racing's M-8005-S197 high-performance aluminum radiator, said to be good for up to 700 hp.

The car's aero package is obvious at a glance; it's the same as those on the FR500S Miller Cup Mustangs. The chin spoiler and splitter, grille, and rear wing are manufactured by Classic Design Concepts and available through Ford Racing. They lend an inarguably racy look, and no doubt proved handy on some of One Lap's high-speed tracks.

Which brings us to the interior-a key to success not just at the race venues, but also as a safe haven for consuming all those heart-blitzing cans of energy drink and bags of highly nutritious gas-station road food during the mind- and butt-numbing hours spent commuting between tracks. Obvious is the driver's Corbeau Forza bucket and Simpson five-point belts (passengers are not permitted during the competitive segments, so the shotgun seat remains stock), but some less obvious enhancements are just as important. Like all the satellite radio paraphernalia-gotta have road tunes!-and the GPS unit for finding the quickest routes around the country. While these latter items are not normally considered essential-or desirable-in a race car, One Lap of America has a different set of requirements for success (and survival).

Speaking of success, Mark's carefully prepped GT was good enough to win its class in the '08 One Lap. It was also good enough to carry both he and his co-driver through a harried week with virtually no true rest, as well as serve as Mark's daily commuter while awaiting next year's One Lap of America.

It doesn't have the gutted look of a race car, does it? On the contrary, Mark has added entertainment and navigation hardware, both for the thousands of miles rolled during One Lap and for his daily commute. Oh, and the switchbox above the gentle reminder to turn off the traction control is used to engage the GT's remote-mounted radar protection hardware...

5.0 Tech Specs
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAINIgnition
BlockStock
StockGauges
BoreInnovate
Stock 
StrokeSUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
StockFront Suspension
DisplacementK-member
281ciStock
CrankshaftControl Arms
StockStock
RodsStruts
StockFRPP Handling Pack
PistonsSprings
StockFRPP Handling Pack
Compression RatioCaster/Camber
StockStock
CamshaftsSway Bar
StockStock with Powergrid adjustable
Headslinks
StockBrakes
IntakeBaer Extreme-Plus 14-inch with
Magnuson blower intakesix-piston calipers, Hawk pads
Power AdderBrake Ducts
MagnaCharger MP-112H hybridFRPP/CDC {{{M}}}-16601-C5
RootsWheels
Throttle BodySteeda Ultra-Lite 20x9.5
Twin 65mm (from 6.8L V-10)Tires
Mass AirYokohama Advan Sport
90mm265/35R20
InjectorsRear Suspension
42-lb/hr BoschShocks
Fuel PumpFRPP Handling Pack
FRPP twin pumpSprings
HeadersFRPP Handling Pack
StockControl Arms
ExhaustSteeda billet lower arms, adjustable
Corsa axle-backThird-link and Panhard bar
TransmissionTraction Aids
StockModified torque/traction control
Clutchcalibration by Powerworks
StockBrakes
RearendBaer 13-inch rotors, Hawk
3.55:1 gearscompetition pads
 Wheels
ELECTRONICSSteeda Ultra-Lite 20x9.5
Engine ManagementTires
Stock with PowerworksYokohama Advan Sport
Performance tune285/30R20