Wampum PA (4.06.07) - The Cannonball One Lap of America School featured two days of on track driving action at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. The event drew many big name both on the track and off as the Paddock was lined with everything from Corvettes to Porsches to Cobras. Driving instructors including the likes of Grand AM and ALMS drivers Jack Miller, Chris Gleason and Dennis Baglier as well as Star Mazda team owner and driver coach John Walko.

Despite the big names in attendance it was the smaller in stature MINIs, anchored by MINI of Pittsburgh, that were at the center of attention much of the weekend. The dealer provided assist cars for the instructors for both days of the event in addition to bringing the Team MINI of Pittsburgh race car to be displayed at the Supercar Life One Lap of America Dinner of Saturday evening.

The Discovery Channel was in on the MINI action as well as they had a film crew on hand to tape a segment for an upcoming TV show highlighting the "play" time of America's most successful people. In the episode being filmed, UPMC transplant surgeon Geoffrey Bond was at BeaveRun for a driving lesson from former MINI owner and One Lap Instructor Jack Neff. The Discovery Channel was not the only major media in attendance to record the happenings at this exciting season opener as CMT was on hand to record footage for use in an upcoming show featuring the One Lap of America event.

The MINIs also took part in all MINI parade lap around BeaveRun's North Track in support of new owner Ernest Trent. Trent bought his new car recently and is now a record holder as the oldest purchaser of a new MINI at 100 years of age; a record that he formerly held after purchasing his last new MINI at the youthful age of 96!




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