After a needlessly long delay, it is time to introduce the rest of our team for the 2011 effort!
A favorite of virtually every One Lap of America competitor I know, Mike Babcock is a seasoned One Lap Vet with a diverse sportsman driving resume. He is more experienced in competition than I am and he's been a heck of a lot more successful in One Lap than I have previously.
As I learned in elementary school gym class, always pick the best and most popular guy first!
|Michael Sterling Babcock: Seasoned & Successful One Lap of America vet,|
actually named for Mike Hawthorn and Sterling Moss!
Photo: Highland Design Studio 2006
If it pleases the court, I submit the following exhibits:
Mike Babcock was named after two former greats, Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss. He was destined to be a gear-head. Mike entered his first auto competition at the age of 14 as a co-driver in his father’s SCCA Pro Rally car, but by the time he was of legal age the rally car was gone and dirt bikes were the order of the day.
Mike and his father ran the enduro circuit aboard a pair of Husqvarnas until he moved to Arizona. Later, Mike campaigned a Husky WR430 in some desert races until marriage brought his motorsports career to a screeching halt. He then turned to BMX racing with his son Josh for a couple of seasons… but then Josh turned 16, got a driver’s license, and discovered girls… all at the same time. Needless to say, the BMX days were over.
Not long after that, the marriage failed, leaving Mike with a wealth of free time on his hands. Until December 14, 2000, when his father called, looking for a co-driver for the 2001 One Lap of America. Three days at the Bondurant school left him with a serious addiction to feed. A half-day school at the Motorsport Ranch in Texas, coupled with some track time in the family Audi S4 only made things worse. He ran Virginia International Speedway in the One Lap for his first competitive venue in the S4, and took 1st in class. Confidence was high. On the very next session… he went out and spun the car three times in as many laps. (reality happens fast!)
Since then, Mike has run Targa Newfoundland Rally, the One Lap of America eight times, three shots at the Open Track Challenge, and nine seasons of club racing in a Spec7 car.