Hey, what are you doing on May 10th?
No, we don’t need you to be our best man. How about driving in the Lone Star 3000? It could be your best chance to circle Texas over an 1860-mile route in only 48 hours before the Dixie Chicks come home from tour and find out you’ve been deleting their TiVo stuff.
Organizers say the Lone Star won’t require racing skills or expensive, specially equipped cars. The event isn't a race but a timed endurance rally, to be run continuously, where participants try to arrive at various checkpoints along the route within a designated timeframe. Skill contests and navigation will play a role in winning the event, too.
The cause is a good one, too. The rally aims to raise money for Fisher House, a non-profit organization that provides support for rehabilitating veterans and their families. Bill Baker, a Vietnam war veteran, auto industry veteran, and currently an automotive journalist, is heading the event.
The entry fee is now $1000, a portion of which will go to Fisher House. All teams that complete the route in the designated time frame are entered in a reverse lottery, with the chance of winning a $5,000 grand prize.
The event, which runs May 10-13, will start and end at Texas Motor Speedway, near Ft. Worth , and include a final-day awards banquet at Doral Tesoro Resort. For more information, or to enter, go to the rally's Web site.