Lexus 0-60 Celebrity Racing Series: Intelligent Dynamics

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The celebrity driving action explodes at Road Atlanta during filming of season 2!

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“Once you come to understand the car’s capabilities and your assignments on the track the learning curve of each Lexus is pretty quick,” stated Lamman Rucker.

Welcome to high-flying Road Atlanta for the second season of Lexus 0-60 featuring some of your favorite celebrity influencers who competed for the automotive throne on the 2.54-mile road course just north of Braselton, Georgia.

The action matched up two teams of three drivers with the latest ensemble of performance coupes and sedans from Lexus including the new stalwart of the family known as the LC 500. Intelligent dynamics aptly fits its venerable persona.

This season the drivers battled in group driving challenges, high-speed competitions and of course an individual match for bragging rights and entitlements which included winning a Lexus for a year. And if you have never driven on Road Atlanta then maybe you should schedule the bucket list experience since the pleasures behind the wheel of a Lexus manifest pure exultation and euphoria from within. The 12-turn circuit features elevation changes, blind curves and a notorious downhill approach into its exhilarating final turn.

Hosted by Big Tigger (face of Atlanta’s V-103 and the Atlanta Hawks’ resident DJ) the participants of 0 to 60 included actor and R&B singer Keith Robinson (Saints & Sinners); actor, innovator and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker (Greenleaf, Oprah Winfrey Network); JD Williams (Saints & Sinners, The Wire, The Good Wife); Redaric Williams (The Quad), Tia Norfleet (licensed NASCAR & ARCA driver); and Carmelita Jeter (Olympic Gold Medalist, holds a sprinting world record of 10.64 seconds). Trust us, Jeter is just as fast with tires on the racetrack as she is with spikes in lane 5, and also exhibited the most energy on set. But let’s not forget that Tia has racing DNA in her blood as she’s the daughter of legendary driver Bobby Norfleet. Their instructional coaches were Scott Pruett, the most decorated IMSA driver of all time, and Jack Hawksworth who set a track record at Road Atlanta for the Le Mans Prototype Challenge.

The participants were ecstatic over the Lexus models and the head-to-head competition during the two-day set. Some of the tasks requiring concentration behind the wheel were the slide and slalom challenge in the RC F, a high-speed sprint in the LC 500, the relay challenge in the RC F, the GS F autocross challenge and the LC 500 full circuit challenge to name a few.

“Once you come to understand the car’s capabilities and your assignments on the track the learning curve of each Lexus is pretty quick,” stated Lamman Rucker. “You then discover which is better for you based on weight disparities and handling, especially with braking, steering and overall responsiveness during each challenge.”

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