The Goodwood Festival of Speed is made up of racers all different walks of life, though predominately by Europeans and their cars. On occasion, a hefty, red-white-and-blue-blooded example makes its way across the pond to try and stick it to the Europeans, or so some would think. Probably, the atmosphere is much more amicable than that, but not so calm that it prevents Mike Skinner from putting together a hair-raising lap by the skin of his teeth.
With 700 horsepower and no weight over the rear axle, something’s got to give, and it gives a little too much a few times over the course of the lap. The first two corners suggest just how wild the rest of the lap is, with Skinner dropping tires in the dirt and sliding the tail effortlessly, as you do in a NASCAR truck. For a short, technical course like Goodwood, perhaps being a little loose isn’t such a bad thing, assuming the driver has quick hands.
Skinner does, fortunately, showing some pretty gutsy and talented driving, particularly as he flirts with the wall at 0:35. To capitalize on that speed from the preceding straight, Skinner chucks the truck sideways to “bend” it around the short kink, but gets a handful of opposite lock on the exit. No shortage of bravery or talent here — but ultimately, those little slides, as pretty as they are, cost time.
With that long bed nearly kissing the hay bales lining the course, he puts on a show that left nobody doubting his commitment. Yes, the truck was beaten out by the Gobstopper II and the McLaren P1 LM, but considering the intent of those two cars, the margin was still quite slim. Ultimately, Skinner and his bloodthirsty Tundra made up the rest of the podium, but if an award was handed out for sheer enthusiasm, it would have to go to this deserving young Yank.