Brian Smith spent Valentine's Day cherishing the love of his life: speed.
On a runway built for landing Space Shuttles, the single Miller Motorsports Park director drove a two-seat sports car at an unseen-on-this-Earth speed of 270.49 mph. And he was still accelerating when he had to begin braking.
"When you're running 270, you're basically covering about one-and-a-half football fields a second," Smith said. "You can run out of room pretty quick."
Smith was chosen for the Hennessey Venom GT's record-setting drive at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., because of his experience as a race car driver and, in particular, as a Michelin tire tester. Not only can Smith drive fast, he said, but he knows how to collaborate with engineers to make a vehicle go faster.