The Tanaka, Kaizen USA Official Engineering, and the Love Boat teams were parked at the Shell gas station close to Busch Stadium.
The three receive the coordinates for the next set of destinations:
The Tanaka team @Aaron.W
Emelia is inside the car, and then a notification from the device pops up. Emelia calls out Aaron, who is exiting the store.
Emelia: Aaron!!! The next coordinates, they’re here!
The Kaizen Engineering team @66mazda
Jude receives the ping for the next coordinates, relaying them to the team.
Michael promptly enters them in the navigation system, and a quite iconic attraction pops up.
Lorelei: Hey! I went there last year. It’s a great place. Maybe we could go for like half a day.
The rest of the team quickly approves the plan.
Michael confirms navigation, then shifts into drive as the engine subtly rumbles away at 25 mph. They pass the city justice center and the IRS office, and proceed to enter I64 west at a constant 75 mph.
The Love Boat team @variationofvariables
Pitstop over, snacks bought from the convenience store and the big guzzling V8’s fuel tanks filled. The tablet rings with its next coordinates, and Lily inspects it and inputs it into the car’s GPS.
“Kansas, huh? I knew someone from Kansas…”
“Let’s head out.”
The Loveboat skidded out of the gas station, and took a right on Jefferson Ave before hopping onto the I-64. This is captured by a security camera at the gas station. Once on the I-64, they look out for any police to determine their cruising speed.
Seeing no police in the area for a while, Pepe downshifts the 7-speed, and lets the Laguna glide to about 5mph over the limit.
An undisclosed location, St. Louis, Missouri
The Kazuki Performance Racing team @TheTechnoVampire
With the new coordinates received, the rallygirls quickly switch drivers for the next leg to Kansas. Hopefully they can get the bonus checkpoint as well. The Kita also takes I64 out of St. Louis.
The Kita sits at a steady 81mph, keeping with traffic flow.
The RE: APEX team ST1Letho
Is basically tagging along with the Kaizen team for now.
On a normal working day during “lunch rush hour”…the day was sunny, the weather was clear if a bit warm, and the roads were dry and in reasonably good condition.
Emelia: Decisions decisions… save one hour and drive straight to the 3rd checkpoint or get the bonus checkpoint…
Aaron: Well, we really need it, and one hour is not much. We can make up time.
Emelia: Alright then let’s get a move on.
The Tanaka is on Interstate 64, going 10mph over the speed limit.
Emelia: Aaron, slow down, we’re not in a rush.
Aaron: Well fine.
Aaron reduces speed to 5mph over speed limit
Michael, seeing that traffic is going quite a bit faster than 75 mph, decides to push it to 79 mph, which makes them in flow with traffic, as he signals and passes a semi-truck going 70. The Kaizen is in the middle lane.
A Ford F250 flies on the left lane at 85 mph.
Tailgating the F250 is a gray FWM Rikka. @Vena.Sera423
On the side were stickers, with a name and an American and Japanese flag
The name, was Yuzuki-Scott
It is gray with various aero enhancements.
The Kita is not travelling in that group, currently driving separately, pushing the speed to 85.
Michael signals to the rightmost lane to allow the Kazuki to pass to their left.
With the slight increase in speed on the Kita’s part, the little hatchback rally car starts pulling ahead of the rest of the cars, having completed the overtake.
The current order of the cars in the highway from first to last: Kazuki, Kaizen, Tanaka, Quezon, Kurokama
The Kaizen is pulling away slightly from the 3 in the rear (the Tanaka, Quezon, and Kurokama), then slows to 77 mph.
The Laguna speeds up slightly to pass the Tanaka, just getting ahead and maintaining speed.
“We got trouble” Madoka looking into the rear view mirror, as the driver of the FWM Rikka flashes the high beams at the Kurokama.
“I will step on it”
Madoka dropped a gear, deciding to show some of her masterwork in action, and as the exhausts open, the Bicorn makes its true howling sound, showing off its insane acceleration.
The little Rikka didn’t hesitate to keep up. The twin turbocharged V6 has no issues pushing a little lightweight coupe.
Michael sees the F250 speed up ahead of the Kaizen and move over.
The Kurokama and FWM have passed the Tanaka, and are quickly approaching the Quezon.
Lily peeks through the side view mirror, seeing the grey sportscar approach.
“Someone else is coming up, it seems.”
She looks in the mirror again to see a black wagon and a grey coupe rapidly approaching. She gets a hunch that something might be off.
Michael signals to the leftmost lane to pass the F250, which has slowed down to 75. He proceeds to go at 78, and signals back to the center lane after putting some distance ahead of the pickup truck.
He hears a Lamborghini-esque V10 sound.
“That’s a sound I hear all the time racing back home”
Michael peers in the side mirror to see the shape of a black Japanese wagon get bigger every second, it’s V10 raging at full tilt.
“How fast is it going?”
Michael also hears a distinctive GTR like sound
“That sounds a lot like my GTR I race all the time”
“What was that?” Lorelei exclaims as both the Kurokama and FWM fly by.
Jack advises him to not get involved, and Michael duly complies. There is too much traffic, the highway is not all that straight, and the team just really never felt like racing on public roads.
Alexi shakes her head as she sees two cars fly by. “Don’t follow them. They’ll likely be picked up by Police. I saw more cruisers than usual in St. Louis.”
“Right.” Kayla nods in agreement, sticking to the steady 85.
Emelia: Aaron don’t do it. Besides, you can’t reach the Akuma’s full potential in this traffic.
Aaron: Got it.
Emelia: Once we get out of St. Louis, we finna put our foot flat to the floor to over 200mph. Less cops, less traffic, less cameras, its a win-win for us.
Aaron: Alright alright, going over 200mph will allow us to catch up with them.
Michael signals to the left to pass a Chevrolet Cruze going 75.
The Kurokama and FWM are blazing at 140 mph, their engines at roaring at full throttle.
“Camera ahead, fry her out”
“Affirmative,” Madoka nods, suddenly braking and sliding right, taking back to the right lane and capoing eighty, knowing that the Rikka will burn herself with a ticket.
Alexi and Kayla share a chuckle, shaking their heads as they watched the Kurokama brake suddenly to avoid the camera and the little coupe fly right through, triggering the flash.
Michael sees the black Kurokama begin to move over, and watches in horror as the Kurokama brakes suddenly right before the camera, as a commuter in a gray Toyota Corolla is caught off guard and is forced to emergency brake
“What the hell are those idiots doing ahead?” Lily exclaims as she watches the events unfold in the distance.
As the Corolla slows down suddenly and moves over to the right thanks to ABS, it is rear ended by a Honda Accord going 75 mph in the right lane. Chaos ensues in the rearview mirror of the Kaizen as a pileup begins to occur.
The Corolla is forced to the left in the way of the F250, which hits the Corolla in the rear at 80 mph.
A Subaru legacy rear ends the F250 at around 80 mph.
The screech of tires is quite deafening.
Many other cars are forced to emergency brake and swerve.
Michael is forced to increase speed to get away from the danger, his speed is now 83 mph as he signals to the center lane.
The Laguna moves aside to avoid the accident.
“Jesus Christ. That’s disturbingly similar to what happened in Atlanta…”
The little Kita sits happily in the leftmost lane, still keeping at its steady 85mph.
Aaron was going just 5mph over the speed limit as the accident unfolded.
Emelia: What the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…
Aaron: Shi, shi, shit!
Aaron swerves the black Tanaka around the crash, almost getting sideswiped by a Taluvec Gran Callahan swerving around the traffic.
Sweat comes out from both of them
Aaron: Phew. Jeez who did that?
Emelia: It looks like the Kurokama did that while racing the other Laguna. Maybe the Kaizen was involved as well since it was in front of us but i dont think so. I saw that FWM Rikka triggering them to race. They all passed us.
Aaron sees the speed camera.
Aaron: Well no wonder.
Emelia: The cops will be investigating this, crap!
NOTE: This was written to be as faithful to the original rp as possible. A more “fun to read” version should be coming soon.