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Snow + Audi quattro a Go at Lime Rock

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Spread the word, Lime Rock Fans! Groups can play in the snow driving Audi's latest quattro cars and SUVs.

Audi of America and Lime Rock Park announced a partnership to produce “The Audi Winter Driving Experience” at the world famous motorsports facility in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. The program, offered to groups and corporate clients, utilizes 2016 and 2017 Audi sedans and SUVs equipped with quattro all-wheel-drive and all-weather tires for superior traction.

The Audi Winter Driving Experience puts drivers behind the wheel of Lime Rock’s quarter-mile and half-mile winter autocross circuits to experience the conditions that Audi vehicles are designed to conquer.

Lime Rock Park is the only Eastern seaboard motorsports facility that combines a permanent natural terrain autocross circuit with snowmaking and grooming equipment.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lime Rock Park,” said Nathalie Carpenter, Marketing Manager, Audi Eastern Region.  “The Audi Winter Driving Program provides us the ability to feature Audi legendary quattro all-wheel drive capabilities in the snow and ice, and in an idyllic setting.”

The vehicles in the Audi Winter Driving Program at Lime Rock Park:
Two 2016 Audi A3
One 2016 Audi S3
Two 2016 Audi A6
Two 2016 Audi Q5
Two 2017 Audi Q7

Audi also designed and furnished unique chalet and hospitality amenities, the Audi Lounge, for use during all Audi Winter Driving Programs. “It’s a key touch-point to the entire experience,” Carpenter says, “and allows us to underscore the value of the Audi brand commitment to technology and innovation both on and off the courses.”

The Audi Winter Driving Experience uniquely combines elements of Lime Rock’s Winter Autocross Days and Winter Driving School.

Open to all licensed drivers, Winter Autocross Days presented by eEuroparts.com are aimed at enthusiasts who do not need to be told how fun it is to get their cars “slideways” on the snow and ice.

The Winter Driving School, which debuted this year, was created specifically for drivers who seek the confidence-building training necessary to safely navigate roads and highways during winter conditions. The instructors focus on teaching techniques, skills and the “secrets” of driving on snow and ice.

The cost of the Audi Winter Driving Experience is $10,485, regardless of group size (the program, which includes liability insurance, is designed to accommodate 5 to 20 people). Individual enrollment is not available.

Companies, organizations and other groups interested in the Audi Winter Driving Program at Lime Rock Park may contact Walter Irvine at 860.435.5000, ext. 108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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2016 Schedule

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Lime Rock Park Announces 2016 Schedule

  This posting provides the 2016 Event Schedule (below) and a link to the online Lime Rock Merchandise Store.

The 2016 Schedule: Four big events, not three like last year, and includes the return of the wildly popular Pirelli World Challenge and Ferrari Challenge series – and a much-improved IMSA show, along with the 34th Historic Festival. (Christmas idea: 2016 Season Pass!)

May 27-29, Pirelli World Challenge Memorial Day Weekend
Pirelli World Challenge (GT, GTA, GTS, GT Cup), world debut of SCCA Pro Racing United States F4 Championship series, and the Seventh Annual Royals Garage Sunday Car Show. PWC is a veritable hotbed of production- and production-based classes. The big dog division is GT, where the biggest, baddest racing machines from Audi, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Acura, Nissan, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Viper, Mercedes and McLaren bare their fangs in frantic one hour showdowns. The GTS division features a lot of the same manufacturers as GT, but the cars are closer to street spec. Don’t be fooled – the races for GTS honors are just as crazy – and it’s where Kia, Hyundai, Subaru and Scion choose to do battle with Camaros, Mustangs, Porsches, Audis, Astons and Nissans.

July 22-23, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Northeast Grand Prix & Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
WeatherTech championship: Prototype Challenge, GTLM & GTD; Continental championship: Grand Sport & Street Tuner. The big news this year is the return of the terrific GTLM class. (For all you Corvette fans, your day has come.) New factory efforts by Ford (the new GT!), Lamborghini, Lexus and Dodge have joined the fray, so this will be a history making event.

NEW for IMSA 2016: Teens 16 and under admitted FREE with accompanying adult

September 2-5, Historic Festival 34 & Sunday in the Park Concours
250 vintage and historic race cars, 1,200 concours and collector cars, iconic Honored Guests and special collections. Each year's Festival is always highly anticipated; there's so much to see and do it's hard to describe it all!

September 24, Ferrari Challenge North America Trofeo Pirelli presented by Singha Beer
Lime Rock fans have gotten their wish for 2016: The return of Ferrari Challenge. The 458C Evo is a tremendous racing machine, and seeing a squadron of them at full chat at Lime Rock is not to be missed. For the record, the drivers looooove racing here...

GA Tickets, click here

Online Merchandise Store, click here

With much of Lime Rock’s major renovation project ("Road to 60") complete, we’re excited about bringing you a tremendous 2016 racing season. And stay tuned for more news, folks...

Cheers,
Everyone at Lime Rock Park


Lime Rock Park Announces 2016 Schedule, Discounted Holiday Ticket Pricing

This posting provides the 2016 Event Schedule, links to the Christmas and holiday discounted general admission ticket pages, and a link to the Online Lime Rock Merchandise Store.

The 2016 Schedule: Four big events, not three like last year, and includes the return of the wildly popular Pirelli World Challenge and Ferrari Challenge series – and a much-improved IMSA show, along with the 34th Historic Festival. (Christmas idea: 2016 Season Pass!)

May 27-29, Pirelli World Challenge Memorial Day Weekend
Pirelli World Challenge (GT, GTA, GTS, GT Cup), world debut of SCCA Pro Racing United States F4 Championship series, and the Seventh Annual Royals Garage Sunday Car Show.
PWC is a veritable hotbed of production- and production-based classes. The big dog division is GT, where the biggest, baddest racing machines from Audi, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Acura, Nissan, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Viper, Mercedes and McLaren bare their fangs in frantic one hour showdowns.

 

The GTS division features a lot of the same manufacturers as GT, but the cars are closer to street spec. Don’t be fooled – the races for GTS honors are just as crazy – and it’s where Kia, Hyundai, Subaru and Scion choose to do battle with Camaros, Mustangs, Porsches, Audis, Astons and Nissans.

July 22-23, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Northeast Grand Prix & Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
WeatherTech championship: Prototype Challenge, GTLM & GTD; Continental championship: Grand Sport & Street Tuner. The big news this year is the return of the terrific GTLM class. (For all you Corvette fans, your day has come.) New factory efforts by Ford (the new GT!), Lamborghini, Lexus and Dodge have joined the fray, so this will be a history making event.

NEW for IMSA 2016: Teens 16 and under admitted FREE with accompanying adult

September 2-5, Historic Festival 34 & Sunday in the Park Concours
250 vintage and historic race cars, 1,200 concours and collector cars, iconic Honored Guests and special collections. Each year's Festival is always highly anticipated; there's so much to see and do it's hard to describe it all!

September 24, Ferrari Challenge North America Trofeo Pirelli presented by Singha Beer
Lime Rock fans have gotten their wish for 2016: The return of Ferrari Challenge. The 458C Evo is a tremendous racing machine, and seeing a squadron of them at full chat at Lime Rock is not to be missed. For the record, the drivers looooove racing here...

The GA Tickets: Here’s one example of how big the Christmas and holiday discounts are... Would you rather pay $54 for a Pirelli World Challenge Weekend ticket now, or $75 in May? Yea, that’s what we thought...

The Online Merchandise Store: You know there’s at least one person on your shopping list who would love some Lime Rock gear, right?

With much of Lime Rock’s major renovation project ("Road to 60") complete, we’re excited about bringing you a tremendous 2016 racing season. And stay tuned for more news, folks...

Cheers,
Everyone at Lime Rock Park
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Photo Album, 2015 AxIS Shoot-out

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With perfect weather and great cars and drivers, the third AxIS -- AutoX Invitational Shoot-out -- presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, L.L.C., was, as always, a boatload of run-whatcha-brung fun. From race cars to pure street-stock rides, just 4.4 seconds separated the top 18 drivers on Lime Rock's 1/2-mile autocross track (thank you, Spectro Oils, for the electronic Timing & Scoring system, and Trevor Hermance, T&S Chief!). Wells Fargo Advisors Vice-President Chris Benjamin was on hand to throw some flags, watch the action and of course present the AxIS trophy.

Lime Rock Park PR Director Rick Roso took a few snaps during the day and we present on this page a photo album for your enjoyment...

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This year's entrants, left to right: John Killeen, Jason Sicotte, Bill Riehl, Eric Lacore, Andrew Grigg, Wells Fargo's Chris Benjamin, 2013 Champion Dean Cusano, 2015 Champion Tom Venturino, Quinn Kizis (partially hidden), Ryan King, Kevin Separy, Matt Dunham, Tim Cloutier, Steve Roux and Charles Tator. Not shown: Ben Berentson, Bill English, Russell Kohn, Jason Levine. Photo by SAX Manager Jeff Grossbard

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19th, Russell Kohn, 2008 Porsche Cayman S, 40.880

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18th, Ben Berentson, 2011 BMW M3, 39.349

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17th, Bill English, 2001 Honda S2000, 39.254

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16th, John Killeen, 2000 BMW M Roadster, 39.069

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15th, Jason Levine, 2001 Honda S2000, 38.416

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14th, Andrew Grigg, 1995 Mazda Miata, 37.932

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13th, Chuck Tator, 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10, 37.869

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12th, Matt Dunham, 2004 Chevy Corvette, 37.860

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11th, Tim Cloutier, 2009 Dodge Viper ACR, 37.819

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10th, Jason Sicotte, 2015 Subaru WRX STi, 37.709

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9th, Kevin Separy, 2006 Mitsubishi Evo, 37.577

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8th, William Riehl, 2005 Porsche Boxster S, 37.567

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7th, Dean Cusano, 1984 Jaguar XJS, 37.567

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5th, Mike Piera, 1973 Porsche 911, 36.233

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4th, Steve Roux, 2012 Wyvern-Honda FF, 36.214

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3rd, Eric Lacore, 2013 Wyvern-Honda FF, 35.956

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2nd, Quinn Kizis, 1999 Mazda Miata, 35.725

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Your 2015 champion of the Wells Fargo Advisors presents the AxIS Shoot-out, Tom Venturino, 2012 Wyvern-Honda FF, 34.957

 Following are shots from the day in no particular order -- with the exception of this first one...

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Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Wells Fargo Advisors AxIS Champion, Tom Venturino

 

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The Photos: 2015 Sunday in the Park Concours Winners

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Just uploaded (Oct. 19), photos of the class winners, 2015's Historic Festival 33 Sunday in the Park Concours d'Elegance

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Lime Rock Drivers Club Coach Wins Spec Miata/SM National Title

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Jonathan Goring, a driver coach for the Lime Rock Drivers Club, is this year’s National Champion in Spec Miata SM thanks to his exciting and superbly driven win at Daytona in the SCCA Run-Offs in late September. Another LRDC coach, Elivan Goulart (who’s already a multi-time SCCA Spec Miata National Champion) finished seventh.

We won’t spoil what happened on the last laps, but if you click on this link (or the photo), it’ll take you to that point of the broadcast.

The race was called by LRP friends Greg Creamer and Dorsey Schroeder, who admitted on-air that they messed up which drivers were in which cars – the rain and darkness certainly didn’t help in that regard – and when Greg says “Haldeman,” he really means “Goring.”

Regardless, just keep an eye on the yellow and black no. 118.

And yes, that's his Lime Rock Drivers Club coaching patch on the left sleeve of his Sparco...

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