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Wanna be a Lime Rock VIP?

Wanna be a Lime Rock VIP?

Tickets are Available for 18 July ‘ALMS Premier Fan Hospitality’

You asked for it, you got it... Lime Rock Park has again arranged a Fan Hospitality site, this time for the upcoming American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix 17 – 18 July. This was a huge hit during the Memorial Day Road Racing Classic weekend so, as promised, we’re offering it for the ALMS weekend, too.

For $125 (plus track admission), on Saturday 18 July you’ll be treated like a corporate bigwig: terrific catered food and beverage, flat-screen TVs showing the ALMS, Atlantic and Formula BMW races, exclusive paddock tours, chances to win a “hot lap” on the racetrack in a high-powered BMW, guest speakers – including Bobby Rahal – even a “bag of swag” (free goodies and what-not).

And, the Fan Hospitality will be set up at what many think is the best location at Lime Rock Park to watch the races: inside of West Bend, where if you want, you can get within a couple dozen feet of the track!

If you’ve already purchased tickets to the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix 17 – 18 July, you can still add Premier Fan Hospitality.

Admission to the Premier Fan Hospitality is limited to 150 people, and we’re already well past the halfway point. So if you and your friends, family and colleagues have an interest in being a Lime Rock VIP, be sure to call soon!

Do you have kids 12 or under? Their Premier Fan Hospitality ticket is just $30 (and their admission to the track is always free).

You can purchase race tickets and Fan Hospitality tickets by calling 800 RACE LRP (800.722.3677) or going to www.limerock.com.

 

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Rare Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Coming to Lime Rock Park

Rare Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Coming to Lime Rock Park

Lime Rock Park Labor Day Vintage Festival News & Notes

Rare Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Coming to Lime Rock Park
One of the world’s great racing cars, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrow, will be specially featured at Lime Rock Park’s Vintage Festival September 4-7 2009.

A stellar attraction of the legendary period from 1934 to 1939, the W 154 represents the apogee of the supercharger era of Mercedes-Benz's racing vehicles. Rudolf Carraciola drove a Silver Arrow to the Grand Prix world title in 1938. The car dominated again in 1939, piloted by Hermann Lang.

Germany's Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union GP motor racing vehicles between 1934 and 1939 were dubbed “Silver Arrows” by the press, applying later to Mercedes-Benz F1 and sports cars from 1954 onward.

Very few of these cars were built and many were broken up or simply disappeared during the war era 1939-45 war. Audi has commissioned several replicas of their Auto Union ancestors which appear at important vintage events.

But the W 154 Mercedes coming to Lime Rock is the real thing, campaigned by the likes of Lang, Carraciola and England’s Dick Seaman, who won the 1938 German Grand Prix.

The Mercedes will join several other exceptionally rare Grand Prix cars at the Festival. "The Festival this year will have some of the greatest racing cars of all time, both on display and competing," said Skip Barber. "I can't wait to see them on our newly resurfaced track.”

First time: Klub Sport Porsche races at the Festival

Klub Sport, the super enthusiastic Porsche group headed by Phil Bagley that buys, sells and restores vintage Porsches, has organized two races at the Festival; a 30-minute event on Saturday and a one-hour event on Monday. The Monday race counts toward Klub Sports’ annual championship.

Eligible cars are the 2.0-liter 911 and the 914 up to 2.0 liter, and all 356s. Normally there are 30 to 50 participants and at any given race there are as many as four to six frontrunners, duking and dicing for the lead. The margin of victory is usually 1 second or less.

First time in a long time: ‘Enduros’ at the Festival

For the first time in many years, the Lime Rock Vintage Festival has scheduled several “endurance” races this year. In addition to the usual 10- and 15-lap sprints, there will be several 45-minute and 1-hour races. That means the potential of driver changes, even some servicing during pit stops!

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Day One at Lime Rock’s Road Racing Classic

Day One at Lime Rock’s Road Racing Classic 

Friday was all about practice sessions for the four racing championships that make up this Memorial Day weekend’s Road Racing Classic at Lime Rock Park. At the end of the day, fans were treated to qualifying for the fantastically fast Historic Grand Prix Formula 1 cars.

In the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge ST class, in first practice Bob Beede and Matt Plumb were quickest in their Honda Civic Si, turning a :59.595. In the second round of practice, at the top of the board was the Mazda MX-5 Miata of Rhett O’Doski and Andrew Carbonell, who put in a best lap of :59.866 to edge the RSR Motorsports Mini Cooper S of Adam Burrows of Canton, Conn., and Trevor Hopwood (:59.873). Also in this session one of the other RSR Minis (the #196) was put into the fence in the Downhill and will probably not make the start of Saturday’s race.

In the KONI GS class, Turner Motorsport BMWs hogged the lime(rock)light: Joey Hand and Chris Gleason popped a :57.527 in their M3, while their teammates, Bill Auberlen and Matt Bell were just a gnat’s eyelash behind at :57.689. Practice two was deja vu: Hand and Gleason quickest (:57.706), Auberlen/Bell P2 at :57.724. Also in the :57s in both sessions were Peter Ludwig and Billy Johnson in a Porsche 997; Hugh Plumb and Jack Roush, Jr., in their Mustang GT; Dean Martin and Ken Wilden in another Mustang; and two Charles – Putman and Espenlaub – in a BMW M3.

The massive 29-car F2000 Championship Series field also practiced twice, with Tom Fatur of New Hampshire setting the best times in both sessions: a :51.555 in P1 and a :51.171 in P2. In the second session, 10 other drivers also got their mounts into the :51s.

The awesome Historic Grand Prix F1 machines practiced in the early afternoon, then qualified to end the day. Quickest in practice was the Alan Jones Williams FW07, driven by Hamish Somerville. His :49.643 beat the :50.195 of the Mario Andretti Lotus 79 piloted by Duncan Dayton, who missed more than half a session after an electrical gremlin popped up on his initial out lap. Third-quick in practice was the Derek Daly March 811; Mike Fitzgerald rode it to a :51.550.

Qualifying was similar – it was the same top three – but both Dayton and Fitzgerald got into the :49s along with Somerville. Following is the grid for Saturday’s race one...

1. Alan Jones’s Williams FW07, Hamish Somerville, Canada, :49.229
2. Mario Andretti’s Lotus 79, Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., :49.264
3. Derek Daly’s March 811, Mike Fitzgerald, Newtown Square, Pa., :49.330
4. Derek Daly’s Ensign, Bud Moeller, McLean, Va., :51.558
5. Jody Scheckter’s Wolf WR2/4, John Anderson, Sebastopol, Calif., :51.763
6. John Watson’s Penske PC-3, Doug Mockett, St. Croix, U.S.V.I., :52.422
7. James Hunt’s Hesketh, Rick Carlino, Harrisburg, Pa., :53.320
8. Carlos Reuteman’s Brabham BT-37, Divina Galica, Lakeville, Conn., :54.006
9. Vittorio Brambila’s March 761-08, James King, Belleville, Ill., :55.159
10. Ronnie Peterson’s March 761-02, Howard Cherry, Fairfield, Conn., :55.386
On display, not racing:
11. Keke Rosberg’s Williams FW08
12. Didier Pironi’s Tyrrell 009
13. James Hunt’s McLaren M-23
14. J.P. Jarier’s Tyrrell 009

And we want to remind everyone that you don’t need a special Media or VIP Pass for Saturday’s (and Monday’s) KONI Fan Walk – a Lime Rock ticket is all you need.

The KONI Challenge ST Fan Walk is Saturday, 22 May from 2:00 to 2:30pm.

The cars, teams and drivers will all be in pit lane, with the drivers available for conversation and autographs. Noted racing commentator Greg Rickes will be on the PA describing the drivers, cars and teams. This is a truly unique opportunity – it’s the kind of direct access Lime Rock Park is famous for.

One more thing... Lime Rock Park has three scheduled Paddock Tours on Saturday. It is a great opportunity to get close to the cars in their respective compounds. And you’re probably going to meet a driver or two, too.

The Saturday Historic Grand Prix paddock tour (don’t miss this one!) is 10:00 to 10:45am. The F2000 tour is next, from 11:30 to 12:15pm. Then the KONI Challenge tour follows at 12:30, running to 1:15pm.

These fun and quite enlightening tours are headed by Lime Rock personnel as well as team managers, drivers and crew chiefs.

Click here for a full Saturday schedule.

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Lime Rock Park’s Midway has SIMulated racing and real, old-time shaves by Sim’s

Lime Rock Park’s Midway has SIMulated racing and real, old-time shaves by Sim’s

You want SIM? Or Sim’s? How about both…

The Lime Rock Park Midway, the paved area in the upper infield, is where we bring fan-friendly fun for the entire family for the Road Racing Classic – 22-25 May – Memorial Day Weekend.

And, that’s where you’ll find both “sims!”

SIM 1: The hottest, most accurate, most realistic online racing today is by iRacing.com. And, they’re bringing their fantastic iRacing SIMulators to the Midway for the Memorial Day weekend. After you try iRacing’s SIM Challenge – it’s free – you might hold the track record and even win the grand prize of a year-long free subscription to iRacing. The realism of driving Lime Rock with the iRacing SIM will knock your socks off, guaranteed. Try it more than once and see if you can shave time off your Lime Rock laps! And speaking of shaving...

Sim 2: Well, what we’re talking about is actually “Sim’s,” as in Sim’s Barbershops, the latest, greatest and hottest trend in men’s grooming! They’ve been in the news, written up in national magazines and have showcased his shaves at major sporting events over the past year: Sim’s has brought old-school “barbershopping” back to the masses. They’ll be set up in the Midway, and you can get one of their famous shave or haircut groom jobs for just $20.

One last note: The discount you get by buying tickets in advance ends today at 5:00 p.m.

A Full Weekend ticket purchased in advance is $50 (after 5pm today it’s $85), Saturday and Monday tickets are $25 each if purchased in advance (after 5pm today they are $35 each day) and all tickets include parking and paddock access. Children 12 and under are free. Premier Fan Hospitality access is $125, with children 12 and under costing $30.

For tickets call 800 RACE LRP or online at www.limerock.com.

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Your Ticket is your Pit Pass this Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park

Your Ticket is your Pit Pass this Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park

The Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series – the featured races during the Memorial Day “Road Racing Classic” weekend at Lime Rock Park – has allowed us to schedule a unique experience for LRP race fans: You can walk pit lane to get right next to the cars, teams and drivers just before the start of each KONI race!

That’s right, you don’t need a special Media or VIP Pass – your Lime Rock ticket is all you need! It’s called the KONI Fan Walk, and there are two; one on Saturday for the ST Class, and the other on Monday for the GS Class.

The cars, teams and drivers will all be in pit lane, with the drivers available for conversation and autographs. Noted racing commentator Greg Rickes will be on the PA describing the drivers, cars and teams. This is a truly unique opportunity – it’s the kind of direct access Lime Rock Park is famous for!

The KONI Challenge ST Fan Walk is Saturday, 22 May, from 2:00 to 2:30. KONI ST races are ferocious battles between all the hot – and very cool – smaller sporty cars: Mazda MX-5 Miatas, RX-8s, BMW Z4s, 328s and 330s, Chevy Cobalts, Honda Civic Sis, VW GTis, Subaru Legacys, Mini Coopers and more.

The KONI Challenge GS Fan Walk is Monday, 25 May, from 1:35 to 1:55. The GS Class is for the big-bore monsters: BMW M3s, Porsche 911s, Mustang GTs and more!

One last note: The discount you get by buying tickets in advance ends tomorrow, Friday, 15 May at 5:00 p.m.

A Full Weekend ticket purchased in advance is $50 (after 15 May it’s $85), Saturday and Monday tickets are $25 each if purchased in advance (after 15 May they are $35 each day) and all tickets include parking and paddock access. Track admission for children 12 and under is free. Premier Fan Hospitality access is $125, with children 12 and under costing $30.

For tickets call 800 RACE LRP or online at www.limerock.com.

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