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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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It’s never happened before at Lime Rock Park

It’s never happened before at Lime Rock Park.

During one long, beautiful Memorial Day weekend, 22-25 May, you can thrill to the sights and sounds of vintage Formula 1 cars, racing twice during the weekend; enjoy the fender-banging excitement of a huge field of Grand-Am’s KONI Challenge sports cars, the headline event; and watch some of the best open-wheel road racing North America has to offer, thanks to the Formula 2000 championship.

And here’s the kicker... For the first time, you can take it all in from Lime Rock’s latest innovation for the fans: an air-conditioned Lime Rock Park Fan Hospitality chalet, with one of the best views of the track. Food, drink, special guest appearances, VIP parking – the works, all for $125 (does not include race ticket).

It’s an experience as good, or even better, than even some of the best-funded race teams enjoy!

Time is, in fact, running out... We at Lime Rock Park know that everyone who asks you to purchase something wants you to “Act Now!” and “Call Today!”

But we’re not going to scream at you. We simply want to let you know that the discount you get by buying tickets in advance ends this 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. Children 12 and under are free. Premier Fan Hospitality access is $125, with children 12 and under costing $30.

Lime Rock Park. A view with a track... For tickets call 800 RACE LRP or online at www.limerock.com.

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Lime Rock Park - A View With a Track - New Premier Fan Hospitality Available for Memorial Day Weekend

Lime Rock Park - A View With a Track - New Premier Fan Hospitality Available for Memorial Day Weekend

There is nothing like a day at Lime Rock Park – the fastest day trip ever. The drive to the track is gorgeous, the setting is breath taking, and the experience is uniquely unforgettable, ensuring an adventure with family and friends to kick off the summer.

So, how could this adventure possibly get any better?

Now Lime Rock Park is offering a chalet hospitality with one of the best views of the track to watch the Historic Grand Prix Formula One machines, the KONI Challenge and F2000 racers in air-conditioned comfort while making new friends over cold drinks and good food.

This opportunity is on offer this Memorial Day Weekend’s Saturday and Monday, as Premier Fan Hospitality tickets are available for $125 plus track admission. The Fan Hospitality includes buffet lunch, drinks, special guest appearances, hot lap drawing, a personalized paddock tour, a welcome goodie bag and VIP parking pass. If an event ticket has already been purchased, you can still add on the Premier Fan Hospitality and enjoy this exclusive offer.

Lime Rock Park located in Litchfield County, CT—a place that’s a destination location in its own right. In June 2008 and spring 2009, the track has undergone tremendous upgrades thanks to owner, Skip Barber’s continuing commitment to making Lime Rock Park one of the best spectator tracks in the world. You can enjoy the day with a lap around the track—not in a car—but instead with a walk around the Park

Start by taking in the scenic view from the outfield hillside, where you can almost see the entire 1.5 mile track, something that no other road racing circuit can offer. From there, you can cross the pedestrian bridge and visit the race teams in the open paddock on the way to watch the action from the Esses, along No Name Straight, walk past the Uphill corner towards West Bend and then stop to take in the blinding-fast Downhill.

Don’t miss the new-and-improved Midway where the Historic Grand Prix Cars will paddock, enjoy the numerous merchandise vendors and compete in the iRacing SIM Challenge.

Lime Rock Park is known for no grandstands and no assigned seats, so fans aren’t locked into squeezing themselves into a small bleacher. In fact, blankets are the seat of choice. Keeping this in mind, the Premier Fan Hospitality has a private spectator hill off the back of the chalet so you may choose either a blanket and fresh air or the convenience and air-conditioned comfort of the chalet, or both. You are a VIP every other day, why not be one at LRP!

Lime Rock Park has one of the most picturesque New England views, only interrupted by one strip of pavement, the race track. Enjoy the view, the racing and make the Infield Chalet home during the Road Racing Classic, 22 -25 May 2009. Space is limited. Purchase tickets by calling 800 RACE LRP or www.limerock.com.

Tickets prices are $25 for Saturday or Monday, Weekend ticket $50, Fan Hospitality ticket $125. Event tickets for children 12 and under are free with children Fan Hospitality ticket $30.

For more information call 800 RACE LRP.

 

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