Big crowd, great races at Lime Rock Park
It was a beautiful, and very full, racing day at Lime Rock Park for the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix. A big crowd filled the outside and inside hillside spectator areas, and they were treated to another exciting ALMS race.
For the second year in a row, there was a late-race change of the lead. Last year, the Scott Sharp/David Brabham team scored the win with a last-lap pass. This year, they were leading with about 15 minutes to go when their Acura ARX 02a suffered a left-rear puncture – and that handed the lead and the win to the polesitting team of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud in another Acura. Finishing an impressive third was the hybrid gas-electric Ginetta-Zytek 09HS LMP1 driven by Johnny Mowlem and Stefan Johansson.
Winning the LMP2 class (fourth overall) were Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti (Dario’s brother) in the Lola-Mazda B09 86, ahead of Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez in their Acura ARX-01B.
In GT2, Pat Long and Joerg Bergmeister had the measure of the field in their Porsche 911 RSR, besting the Ferrari 430 GT of Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer. The Porsche was an outstanding fifth overall.
The special ALMS Challenge class – a fleet of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars – was won by Wesley Hoagland and Bob Faiata.
In the other races at Lime Rock Park, Simona De Silvestro won the Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship powered by Mazdaevent, Joel Feinberg took race one and Gary Gibson race two in the Frisby Tires IMSA Lites series, while in Formula BMW, Gabby Chaves won the first race and James Kovacic the second.
For full results, click on the following series websites.
Next up at Lime Rock Park... Don’t miss the fender-banging action brought on by the stock car drivers as the NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 for the Camping World East series is set for August 14-15. Be there!
Big crowd, great races at Lime Rock Park
It’s the ALMS Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park!
The A- and B Paddocks are crowded with the teams, the campers are coming, the (Warning! Product pitches coming up!) Harpoon beer is chilled and we’ve got plenty of Grote & Weigel Frankfurters!
This is a great weekend of road racing, folks. We’ve got the Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars, plus two exciting open-wheel championships – and everything’s set to start rocking and rolling Friday morning.
There are a couple of cool last-minute things we wanted to tell you about:
* SPEEDTV.com told us they are going to broadcast live streaming video of ALMS qualifying on Friday, 17 July starting at 3:30pm. Tune in and watch!
* TriArts, which is staging an exciting number from “High School Musical 2” on Saturday in pit lane, has a “classic hits” Big Band Concert at nearby Music Mountain, Saturday night, 18 JUly at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30.
And don’t forget about the Carpool Kickback, where we are “bribing” you to be green! Use every seatbelt in your vehicle and we’ll give you free tickets to upcoming races. Click here for the details.
Another reminder: The very popular fan Specialty Car Lot is set to go again. All of our fans who arrive in interesting and special vehicles get their very own parking spot! Click here for the details.
Last but not least, the famous Lime Rock Park Midway will have all the cool vendors and displays you’ve asked us for, including the return of the extremely popular iRacing Simulator: Race around Lime Rock Park in a sim that makes it hard to believe you’re not actually on the track! And it’s free...
See you at the track!
Round five of the 10-race 2009 American Le Mans Series is next week at Lime Rock Park: the ALMS Northeast Grand Prix. The Friday and Saturday (17 – 18 July) race weekend is the only visit to this part of the country of these exciting and thrillingly fast prototype sports cars.
Want to get yourself fully up to speed before the series hits town?
Well, that’s exactly why Lime Rock Park is sending you these links to websites with news and updates surrounding the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix!
Check it out…
Inside the BMW M3 GT2 race car of Rahal/Letterman Racing
Corsa Motorsports fields an ethanol/electric hybrid LMP1 car, the Zytek GZ09-SH Hybrid...
ALMS is the Greenest Racing in America
The American Le Mans Series will officially begin contributing to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program during the week of 13 July at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix.
VIDEOS: GOING GREEN - http://www.americanlemans.com/index_green.php?xFile=greenv.html
THE PATRÓN BEE
Home sweet home at Lime Rock for Patrón Highcroft Racing.
2009 Points and Results, First Four Rounds
Driver standings, latest event result sheets, season-long points and season results all at your finger tips.http://www.americanlemans.com/index_results.php
The excitement is building even though we still have 2 weeks until the big boys arrive in town. For those of you that have already bought your tickets to the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix on 17-18 July, here’s a preview of race day. And for those of you that haven’t bought your tickets, well…what are you waiting for!? The weather is going to be nice.
The race weekend will give real meaning to the phrase “minute-by-minute” that we use putting the weekend together. Four different series practice, qualify and run 6 races all in two days. Plus there is track time for car corral parade laps, VIP hot laps, track clean-up and the fan-accessed open grid during pre-race! Highlighting the weekend will be the American Le Mans Series, the Atlantic Championship, Formula BMW Americas and IMSA Lites. No shortage of intense racing here!
Want to know more? See Entry Lists?
Click here for Event Schedule
Water Cooler Talk
- So, 42 ALMS drivers just competed in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans a few weeks ago including David Brabham, this year’s overall winner at Le Mans and driver for the #9 Patron Highcroft Racing LMP1 Acura. Those drivers are now all headed to the Northeast. If you think about it, Le Mans and Lime Rock couldn’t be more different tracks. Besides the fact that they are on separate continents, Le Mans is an 8-mile flat circuit compared to Lime Rock’s 1.5-miles. And Lime Rock is a much better spectator track. But no big deal - tomato, tomahto. That’s one of the appealing aspects of sports car racing!
- So did you hear that green is the new black? That’s right, going green is the new look for the ALMS. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy is working with the ALMS to show the public that fuel efficiency can be cool and sexy. Between the turbo-diesel Audi race car, Ethanol-10 and Ethanol-85 gasoline blends, Lowe’s Green Park Initiative, BMW’s advanced diesel technology, the Corsa Zytek Electric Hybrid and the just-announced partnership with the Nature Conservancy, I would say the ALMS is well on their way to setting the precedent for “green racing.”
- The Atlantic Championship Series is back at Lime Rock. And did you know, it features a $1 million champion’s prize, far and away the biggest prize in a North American open-wheel driver development series and one of the biggest championship prizes anywhere. On top of that, the winner of Saturday’s race will pocket a cool $50,000 paycheck for his or her efforts, which is pretty good for 45 minutes of work. Past drivers who at one time in their careers or another, commanded Formula Atlantic: James Hunt, Michael Andretti, Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones, Al Unser, Jr., Gilles, Jacques and Jacques Villeneuve, Buddy Rice, Sam Hornish, Jr., A.J. Allmendinger, Danica Patrick... – the list is practically endless. And for those that are star struck, this race will include drivers like Frankie Muniz, the former star of the “Malcolm in the Middle” television series. In the same race, De Silvestro—the only woman in this year’s Atlantic field and just the second woman in the 36-year history of the series to win a race.
For the Fans
You might want to sit down for this. Autograph Sessions. Paddock Tours. Car Corrals. Parade Laps. Hot Lap Raffle, Pit Pass Raffle. Pre-Race, Open Grid Festivities. Team Chats. Tech Talks. iRacing Simulator Challenge. Packed Midway. Trackside Walkway. Harpoon Tavern. Free camping. And for your comfort, Courtesy Golf Cart Shuttle Rides and “no-line stations” to purchase water.
For the Kids
Sign up for the Big Y Kid’s Club (Saturday only). For $10 kids receive an official badge (good for all major events at Lime Rock), a t-shirt or bag and access to all the fun and games throughout the day including - Crazy Craig the Juggler, the Bounce House, Balloon Animals, Potato Sack Races, Lawn Games and the Activities Table. And best of all, front row seating for the High School Musical 2 on-track performance minutes before the start of the race!
Ok, soak it all in. Race weekend at Lime Rock is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Get to the track early, you don’t want to miss a thing.
The ever growing and popular Specialty Car Lot is back for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, 17-18 July 2009. That’s right – all of our fans who arrive in interesting and special cars get their very own parking spot. Because this parking lot has been so successful, we are now splitting it into two groups: pre-1970 cars (anything and everything!) and post-1970 specialty cars (to include foreign and domestic, interesting and special).
“Special cars doesn’t necessarily mean expensive,” says Skip Barber, President of Lime Rock Park. “Of course we want the Ferrari’s, but a nice convertible Cadillac El Dorado is also welcome.”
Like all parking at Lime Rock, it’s free! Don’t worry about door-nicks and you’re not far from the Spectator hillside. The Specialty Car Lot is conveniently located in the Infield.
When you arrive in style and come over the Infield Bridge, if you’re driving something we think other fans will want to see, one of Lime Rock’s trained parking specialists will give you the option of the Specialty Car Lot.
The Specialty Car Lot becomes a show in and of itself. But don’t get lost in the assembly of cool cars, after all there’s a race to see remember!?
It’s Official, Car Corrals are Confirmed!
Back for the 4th year, Lime Rock will be offering Car Corrals on both Friday and Saturday for Porsche and Corvette owners. Corrals include premium parking in the Infield as well as parade laps on Saturday for the first 50 cars from each marque to arrive. Unfortunately, the ALMS GT1 Corvettes will not be participating at Lime Rock Park this year. However, we are pleased to announce that we are expecting a GT2 class Corvette entry by Lou Gigliotti Motorsports.
Car Corral Package Includes:
- General Admission Tickets
- Infield corral parking for Porsche or Corvettes only available on Friday and Saturday
- Parade laps on Saturday only for first 50 cars (each marque) to arrive
(applies for both Porsche and Corvette)
Friday Advance – $30 Friday (race week) – $40
Saturday Advance – $65 Saturday (race week) – $75
Weekend Advance – $80 Weekend (race week) – $110
- CAR CORRAL TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
- Important: Only the driver needs to purchase a car corral ticket. Passengers can purchase a regular Saturday general admission ticket. Please have this ticket ready to show the parking attendant when you enter the park.
Tickets are available online at limerock.com or by calling the track office at 800 RACE LRP.
BMW – Official Car. Official Parking.
And don’t forget, anyone coming in a BMW can park in the Infield Berm on a first-come, first-serve basis. BMW, the Official Car of Lime Rock Park.
See you at the track!