MICHELIN TOWER IS FOCAL POINT AT LIME ROCK PARK; VISIBLE PART OF MICHELIN'S PARTNERSHIP WITH SKIP BARBER (LAKEVILLE, CT) - Lime Rock Park, in the rolling hills of northern Connecticut, is one of the most famous and picturesque road racing ...
MICHELIN TOWER IS FOCAL POINT AT LIME ROCK PARK; VISIBLE PART OF MICHELIN'S PARTNERSHIP WITH SKIP BARBER
(LAKEVILLE, CT) - Lime Rock Park, in the rolling hills of northern Connecticut, is one of the most famous and picturesque road racing courses in North America. But time does not stand still for the 41-year old facility. The track is making the most significant change to its landscape in its history with the addition of the newly constructed Michelin Tower at the start-finish line.
The Michelin Tower was dedicated during the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix May 25. The tower is a very visible part of Michelin North America's new partnership with Skip Barber Racing and Lime Rock Park.
Former-racer and current Speedvision commentator and architect, Sam Posey, along with his brother, David Moore, designed the building. Their goal with the tower was to unify the buildings at Lime Rock Park and to compliment the architecture of the surrounding area.
"The Michelin Tower is a symbol of Michelin's performance on the street and on the track," said Tom Chubb, Manager, Michelin Brand Marketing. "We thank Skip Barber for giving Michelin the opportunity to be a part of the community and heritage of Lime Rock Park. We would also like to recognize Sam Posey and David Moore, who designed the tower."
The Michelin Tower has the look of a town hall, complete with a steeple and a green steel roof. It's unique styling will make it the focal point of all activity at Lime Rock Park. The tower serves as the operation facility for race officials, timing and scoring and track announcers on race days, and as classrooms and gathering area for Skip Barber Racing School students and instructors. The building also has several porches and open areas for guests to view action around the track.
"We designed the building to have a tower, much like town hall or church in the center of town," said Posey who won the Trans-Am race at Lime Rock Park in 1969. "It also had to be something you could roam around, and be a comfortable place for people to gather and relax."
The Michelin Tower also features hand drawn tiles created by famous racing artists William Motta, Ken Dallison, Bill Neal, Tom Fritz, Leo Bestjen and George Bartell. The tiles feature events from the rich racing heritage of Lime Rock Park. The tower was built just 17 weeks after its January 14 groundbreaking, with the finishing touches being completed just before the Memorial Day race weekend.
"Michelin has been great every step of the way," said Posey. "They have been completely behind the project and have provided us with much enthusiasm and assistance. MICHELIN TOWER FACT SHEET
Architects: Sam Posey & David Moore
Groundbreaking: January 14, 1998
Completion: May 22, 1998
Dedication: May 25, 1998
Labor Hours: 7,152
No. of Floors: Three
Square Feet: 2,500
Tower Height: 35 feet
Width: 22 feet
Length: 112 feet
Race Facilities: Timing & Scoring, Race Officials, Hospitality Area, Announcer Booth
Skip Barber Two Classrooms, Racing School Equipment Room, Facilities: Driver Changing Area, Vending & Gathering Area