Heavy weather ruins Limoges' run at Barber Weather radar ruins strong run as Blackforest teammate has forgettable encounter with Series rookie Patrick Dempsey Birmingham, AL (29 July 2006)--Valerie Limoges' Barber Motorsports Park debut was ...
Heavy weather ruins Limoges' run at Barber
Weather radar ruins strong run as Blackforest teammate has forgettable encounter with Series rookie Patrick Dempsey
Birmingham, AL (29 July 2006)--Valerie Limoges' Barber Motorsports Park debut was going exactly as she had hoped, but the results were a severe disappointment after the weather radar put paid to her excellent run when the Grand Am officials called the race early after believing that a storm was imminent at the Alabama track.
Running in the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C, Limoges posted one of the best drives of her Grand Am Cup Series rookie season, powering from twentieth on the grid up to seventh before pitting to turn the car over to Ryan Dalziel. Dalziel, who was making his first Series start, rejoined the field in thirtieth and had begun to make passes and work his way back through the pack, while other teams took to the pits for fuel.
However, before the flying Scottsman could fully move back up the order, the field of cars was ordered by Series officials to be brought in and parked before the rain actually started, and after a summer shower enveloped the track, the Series decided to cancel the remainder of the race with only fifty-five of the scheduled eighty-seven laps run.
The final race results show Limoges as finishing in twenty-seventh, which is a far cry from the pace and racecraft she showed in her first visit to Barber.
"It's very frustrating that we didn't get the chance to race for real today," said Limoges. "I understand that they wanted to make sure the track was safe, but to just cancel the race because they thought it might get worse and they didn't think they could get TV going again, I think that's just nonsense. It was more like musical chairs with the pit strategy than a race."
Limoges is hoping to put the race weekend behind her as she looks forward to teaming up with fellow Quebec native and Champ Car World Series pilot Alex Tagliani next weekend.
"We had a really good car, and I was in a good position before turning it over to Ryan, so it's just a shame to have it end up this way," said Limgoes. "But we are really looking forward to racing so close to home at Trois Rivieres, so we will just have to focus on that today..."
Brush with celebrity goes poorly for Nastasi
Fellow Blackforest Motorsports driver Tom Nastasi had a brush with celebrity on Saturday, but its one he is looking forward to forgetting soon. Patrick Dempsey, who stars in the ABC dramarama Grey's Anatomy, announced his return to the Grand Am Cup Series on Saturday afternoon, and wasted no time making an impression, punting Nastasi off-track and into the sand trap with considerable damage to his Mustang on the second corner of the first lap. "Dr. McDreamy" was penalized thirty seconds for the infraction, but Nastasi's race was over due to the damage.