SCC: Iowa: Valerie Limonges race notes

Limoges posts another strong performance in Iowa Blackforest Motorsports takes third win to open up KONI season Newton, IA (21 April 07)- Valerie Limoges delivered another stand-out performance in the USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Ford Mustang...

Limoges posts another strong performance in Iowa
Blackforest Motorsports takes third win to open up KONI season

Newton, IA (21 April 07)- Valerie Limoges delivered another stand-out performance in the USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Ford Mustang FR500C at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, bolting from tenth on the grid to run in the top three for the duration of her stint, turning the car over to co-driver Guy Cosmo from second place midway through the race.

Unfortunately, Limoges had to pit earlier than planned after contact from another competitor knocked her rear bumper loose, forcing her to pit for repairs during a green flag stop. Cosmo had to battle his way back through the field to take ninth at the finish.

The sister Blackforest Ford Mustang FR500C of Tom Nastasi and Ian James made it three in a row as the two scored a third win from the first three races of season for the No. 5 entry.

"I am really happy with the way we ran today but we didn't get any luck with that green flag pit stop," said Limoges. "It is frustrating to run so strong and not get a good result, but at least we have had good speed and the cars have been great. We will just keep doing what we are doing and hope for some luck."

Limoges has an extra reason to be looking forward to the next round, set for Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, as the track was the site of her best finish to date, a fourth place in the KONI event there last May.

"I like that track a lot and with how well we've been running, maybe that will be the place I can get up on the podium and hopefully join Tom (Nastasi) up there!"

Nastasi will race on the Iowa infield once again in two months' time when the Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang GT-class entry contests the Rolex Sports Car Series debut event in Newton. Nastasi was naturally pleased with the race result after the two and a half hour event got off on the wrong foot.

"I spun on the second lap and I was so mad at myself," said Nastasi. "So I just put my head down and drove as absolutely hard as I could to make up for it. We didn't change tires at all and that made a big difference for us. I have to say hats off to Hoosier for bringing a tire that just got better as the race went on."

James, who has raced with Blackforest for ten years, was also excited to make another victorious return to the KONI Challenge Series.

"Blackforest did their usual excellent job this weekend and it's just a pleasure to race with Tom," said James. "The Mustang was really good in traffic and I had a really fun battle at the end to take the lead and once I did, I was able to get a bit of a gap to the finish."

-credit: www.valerielimoges.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Ian James , Tom Nastasi , Valérie Limoges