Limoges finishes fourth in Laguna Seca Debut Monterey, CA (May 6, 2006)-- Valerie Limoges finished fourth in the Laguna Seca round of Grand Am Cup competition on Saturday in the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools ...
Limoges finishes fourth in Laguna Seca Debut
Monterey, CA (May 6, 2006)-- Valerie Limoges finished fourth in the Laguna Seca round of Grand Am Cup competition on Saturday in the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C with co-driver David Empringham. The result is the best finish of Limoges' rookie Cup season, and the second consecutive top-ten finish for her and Empringham.
Limoges started the race twentieth in the sixty-eight-car field, and steadily moved her Mustang forward in the large pack before turning the car over to Empringham midway through the race. The Cup event once again proved to be a lively affair on the 2.258-mile historic circuit, with seven caution periods slowing the seventy-four-lap event.
"I am really happy with this finish," said Limoges. "David did a really good job, and now we have some good points from this weekend, so hopefully we can keep building on this."
Limoges, who was unable to score points in the season-opening event at Daytona after being crashed out on the first lap of the race, was mindful of the fact that the Cup events can often have a rough and tumble atmosphere.
"There are so many cars, and they are so close in times, that people can get too excited and make bad decisions," said Limoges. "That's what hurt us in Daytona, so I just wanted to move up as much as I could, but I had to make sure that the car was going to be ok and have no damage to turn it over to David."
The Cup Series will turn around quickly for the next round, at Phoenix International Raceway as part of the Gainsco Grand Prix next weekend, and the short infield road circuit is a new challenge that Limoges is looking forward to.
"I have never been there before, but it looks like it is very tight there! I think it is going to be a technical track, with very short laps, so it will be different from Laguna for sure, but I am looking forward to it with this good result under my belt from today."
Limoge will be sharing the Blackforest machine with a different co-driver next weekend, as the swift Scotsman Ryan Dalziel will be stepping in for Empringham for the weekend.
The Laguna Seca race is slated to be aired on Speed Channel at 1:00 PM on May 13th.