Valerie Limoges gets first fast laps at VIR Alton, VA (April 21, 2006)--For Grand Am Cup Series rookie Valerie Limoges, there is a long list of tracks that she will be racing on for the first time this season, and she is looking forward to ...
Valerie Limoges gets first fast laps at VIR
Alton, VA (April 21, 2006)--For Grand Am Cup Series rookie Valerie Limoges, there is a long list of tracks that she will be racing on for the first time this season, and she is looking forward to checking one of those tracks off her list this weekend.
Limoges will team with David Empringham in the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C in the VIR 200 this Saturday at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The race is just the second of the season for Limoges and the Grand Am Cup Series after opening up in January at Daytona.
Limoges got her first taste of the 3.27-mile natural terrain road course in testing on Thursday, and continued to bring her times down again on Friday. The No. 4 Blackforest Motorsports Mustang ended the day fourth in the combined practice times amongst a blockbuster field of 81 cars.
"There is a lot to learn at this track!" smiled Limoges. "But, every session I go out there, I like the track more and more. It helps that I am getting faster every session, of course."
Despite being one of the longest tracks on the schedule at over three miles long, the large field will no doubt crowd the hilly track for the entire race distance, slated for 200 miles, or sixty-two laps.
"There is going to be a lot of traffic during the race, that's for sure," said Limoges. "But the Mustang has good power, and that will be very important for getting out in front of the people in traffic and overtaking the cars in the slower class."
The lessons learned for Valerie won't just be paying dividends on Saturday, as the Grand Am Cup Series will race a twelve-hour enduro at the track to close out the season in October.
"Racing here twice this season, I think its going to help me because when we come back, I'll only have to concentrate on getting the most out of the car because I'll already have a race done here, so its going to help me to learn as much as possible this weekend."