Lites: Tom Drewer Lime Rock preview

Drewer ready to "rock'n'roll" at Lime Rock's North East Grand Prix. Coming off the back of his best performance of the year, the young American Le Mans Series hopeful Tom Drewer is looking forward to Round's 7 & 8 of the IMSA Lites Championship...

Drewer ready to "rock'n'roll" at Lime Rock's North East Grand Prix.

Coming off the back of his best performance of the year, the young American Le Mans Series hopeful Tom Drewer is looking forward to Round's 7 & 8 of the IMSA Lites Championship at this weekend's North East Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut.

At last month's stand alone Mazda Formula-X event the Australian hot-shot took his first pole position for 2009, setting a new qualifying lap record for New Jersey's Thunderbolt raceway with what proved to be the fastest lap of the weekend.

It was also his first pole position in the Lites 1 category, which he moved to this year after winning the 2008 IMSA Lites 2 Championship in only his first year of competition in North America.

Asked whether he was possibly inspired by a recent test in the Panoz Team PTG Esperante American Le Mans GT2 car at Summit point raceway Drewer said,

"That was certainly a positive experience, but I think it was about time we put the Daily Planet car back up where it belongs. I'm very committed to progressing to the next level. I've been working hard with the guys at Comprent (Drewer's Lites 1 team) and it's paying off.

It was great at New Jersey to take the green from the front and to have clear air in front, leading the pack, even if the car went away a little after the restart. It was frustrating that we finished off the podium in fourth.

This year I've had the challenge of a new car, with no testing, and Lites 1 is very competitive, after all most of these guys have lots of experience in these cars and on these circuits. But this is the junior category to the American Le Mans Series and tough competition is why I came to America.

We showed in New Jersey we have what it takes. We proved we have the speed.

I know a win is just around the corner now and I want to be the one to get Comprent's first win of the year.

I think it should be a great weekend at Lime Rock. It's a beautiful part of the world. I can't wait to get back into the car and keep the momentum of New Jersey going. I'm at one with the car now, and I'm more determined than ever. I'm ready to rock'n'roll!"

Drewer's determination and results are being noticed too. Drewer was recently pencilled in as a future Le Mans Winner. Drewer's name was included in a cartoon by world-renowned motorsport cartoonist John 'Stonie' Stoneham for Auto Action magazine suggesting he will one day follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen David Brabham who won this year's 24 Hour with Peugeot.

This comes after he was named by Auto Action magazine as Australia's 'Best Rookie Overseas' following his stellar performance in 2008 and was also included in Australia's Wheels Magazine's Hot Half Dozen watch list.

Drewer makes his first appearance on the Lime Rock circuit at 10:40am EST Friday, July 17. Qualifying will occur later that day, while Race 1 and 2 will be on Saturday, July 18.

-credit: tomdrewer.com

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers David Brabham , Tom Drewer