Combination of Cindi Lux, Mopar Dodge Viper and Road America Has Always Been Strong Three Road America Starts Has Earned Lux Two Victories ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., August 5, 2008 - Certain tracks seem to fit certain drivers. Road America is that...
Combination of Cindi Lux, Mopar Dodge Viper and Road America Has Always Been Strong Three Road America Starts Has Earned Lux Two Victories
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., August 5, 2008 - Certain tracks seem to fit certain drivers. Road America is that kind of track for Cindi Lux (Aloha, Ore.). In her career, Lux has driven the track only three times - all in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Club Racing T1 class - but she has stood on the top step of the podium twice in that time. Sunday, Lux will take on her biggest challenge ever at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Wisconsin facility: the Road America Road Race Showcase Featuring SPEED GT. Thus far, Lux has excelled in the 2008 SPEED World Challenge GT Series driving the No. 2 Team Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe to a World Challenge career-best finish of fifth after qualifying third at the Grand Prix of Salt Lake City in May. The Road America course is similar to the track in Utah with long straightaways and a combination of quick and slow turns. For Lux, the only road racing member of Team Mopar, the return to Road America marks the start of a string of tracks that she hopes will benefit from her familiarity of the facilities and past successes in Dodge Viper products.
Cindi Lux in the Team Mopar Dodge Viper Comp. Coupe by Jeff Boerio Cindi Lux in the Team Mopar Viper Lux's first victory at Road America came in her debut at the track in 2004. She became only the second woman to ever win her class in the highly prestigious "June Sprints". In 2006, the 12-time road racing champion came back with a vengeance taking her second career "June Sprints" title driving a Dodge Viper SRT10 to victory in one of Club Racing's premier events. The one hour, August 10 race is the first SPEED GT Series start at Road America for the 1999 American Le Mans Series Women's Global GT Series Champion and marks the Series' return to Road America. Following a frustrating weekend at Mid-Ohio where the Mopar Viper last competed, the Road America round is a perfect setting for the program to rally.
Road America is the first of several events that will challenge the drivers on course and the team's best logistics people behind the scenes. The Elkhart Lake race is Round Eight of 12 with Mosport International Raceway, north of Toronto, coming quickly on its heels with an August 24 green flag scheduled. From Mosport, NayKid Racing will travel south to Detroit the following Sunday, August 31. The Detroit event is the first time that World Challenge has joined the American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series at the Belle Isle race course. The event will be a celebration of all things Mopar, Dodge and Chrysler as members of America's supercar car club will descend on the Motor City for the 10th Annual Viper Owners Invitational. Over 500 Dodge Vipers will be on hand to root the Team Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe of Lux and other Viper drivers at the temporary circuit laid out on Detroit's beautiful Bell Isle. A short break will follow with the SPEED GT cars again taking to a new course on September 28. New Jersey's Thunderbolt Raceway marks the first visit of the World Challenge to that new facility. The season will close at another of Lux's most successful tracks, Road Atlanta, on October 4.
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The Road America round of the GT championship can be seen on SPEED Channel at 12 pm (ET), August 30. Live timing and scoring can be found at: www.World-Challenge.com.
Cindi Lux: "After our tough weekend at Mid Ohio, I am ready to get to one of my favorite tracks. The guys did an outstanding job putting our Mopar Viper back in pristine shape for this race. I have some of the best crew/engineers in the industry and I just hope we can wrap our arms around the handling department early in the week. It will be important to nail the qualifying setup so we can work on the race setup in practice rather than after we qualify. It will be important to have a good result from this race because we have several races very close to this event. Momentum is key right now in the season."
-credit: NayKid Racing