Fast Facts for the Mohegan Sun presents The Lime Rock Park Grand Prix Weekend. WHAT: Mohegan Sun Presents the Lime Rock Grand Prix. WHERE: Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut. WHEN: Friday-Monday, May 24-27. TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE ...
Fast Facts for the Mohegan Sun presents The Lime Rock Park Grand Prix Weekend.
WHAT: Mohegan Sun Presents the Lime Rock Grand Prix.
WHERE: Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut.
WHEN: Friday-Monday, May 24-27.
TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All Times EDT):
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Trans-Am practice, 12:40-1:20 p.m.
Trans-Am practice, 4:30-5:10 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Trans-Am practice, 10:20-11:05 a.m.
Trans-Am Fast Five qualifying, 3:50-- 4:35 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
MONDAY, MAY 27
Trans-Am warm-up, 10-10:20 a.m.
Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup race, 3 p.m.
BROADCAST: SPEED Channel, Monday, May 27, 3 p.m. ET (live).
DEFENDING CHAMPION: No race in 2001.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: N/A.
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.53-mile permanent road course.
RACE DISTANCE: 66 laps (100.98 miles).
Qualifying (one lap) -- 1995, Ron Fellows, 109.74 miles per hour (50.189 seconds). Race -- 1996, Dorsey Schroeder, 104.178 mph.
1995, Boris Said, 106.362 mph (51.785 seconds) .
3 of 12 in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.
NEXT EVENT: Saturday, June 29, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.
* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship leader Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) has finished fifth or better in six of his last seven Trans-Am starts, dating to a third-place performance at Sears Point last year. Also included are finishes of third at Mid-Ohio and fifth at Portland and Road America last year, as well as a victory at Mosport and a runner-up result at Long Beach this year. Said did not compete in the 2001 season finale at Houston.
* Justin Bell (#40 XtremeLens Chevrolet Corvette) owns podium finishes in five of his past seven Trans-Am Series starts, dating to third at Portland last year. He also finished second at Mid-Ohio and won back-to-back events at Laguna Seca and Houston last year, then added to the run with a finish of third at Mosport last weekend.
* Lou Gigliotti (#28 LG Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette) has finished fourth or better in three of his last four Trans-Am Series starts, dating to a podium performance of third at Laguna Seca last year. The run also includes finishes of fourth at Houston last year and Mosport this year.
* Defending and three-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/MatrixOne/Futaba Jaguar XKR) will be seeking his first-ever Trans-Am victory at Lime Rock this weekend. Among active Trans-Am venues that have hosted two or more events, Lime Rock and Road Atlanta are the only two at which Gentilozzi has not recorded a victory. His career-best finish in seven starts at Lime Rock is third in 1997.
* Coming off last weekend's race at Mosport International Raceway, most Trans-Am teams will roll their cars off the trailers with similar suspension setups and tire strategies, says Gary Blalock, chief tire engineer for BFGoodrich® Tires. "Mosport and Lime Rock Park are very similar courses in how they punish the tires and vehicles," Blalock said. "Lime Rock Park is virtually an oval. There are seven right turns and one left turn. It's not as harsh as a road course, but the left side tires are really punished. I think we'll see teams run similar strategies to Mosport, applying what they learned last weekend. If there are changes, it may be in spring adjustments to account for the traditionally bumpier track at Lime Rock. Depending on weather, we may see some teams choose to step up the compound on the left side to capitalize on the track."
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