Lime Rock Park
Jonesing To Get Back To Lime Rock
JaguarRSR pilot set fastest lap in track history 18 years ago
It’s been 18 years since P.J. Jones last raced at Lime Rock Park. But it afforded the Torrance, Calif., driver one of the best memories of his career – the fastest lap in Lime Rock Park’s 54-year history. Jones is back this year with JaguarRSR in a Jaguar XKR GT in this weekend’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix.
Jones turned his record-setting lap of 43.112 (125.255 mph) in the 1993 IMSA GTP race driving an Eagle Toyota MK III GTP car. This year he’ll team with Rocky Moran Jr. in the third round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
Back then we had 900 horsepower, 10,000 pounds of downforce, tires that were (narrow)… carbon brakes. We would go to tracks and break Indy Car records,” Jones said. “That was such a fun time. Back then our biggest competitors were TWR and Jaguar, and Nissan. So now here I am racing for Jaguar!”
JaguarRSR is coming off a sixth-place finish in the last ALMS round at Long Beach. Jones says he’s excited about the team’s progress since the start of the season – especially considering the level of competition in GT with factory and works-supported entries from BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche.
“I really like GT and sedan-style racing,” Jones said. “Prototypes are cool but they don’t have the door-to-door action we have. This team has come a long way and made great strides. I’m pretty confident we can carry that on this weekend.”