Lime Rock Park Opens New Era LAKEVILLE, CT (11 July 2008) -- After a manic month of milling, grading, dirt moving and paving the stage was set for Lime Rock Park version 2.0. The moment of truth arrived at 10:45 on...
Lime Rock Park Opens New Era
LAKEVILLE, CT (11 July 2008) -- After a manic month of milling, grading, dirt moving and paving the stage was set for Lime Rock Park version 2.0. The moment of truth arrived at 10:45 on Friday morning at Lime Rock Park, as the high powered, high-downforce American Le Mans Series field took to the track for the opening practice session for the Northeast Grand Prix. The newly paved track passed the test with flying colors.
With two newly revised corners, a new layer of pavement covering the pit lane and entire track surface and new spectator walk ways installed along the circuit, Lime Rock Park has a new look, but boasts a similar feel as fans flocked to the track for what could be considered the "first day of the rest of your life" for Lime Rock Park.
"I think everyone who was involved with this project should be proud of what happened today," said Skip Barber, President of Lime Rock Park. "The new spectator walkways lining the track were very well received, and this is the first time that I've not had drivers complaining about a bumpy race track! This entire process was a monumental undertaking, and for it to come off without a hitch today and to get the feedback that we have from drivers, fans and everyone here has just been fantastic. I'll admit to being more than just a little bit relieved! Now, we can look forward to a great day of racing on Saturday."
Lime Rock Park's favorite son Sam Posey took the first laps at speed on the new configuration on 4th July, and just one week later. The new track held up to the forces of the American Le Mans Series racers through multiple practice and qualifying sessions, with the event continuing to get a warm reception from Lime Rock Park fans as advance ticket sales surged some 26% over last year's remarkable crowd.
The local flavor was even further enhanced as Rob Dyson, who is celebrating his eponymous team's 25th anniversary of professional racing at Lime Rock Park this weekend, toured the track during the lunch break in his Porsche 962 Chassis #10 with some hot laps.
That Connecticut connection was even further enhanced in the American Le Mans Series qualifying, as the "other" home team, Danbury-based Patron Highcroft Racing, scored the team's first--ever pole position as David Brabham scored a 46.696-second lap to eclipse the rest of the 27 car ALMS field.
"I'm excited for everyone on this team," said Brabham. "This is the home race for Patron and Highcroft and it was my job to get this car on the pole and I'm just happy I was able to do that. The new surface is smooth and has better grip. I have a great car, and we were fast right away here this weekend so I hope we can just be first into the first corner tomorrow, and we can go from there."