Lime Rock: Primetime Race Group race report

PRIMETIME DELIVERS AN IRONMAN PERFORMANCE IN THE NORTHEAST July 20th, 2009 Fort Lauderdale, Florida- Last weekend during the Northeast Grand Prix at Limerock Park in Connecticut, Primetime team owner Joel Feinberg performed triple duty while ...


July 20th, 2009 Fort Lauderdale, Florida- Last weekend during the Northeast Grand Prix at Limerock Park in Connecticut, Primetime team owner Joel Feinberg performed triple duty while racing in round five of the American Le Mans Series wedged between two IMSA Lites Series races.

The two day event for Primetime consisted of 4 practices, two qualifying rounds, and three races squeezed into a magnificent weekend of racing for fans in the Northeast. The teams #11 Dodge Viper and the #7 Elan DP-02 sponsored by "Louis Moinet Timepieces" were the highlight among the fans as owner/driver Joel Feinberg jumped between the two cars on Saturday bringing home two podiums finishes including a win in race one of the IMSA Lites, as well as an 8th place finish in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series.

Feinberg, a championship contender in the IMSA Lites Series was in need of two strong finishes to stay tight in the championship after a tire failure in round 2 pushed him down the list. Starting from third in round 7 he wasted no time and immediately put pressure on the leaders ahead. Feinberg patiently and consistently forced his way into position waiting for the right opportunity to make his move. With the fastest car on the track thru the first four corners Feinberg made his way into the lead with a heroic inside pass on the race leader. Once clear of the competitors behind, Feinberg created a healthy gap behind him and crossed the finish for his third win of the year.

During the two hour and forty five minute feature race, the Primetime team was able to advance their starting position logging an 8th in class, and 14th overall finish among the 24 car field by capitalizing on team strategy while drivers Feinberg and Hall maintained consistent driving around the 1.5 mile circuit. "Our big muscle car wasn't the best suited for this track due to the short straights and tight corners. With 24 cars on such a small track it was imperative to stay clear of any incidents and just continue turning consistent laps at our own pace", said co-driver Chris Hall.

After the morning IMSA Lites race, and a 1 hour and 30 minute stint in the Viper, Feinberg had another 30 minute race before his weekend would be complete. Starting from the third row he would need to be on his "A" game in order to stay with the front row. When the green flag dropped he quickly positioned for an overtaking in turn one, by the next corner he had advanced into the forth slot and followed nose to tail for multiple laps chasing the leaders. Trying to remain patient on the less than forgiving 55 second circuit, he made a costly move on the inside of turn two resulting in an off road excursion.

After immediately rejoining the field back in P6, a late race full course caution put him back in touch with the front pack. With only 9 minutes remaining the restart came and Feinberg jumped right back into the hunt in P4. As the "one to go" was given crossing the front straight he knew it was time to make another courageous move. Once again with the better car through the front sections Feinberg got side by side with point's leader Matt Downs and maintained speed through the corner. As Downs lost traction Feinberg held position and came through the corner ahead. He would cross the line for the final time of the weekend logging his sixth podium finish for the season and moving within three points of the championship.

As if championship results weren't enough, on site supporting the All-American team were members of the Post 9/11 Foundation including Detective Richard J. Miller of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit who was among the first responders on scene and raised the first American flag over Ground Zero to honor his fallen comrades and to rally the other first responders.

Primetime's partnership with The Post 9/11 Foundation that began this year has allowed the team to assist in helping the foundation create grass roots awareness, community support, and tangible assistance for members of the Military, Government, Police, and Firefighter communities, as well as other great Americans who have answered the call to duty since the attack. In an effort to raise funds for the foundation Primetime provided a "pit crew experience" as a raffle item for the weekend where one lucky winner would become an honorary team member for the race assisting the team on pit lane.

"This was a great weekend for the team, everyone gave it 110% to the end and we walked away winners across the board. For us to run three races in one day and advance our starting position in all three is a testament to how hard this team works for what we have. Having the Post 9/11 guys here to support our efforts and being able to give back to them was a great American honor", said team owner Joel Feinberg.

Primetime Race Group's next stop is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid Ohio in Lexington Ohio on August 8th where the #11 GT2 Dodge Viper will take the track live on NBS Sports at 4pm EST.

-credit: prg

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Series ALMS
Drivers Chris Hall , Joel Feinberg , Matt Downs