Valerie Limoges set for Daytona Debut DeLand, FL (25 January 2006)--Valerie Limoges will be making her Grand-Am Cup Series debut as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, running the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset...
Valerie Limoges set for Daytona Debut
DeLand, FL (25 January 2006)--Valerie Limoges will be making her Grand-Am Cup Series debut as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, running the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C in the Grand-Am Cup 200 this Friday. The race is the first of the ten-race Grand-Am Cup Series season, which will conclude with a twelve-hour endurance race at Virginia International Raceway in October.
Limoges has signed a three-year contract to race in the Grand-Am Cup series with the Blackforest team, and has set her sights on moving to the top Rolex Sports Car Series in the future. Fellow Canadian David Empringham, who finished second in the Daytona Grand-Am Cup race last season, will co-drive the Mustang with Limoges.
Originally from Longueuil ,Quebec, Limoges has relocated to Florida to be close to the Blackforest shop in Deland, just twenty miles from the world-renowned Daytona International Speedway. While the event is a home race for the team, the Daytona track, which combines the high banking of the oval with an infield road course section, is miles away from the natural road courses Valerie grew up racing on.
But Limoges has already shown her ability to adapt quickly, as she took fourth in the Hankook Touring Car Series in 2005, her first season of racing in full-bodied cars after a career in karts and formula cars. Showing no qualms about getting used to driving with a new team and in new surroundings, Limoges raised some eyebrows with her strong performance in the open test sessions at Daytona earlier this month.
"It's really impressive with the big banking initially, but you get used to it and just focus on improving every lap," said Limoges. "There are a lot of things for me to learn-this is the first time I have raced on a track like this, and the car is quite heavy compared to the formula cars and karts I've raced before. The competition is going to be very tight with so many cars on the track, but I have a very good team and we should be strong."
With nearly ninety cars entered for the Daytona kick-off, Limoges is looking forward to getting her Grand-Am education started in a quick way, and knows that she already has some of the most important pieces of the puzzle in place to learn and do well.
"I would like to get into the top five and continue to improve so I can make it to the podium, but I know I have a lot to learn," said Limoges. "Fortunately I am racing with a team that really knows what they are doing, and of course I have a very good teammate in David (Empringham). He's a very good guy and a great coach, and I think we will work well together."