Limoges takes twentieth in Laguna Seca qualifying Monterey, CA (May 5, 2006)-- In just her second day of driving on the track, Grand Am Cup rookie Valerie Limoges showed herself to be a quick learner as she qualified the Blackforest Motorsports...
Limoges takes twentieth in Laguna Seca qualifying
Monterey, CA (May 5, 2006)-- In just her second day of driving on the track, Grand Am Cup rookie Valerie Limoges showed herself to be a quick learner as she qualified the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C twentieth for Saturday's U.S. Sportscar Invitational race with a 1:40.982-second lap of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday.
Saturday's Grand Am Cup race will once again boast a large field, with sixty-eight cars slated to take the green flag, and Limoges will have her work cut out for her to make it to the front, although the Canadian showed she has the pace to do just that, having moved from twenty-fifth to seventh in the last race before turning the car over to her teammate David Empringham.
"The car was much better in the qualifying than it was in the warm-up this morning, so I was able to keep improving during the session," said Limoges. "I like this track-it's very fast in some sections and of course the corkscrew is so different from anything else. I liked the corkscrew even better in qualifying because I was able to get the power down much better this afternoon!"
Limoges and Empringham nearly had the chance to celebrate victory in the last round, as the No. 4 Blackforest machine crossed the line in first position, but a post-race penalty for Empringham's having made a pass under the yellow flag slotted the car tenth in the final order, something that Limoges is looking to improve on.
"It was ok to get a top ten at VIR, but we know the car is very fast, and David and I are working well together, so hopefully we can do better here at Laguna," smiled LImoges. "We have some improvements still to make with the car, but I'm pretty happy with the car on this track so far."
Round three of the 2006 Grand Am Cup season will start at 2:45 PM local time, and the race is slated to be carried on Speed Channel at 1:00 PM on May 13th.