Grand-Am Cup at Lime Rock is Homecoming for Martinelli Motorsports LIME ROCK, Conn. -- This weekend's Grand-Am Cup round at Lime Rock Park will be a homecoming for Martinelli Motorsports. The Roxbury, Connecticut team has their No. 14 BMW M3...
Grand-Am Cup at Lime Rock is Homecoming for Martinelli Motorsports
LIME ROCK, Conn. -- This weekend's Grand-Am Cup round at Lime Rock Park will be a homecoming for Martinelli Motorsports. The Roxbury, Connecticut team has their No. 14 BMW M3 ready to go for the Grand Sport class win on their home track.
Team owner Jason Martinelli will be co-driving with Jeff McMillin in the Memorial Day race, and the 29-year-old is looking forward to sleeping in his own bed during the weekend. Lime Rock has been a part of Martinelli's racing career since the start. At the young age of 14, he attended the Skip Barber Racing School at Lime Rock.
The last time Martinelli was at Lime Rock was last season. He qualified tenth for the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race behind the wheel of a TecMark BMW 330i.
This year, Martinelli Motorsports has made a commitment to run the entire Grand-Am Cup Series. The rookie team got off to a great start during the season opener at Daytona International Raceway, starting 29th but finishing an impressive 12th.
Martinelli and McMillin were poised for an even better finish during round two at Virginia International Raceway. Martinelli was leading in the rain when another car impacted him and sent the Martinelli Motorsports BMW into a tire wall.
The crash was a disappointment for the team, who were hoping to move up in the championship battle. With extensive damage, Martinelli Motorsports headed back to the shop to make repairs, missing two back-to-back rounds on the West coast.
"It's really disappointing that we're not in the championship hunt anymore," said Martinelli. "We're going to do a lot more gambling with setup now- we've got nothing to lose so we'll try stuff to see what works and what doesn't. Of course we still want to win races, but we're also looking at this year as research for next year's program."
For Martinelli, there is no better place than Lime Rock to make a comeback. "We're going to be at a sprint pace and go for it. It will be an hour and a half sprint when I get in the car. The Downhill and Uphill sections separate the men from the boys. It's possible to go really fast through there, but you have to be brave to do it."
In addition to his extensive knowledge of the track, racing at Lime Rock has additional appeal for Martinelli. "I can bring out my local sponsors to be a part of it. Plus, it's a great chance for my friends and family to come out and cheer on the team."
Fans can cheer for Martinelli Motorsports during the 200-mile Grand Sport race on Monday, May 29th at 10:05 a.m.