Lime Rock the pits for Limoges Lakeville, CT (29 May 2006)--Valerie Limoges finished fourteenth in the Lime Rock Park Grand Am Cup GS 200 after multiple trips to the pit lane cost time and track position for Limoges and co-driver David ...
Lime Rock the pits for Limoges
Lakeville, CT (29 May 2006)--Valerie Limoges finished fourteenth in the Lime Rock Park Grand Am Cup GS 200 after multiple trips to the pit lane cost time and track position for Limoges and co-driver David Empringham in the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C.
Limoges started the race from the thirteenth row, and stayed on the lead lap well into her stint, but was then handicapped after receiving a penalty for passing just as a yellow flag period got underway.
"I had just made the pass, and then they showed the yellow, so I slammed on the brakes to let the guy back by me, but he's no idiot, and wouldn't let me do that so I had to take the penalty," said Limoges.
Limoges showed that her fitness regimen has been paying dividends, as she ran for over an hour and a half before turning the car over to Empringham, who had to make his own extra trip to the pits after having been judged to have made a pass before the start finish line on a restart.
"I wanted to make up some of the ground we'd lost with the penalty and was looking to get going," said Empringham. "I've been racing so long with the rules the other way, I just forgot and it cost us some track position with the drive-through."
Empringham rallied to bring the car home in fourteenth position, but Limoges was disappointed to with her debut at Lime Rock Park.
"The result sucks a little bit, but that's racing," said Limoges. "We just lost so much track position with the two penalties and then of course having to come for fuel and tires as well, that we just had too much ground to make up."
The Grand Am Cup Series will race again at the newly resurfaced Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 25th.