Limoges ready for tough and tight Phoenix track Phoenix, AZ (May 12, 2006)-- Valerie Limoges is knocking another new track off her list this weekend, as the Grand Am Cup Series stages round four of the 2006 season with the Avondale Mazda Twin...
Limoges ready for tough and tight Phoenix track
Phoenix, AZ (May 12, 2006)-- Valerie Limoges is knocking another new track off her list this weekend, as the Grand Am Cup Series stages round four of the 2006 season with the Avondale Mazda Twin 200s at Phoenix International Raceway. Limoges will share the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C with Ian James this weekend in the GS class of Cup competition.
The GS class will run as a stand-alone event on Saturday afternoon, providing more breathing room for the field, which can often surge to nearly eighty entries when both the GS and ST classes run together. But with the field so closely matched, Limoges believes that things could still get tricky during the 133-lap event.
"This track is very tight," said Limoges of the 1.51-mile infield road course and oval combination. "I think the race is going to be very tough, but we won't have as many cars as normal, so hopefully people will be a bit better behaved than they have been the last couple of races."
Limoges will start from twenty-second on the grid after carding a fast lap time of 1:09.294-seconds in just her second session on the track. Porsches and BMW's dominate the top of the grid, and Limoges believes that this track might flatter those marques despite the inherent strength of the Mustang package.
"I am not sure that we'll have anything for those guys, but you never know in these races," said Limoges. "The car is really good, but we are still working on getting some understeer out in the oval sections and hopefully we can make a good gain with the car and move up more during the race."
Limoges has a strong co-driver once again this weekend, as James has won at Phoenix in the SGS class in 2002, and has two podium results in Rolex GT competition from his last two visits to the desert track.
The Avondale Mazda Twin 200 is the only Grand Am Cup Series race on the 2006 schedule that will not be televised.