Valerie Limoges takes top-ten at VIR Alton, VA (April 23, 2006)-- The Grand Am Cup Series is known for big fields, competitive drivers, and a lot of seat time on some of the best tracks in the country for the drivers who compete in the ...
Valerie Limoges takes top-ten at VIR
Alton, VA (April 23, 2006)-- The Grand Am Cup Series is known for big fields, competitive drivers, and a lot of seat time on some of the best tracks in the country for the drivers who compete in the category. However, Saturday's VIR 200 was not a shining example of racing, as only twelve of the forty-nine laps were run under green conditions at Virginia International Raceway. Some drivers in the eighty-two car field often proved too anxious to make something happen on a track that varied from full wet to nearly dry for the two and a half hour event.
Valerie Limoges started from twenty-fifth in the Blackforest Motorsports Group No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C, and was up to seventh by the time she turned the car over to co-driver David Empringham early in the race during a full-course caution.
Empringham moved steadily back up through the field, and after a second stop for fuel and slick Hoosier tires, once again worked his way towards the front, taking the lead on lap 38 just as a caution period was called.
Believing that he'd made the pass before the yellow, Empringham did not serve the drive-through penalty, and crossed the finish first, well ahead of the field, only to have forty-five seconds added to the No.4 machine's time after the race and a demotion to tenth in the final finishing order.
"It's a shame we got the penalty, because the car was very good no matter what the conditions," said Limoges. "The team had a very good strategy with our pit stops, and it was great to see the car take the checkered flag in first, but of course we then got moved back afterwards. But, for me this is an OK result because I am ready now for the long race when we come back here, and after the bad finish we had at Daytona, this is much better!"
The Grand Am Cup Series will race again in two weeks' time at the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round three of the 2006 season. The Series will return to Virginia International Raceway on the weekend of October 6-8 for the twelve-hour season finale event.
The VIR200 will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis on April 29, 1:00 PM EST.