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AGT: Paul Newman to race at Lime Rock

Paul Newman to Race in American GT Challenge at Lime Rock, July 3 LAKEVILLE, Conn. - Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor and Connecticut resident, has competed in SCCA Club Racing events at Lime Rock Park this season and he plans to be back at...

Paul Newman to Race in American GT Challenge at Lime Rock, July 3

LAKEVILLE, Conn. - Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor and Connecticut resident, has competed in SCCA Club Racing events at Lime Rock Park this season and he plans to be back at the Road Racing Center of the East on July 4th weekend.

Newman, 79, will pilot the No. 79 Chevrolet Camaro in the American GT Challenge race on Saturday, July 3, which is part of the four-day American Le Mans Series New England Grand Prix.

The New England Grand Prix, July 2-5, features the first ever appearance in the Northeast for the ALMS. Three of the four class-winning teams at the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be competing at Lime Rock along with established sports car stars such as JJ Leto, Ron Fellows, Butch Leitzinger, James Weaver and all the ALMS series regulars.

The Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear, the Formula SCCA Championship and the Spec Miata Challenge will also be racing at Lime Rock. On Sunday, July 4, celebrate the holiday with the whole family at a spectacular Corvette car corral and hear live music, see live ALMS pit stop demonstrations, and take a tour of the Petersen Motorsports ALMS team compound.

Newman has won four SCCA National championships in three different classes; D-Production (1976), C-Production (1979) and GT-1 (1985-86). SCCA GT-1 is one of the classes eligible to compete in the American GT Challenge, a series for tube-framed chassis, V-8 or V-6 American muscle cars.

Newman won the 1986 Trans-Am Series race at Lime Rock and has competed in other some of the biggest sports car races in America, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Tickets for the American Le Mans Series New England Grand Prix can be purchased online at www.limerock.com and are available at Lime Rock ticket outlets, including participating AAA branch offices, throughout the tri- state area or by calling 1-800-RACE-LRP.

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Series GT
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Ron Fellows , Paul Newman