Cindi Lux is preparing to strap herself into a racecar and compete in a unique endurance race. The inaugural 1999 Women's Global GT Series Champion will compete this weekend, June 2, in the "Tribute to LeMans" race. Over 100 entries...
Cindi Lux is preparing to strap herself into a racecar and compete in a unique endurance race. The inaugural 1999 Women's Global GT Series Champion will compete this weekend, June 2, in the "Tribute to LeMans" race.
Over 100 entries have been received for this annual four-hour race. Lux and her co-drivers, Gary Becker and Bill Follmer, will compete in the only non-Porsche entry, a Ferrari 348. The former Ferrari Challenge car, shod with Yokohama tires, will be the lone Ferrari in a sea of Porsches vying for victory at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles, California.
"I'm very excited that I was asked to drive in this race with Gary and Bill," said Lux, of Aloha, Oregon. "I've heard a lot about this particular event on the West coast and am excited to be a part of it. Since my Dad used to race Ferrari Testarossas back in the early 1960's, it makes this race even more special. It will be my first time behind the wheel of a Ferrari and I'm eager to give it a spin."
The day into night race begins at 5:45 p.m., running through twilight and into dark for four non-stop hours. The one-of-a-kind three-person Ferrari team will run an in-car camera in their race car for a thirty-minute tape-delay Speedvision broadcast, scheduled to air six times between July 1 and July 28.
In the 13 years that Lux has been racing cars, she has won eight road racing championships: 60 first-place finishes, 27 second place finishes, 22 third place finishes and 37 pole positions. Lux was crowned the 1999 Women's Global GT Series Champion in the American Le Mans Series. In 1999, she was also named the Oregon SCCA Professional Driver of the Year. She has set track records at Las Vegas, Laguna Seca, Sears Point, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Port Orford and Roseburg Raceway. She is a two-time winner in 1991 and 1992 of the legendary Nelson Ledges 24-Hour Endurance Race in Ohio; the 1997 SCCA Oregon Regional Champion; the 1996 ITS Conference (ICSCC) Champion; and the 1992 SCCA Northern Pacific Division's Outstanding Driver of the Year.
Lux recently went to New York to do an additional interview for the Oxygen Channel feature about Lux and teammates, Divina Galica and Belinda Endress, and their successful run in the 2000 Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, where they finished fifth in class in a Porsche 911 GT3R. The cable network is reformatting this previously released feature to a one-hour format for additional broadcasts, due to the great interest in the programming. It previously aired in January 2001 in a two-hour format.
"With the help of Cindi Lux, Oxygen Sports has been able to provide our audience with an inside look at a race car driver who has incredible passion and skill. Cindi's candor and gregarious personality allowed us to produce a compelling story around the Petit LeMans, as it naturally unfolded before our lens," said Lydia Stephans, President and Executive Producer, Oxygen Sports.
Nike will continue their association with Cindi Lux with the upcoming "Tribute to LeMans" race. Nike produces products to help athletes (drivers in this case), achieve top performance in their sport.
Lux continues to keep her driving skills honed by teaching driving schools and conducting corporate and ride-and-drive programs. For more information on Cindi Lux, check out www.cindilux.com.