Lime Rock: Michael Lewis preview

Michael Lewis comes to Connecticut with a purpose. "I'm really glad we have another race this weekend. I would hate to have the bad taste of our outing at Mosport in my mouth for a couple of weeks or a month!" - Michael Lewis Lime Rock Park...

Michael Lewis comes to Connecticut with a purpose.

"I'm really glad we have another race this weekend. I would hate to have the bad taste of our outing at Mosport in my mouth for a couple of weeks or a month!" - Michael Lewis

Lime Rock Park (May 22nd 2002): The Trans-Am Series returns to Lime Rock Park, located in the picturesque hills of Connecticut, after a two-year absence. Michael Lewis and his AutoCon Racing team cannot wait to get there and start racing the AmeriSuites & American Spirit Racing Jaguar XKR. After having so much trouble at Mosport being able to start a new race weekend is a good thing for them. The team is confident that their results will be much better on Memorial Day weekend since it wasn't the Mosport track beating them since they spent most of the Mosport weekend chasing problems and precious little time dialing in the car.

Lime Rock, like Mosport, is another momentum and speed course, and when asked to compare Mosport to Lime Rock, Michael Lewis quipped, "Hopefully, there is no comparison! But, seriously, they are quite similar in that they are both momentum courses. Lime Rock is shorter but the high speed corners are everything."

Lewis feels that the fans in Connecticut should see records fall this weekend at Lime Rock. "At Mosport the new surface having cured for a full year and the new aero packages for the cars sure made a big difference in speeds, Lewis said. "I see no reason that the cars won't be just as fast this weekend."

"We won't be running the fuel-injection system at Lime Rock," Lewis commented on his own strategy for Lime Rock. "I think it could be an advantage at that track, but we need to take a somewhat conservative approach and get a top five finish and earn some much needed points."

Lewis expressed surprise that the Mosport race went the distance without one full course caution. "It has happened before at Lime Rock and could happen again," Michael speculated. "But I doubt it will. Sometimes they like to have those competition yellows to make the race more interesting. I also won't be surprised if someone tries to go without a fuel stop. I think that we could, but I doubt we will gamble on that right now."

The race at Mosport was over in less than an hour. It doesn't take long to go 100 miles when you are averaging 109 MPH! Will that happen at Lime Rock? Will a team gamble and try to make the 100 miles on 24 gallons of fuel. All of those questions and more will be answered at 3:00pm on Memorial Day, when the 650 horsepower ground shaking missiles known as Trans-Am racers try to tame the 1.6 high speed track known as Lime Rock Park.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Michael Lewis