Prototype & GT Racing at LRP

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Prototype and GT Racing at Lime Rock   
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With the last-ever Grand-Am race coming up in a couple days -- the Grand-Am Championship Weekend Presented by BMW -- we thought you would enjoy a mini-rehash of this kind of racing at LRP.

Here are some interesting facts for you to ponder.

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have scored 27 Rolex Daytona Prototype (DP) wins since they snagged their first one together in 2007 at Iowa Speedway.

Pruett himself is a five-time Rolex DP champion, by the way.

Guess how many DP races he’s won at Lime Rock? None.

But Pruett knows how to win here; he won the 1988 Trans-Am race in a Merkur XR4Ti at the wet-behind-the-ears age of 28...|


This year, BMW-powered chassis have led the most laps, 776 of 1,731 laps (45%) in the 11 races so far, while Chevy-powered cars have led 683 (39%)...


Since 1978, there have been 38 prototype races at Lime Rock; this weekend makes 39:

1978-1981 was the IMSA GTX era
1982-1993 was the IMSA GTP era
1994-1998 was the IMSA WSC era
1999 was the USRRC SR year
2000 was the Grand-Am SR year
2001 was the Grand-Am SRP year
2004-2013 was the ALMS LMP1/LMP2 era
... and 2010-2013 was Grand-Am DP

The list of drivers that have won these Lime Rock prototype races reads like a “Who’s Who” of racing.

In no particular order, victors include (non-comprehensive)...

Al Holbert
Peter Gregg
Brian Redman
Geoff Brabham
Chris Dyson
Max Papis
Butch Leitzinger
Juan Manuel Fangio II
James Weaver
J.J. Lehto
Didier Theys
Bob Tullius
Gil de Ferran
Sarel van der Merwe
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Sharp
Klaus Graff
Price Cobb
Marco Werner
Chip Robinson
Wayne Taylor
Lucas Luhr
Max Angelelli
Allan McNish

The cars? An equally impressive roster (non-comprehensive...

Porsche 935 Turbo
Lola T600
Jaguar XJR-5 and -10
Nissan ZX-T
Porsche 962
Toyota Eagle Mk III
Ferrari 333 SP
Audi R8
Riley & Scott Fords & BMWs
Corvette DP
Porsche RS Spyder...

When you come for prototype races at Lime Rock Park, you’re seeing the crème de la crème, that’s for certain.

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GT Racing at Lime Rock Park

There have been *48 GT-style races at Lime Rock since 1972, under the various sanctioning-body banners of IMSA, USRRC, Grand-Am and ALMS/IMSA, under class names including GT, GT1, GT2, GTO, GTU, GTS et al.

The marque with the most victories – no big shock – is Porsche, with 11. But Chevy is right on the 911’s rear bumper with 10 wins (5 Corvette, 4 Camaro, 1 Monza). The third-most GT wins might surprise you; Mazda, with 7. Next is Nissan’s 5 wins, Pontiac(!) at 4, Oldsmobile with 3, BMW and Ford 2, then single wins for Mercury, Dodge, Audi and Panoz.

*The source material is, which though extensive does not list or differentiate classes in its result sheets, so some class wins are going unaccounted for. I used deduced class winners where it was obvious, but in the cases where it was not perfectly clear (for instance, back in the day Mazda RX-7s ran in both GTO and GTU), I did not count them. Editor

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When you're here for the Grand-Am finale, be sure to check out the Prestige BMW Display on the Midway!

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