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Schedule: Pirelli World Challenge Weekend

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The Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock Presented by Bentley is Lime Rock's big, traditional Memorial Day Weekend season-opener, May 27-29. The support series is the terrific new Formula 4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda (plus Sunday’s 7th Annual Royals’ Garage Car Show, this year to benefit Lakeville Hose Co.).

Yesterday afternoon, SCCA Pro Racing gave us a heads-up on the schedule for the weekend, so we wanted to give you the details of the main race day, Saturday the 28th. (There’s lots of on-track action on Friday the 27th, too!)


Saturday, things start right at 9:00 a.m. with 30-minute warm-up sessions for PWC GTS, Formula 4 U.S., then PWC GT/GTA/GT Cup. By 11:00 a.m., the Car Corral laps start, followed 20 minutes later with the 1-hour PWC GTS race two. That’s followed immediately by race two of the F4 U.S, championship (green flag at 1:15 p.m.).

Then everyone should head up to the Pirelli World Challenge Driver Autograph session on the Midway, which starts at 1:45.

We then open the pits and track to the fans at 2:45 for the pre-race Grid Walk – get right up to the cars and drivers as they’re getting ready for the race!

We then clear the grid for the start of the main event, race number two for Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup, at 3:15.

(Need a refresher on the wildly varied cars in PWC? Click here.)


But Wait There’s More... a third F4 U.S. race starts at 4:30!

The whole day we have the fun, active Midway, raffles to win Hot Laps, the paddocks are free to enter, and for excellent food and drink, we’ve got two concessions stands, plus the Paddock Café. Of course, the ever-popular Harpoon Tavern is on the Infield Spectator Hillside overlooking almost half the track.

A reminder to Lime Rock “rookies”: Everyone 16 and under gets free General Admission (with accompanying adult), Armed Forces active and veterans are also free, along with their immediate family, and parking is free.

Excellent ticket options include Mohegan Sun VIP Fan Hospitality, Personal Cabanas and Insider’s Club membership. (Don’t wait too long on these, because they sell out.)

To see the complete Friday-Saturday schedule, click here for the official Pirelli World Challenge pdf.

The various ticket links are in the text of this email.

And remember, we gladly accept phone calls if you want to order live on the phone! (860.435.5000).

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How cool is Pirelli World Challenge?

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The Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock Presented by Bentley is our big, traditional Memorial Day Weekend season-opener, May 27-29.

PWC is the racing playground for virtually every “hot car” automaker selling in the U.S. Are you an avid Audi nut? A Caddy cognoscente? A Ferrari Fanboy? Mavens of McLaren and Mercedes? BMW and Bentley Boys? Take a look at this impressive list of the PWC GT and GTS race cars that will be here Memorial Day weekend...

Acura TLX-GT                                            Ford Mustang Boss 302
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 & GT4         Kia Optima
Audi R8 LMS Ultra                                   Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3
Audi TT RS                                                McLaren 650S GT3
Bentley Continental GT3                         Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
BMW Z4 GT3 E89                                    Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
Cadillac ATS-V.R. GT3                               Porsche 911 GT3R
Chevy Camaro Z28                                  Scion FR-S GTS
Dodge Viper GT3R                                   Subaru WRX Sti
Ferrari 458 Italia GT3


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Each starts as a production car, then safety, aerodynamic, suspension, driveline and engine modifications are made per the rules and regulations. Some body parts can be replaced with carbon-composites. The whole idea is to minimize the number of modifications from the factory-sold car. Tires are Pirelli P Zero racing slicks and wets. The end result is a race car with 425 to 525 horsepower that looks – and is – very much like the car some of you drove to Lime Rock in!

Because PWC is very good at balance of performance regulations, every race is super-close, super competitive and needless to say, damned exciting. These races are sprint races. Fast and furious. One hour from the frantic start to the inches-apart finish.

Friday and Saturday are filled to the brim with on-track action. On Friday, May 27, in addition to practice and qualifying all morning, there are two Pirelli World Challenge races and a Formula 4 U.S. Championship race. (U.S. F4 is all-new, and Lime Rock is its world debut! This series looks like it’ll be as exciting and competitive as the Formula Atlantic series was.)

Saturday, May 28, there are four races: Two more PWC races and two more U.S. F4 races, plus autograph sessions and a free pre-race Fan Grid Walk.



And Sunday May 29 is the spring’s best car show in the Tri-State area, the Seventh Annual Royals’ Car Show, 400 of the best machines owned by real people with real lives – it’s the anti-concours concours.

We hope we’ve been articulate enough to describe why this a must-do weekend for Lime Rock fans. Thanks for reading.

Here are some helpful links. Hope to see you the end of May!

Pirelli World Challenge car descriptions 
Pirelli World Challenge facts  
Pirelli World Challenge drivers    
F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda 
Lime Rock Memorial Day weekend ticket and hospitality options 

And don't be afraid to call us if you want! (860.435.5000).

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Listen to Mom...

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We don't want to sound like mom, but you know, this is for your own good... 

Lime Rock Park’s Memorial Day weekend season opener is next month. Not only do we have the extremely popular Pirelli World Challenge series – two races Friday, two races Saturday – but there's also the North American debut of an all-new, exciting open-wheel series. Its organizers chose Lime Rock for their history making first races: SCCA Pro Racing’s U.S. Formula 4 Championship (one race Friday and two on Saturday).

So this is what Mom wants you to know...

o Buy tickets ahead of time, because you save a ton of money. Duh

o We have only 8 “Hillside Cabanas” remaining. They’re set up on the Infield Hillside and overlook Big Bend, the Esses and the Righthander – you see 44 percent of the track! A cabana is like your own personal mini-hospitality, so you better get clicking if you want one

o Lime Rock has dramatically improved the Camping Area, and you don’t pay a per-day fee (just a one-time cost). The location choices start at just $25

o There are only a handful of RV spots left, so get crackin’ y’all!

o The premier fan experience at Lime Rock is Saturday Mohegan Sun Fan Hospitality. Great food, drink (both kinds), guest appearances, TV feed of the PWC races, goodie bag, big, comfortable tent, great viewing... What’s not to like?

You can buy everything we’ve just talked about online (that’s what all those links are about), but you are always welcome to call the Ticketing Office at 860.435.5000.

Now go pick up your socks and make your bed...

The “Moms” at Lime Rock Park

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Lucas Race School cuts LRP price by more than half

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The Lucas Oil School of Racing loves Lime Rock so much that they are reducing the price for its first Schools and Test Days here by $2,400! Yes, Lime Rock fans only have to pay $1,999 for either the June two-day Basic or the June two-day Test Days at Lime Rock Park! Both Lime Rock schools are Monday-Tuesday, June 20-21. There are 10 seats left in the Basic and 10 seats left for the Test Days.

Students drive the new Ray GR-RSC open-wheel formula car.

The Lucas Oil “Basic Two-Day” qualifies graduates to apply for a provisional SCCA Competition License.

Equipped with a 5-speed paddle-shift sequential gearbox and high-performance Cooper CSS Ultra Touring 195/55-16s mounted on Team Dynamics Racing wheels, the engine is a 2.0-litre Elite that makes 170 h.p. The GR-RSC chassis is derived from the Formula 3 title-winning Ray GR-11, then custom-built for the rigors of a racing school. All school cars are equipped with AiM Formula Dash 2 data acquisition and a SmartyCam video system.

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U.K.-based Ray Formula Cars Racecar Engineering has been designing, building and supporting junior series open-wheel race cars for more than 45 years.

Todd Snyder, Lucas Oil School of Racing COO, said, “Scheduling schools at Lime Rock Park – it is a superb training venue, a track I’ve been teaching at for more than 25 years – has been at the top of our list since the beginning. In fact, our entire instructor corps has vast experience at Lime Rock, and they’re looking forward to these schools as much as the customers itching to get the best coaching available in what we think is the best school car in the country.”

Lime Rock Park General Manager Steven Sewell said, “Everybody attached to the Lucas Oil School are racers that I’ve known and worked with for close to 30 years. We’re excited to have them teach the art and science of race car driving here at Lime Rock.”

For information or to enroll:

Lucas Oil School of Racing website: http://lucasraceschool.com/

Lucas Oil School of Racing email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lucas Oil School of Racing phone number: 561.200.RACE [7223]

Lucas Oil School of Racing Basic Two-Day (regular price $4,400; $1,999 for June school at Lime Rock): Description
The first step in the driver development program. Two eight-hour days of instruction combined with 5 hours of on-track time in a modern formula race car – proven to be the best tool to learn the art and science of race driving. Successful completion qualifies graduates to apply for a provisional SCCA Regional Competition License.

Lucas Oil School of Racing Two-Day Test Days (regular price $3,599; $1,999 for June days at Lime Rock): Description
For experienced drivers; gain speed, gain confidence, or just learn a new track. A minimum of three 30-minute sessions per day will get you up to speed, while available post-session data debrief and video analysis allow you to maximize your efforts.


2016 Lime Rock Park Two-Day & Test Days Schedule
June 20-21 - Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn. (special LRP price)
August 8-9 - Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn.

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The "Everything" Schedule Posted

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Lime Rock Park’s full-year 2016 track, autocross and special events schedule was posted this morning at limerock.com.

Click here, or go to the home page and under “INFO,” pull down and click on “Track Schedule.”

The major spectator events (announced last October) are included in the full-schedule listing.

The full schedule shows the year’s driving club track days, open autocross days and Lime Rock Drivers Club days, plus special events such as the Rotary Club Independence Day Fireworks, Muddy Chef, and Endurance Karting schools and races. Club races such as those held by VSCCA, Porsche Club of America, Ferrari and Jaguar are also listed.

See you soon!

Everyone at Lime Rock Park
     
@limerockpark

 

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