Lime Rock Park Announces 2016 Schedule
This posting provides the 2016 Event Schedule (below) and a link to the online Lime Rock Merchandise Store.
The 2016 Schedule: Four big events, not three like last year, and includes the return of the wildly popular Pirelli World Challenge and Ferrari Challenge series – and a much-improved IMSA show, along with the 34th Historic Festival.
• May 27-29, Pirelli World Challenge Memorial Day Weekend
Pirelli World Challenge (GT, GTA, GTS, GT Cup), world debut of SCCA Pro Racing United States F4 Championship series, and the Seventh Annual Royals Garage Sunday Car Show. PWC is a veritable hotbed of production- and production-based classes. The big dog division is GT, where the biggest, baddest racing machines from Audi, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Acura, Nissan, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Viper, Mercedes and McLaren bare their fangs in frantic one hour showdowns. The GTS division features a lot of the same manufacturers as GT, but the cars are closer to street spec. Don’t be fooled – the races for GTS honors are just as crazy – and it’s where Kia, Hyundai, Subaru and Scion choose to do battle with Camaros, Mustangs, Porsches, Audis, Astons and Nissans.
• July 22-23, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Northeast Grand Prix & Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
WeatherTech championship: Prototype Challenge, GTLM & GTD; Continental championship: Grand Sport & Street Tuner. The big news this year is the return of the terrific GTLM class to Lime Rock. New factory efforts by Ford (the new GT!), BMW (M6) and Ferrari (488) join the GTLM fray against the fast and reliable Corvettes, while the GTD class sees the (new) Lamborghini Huracáns against Ferrari 458s, Audi R8s, Aston Martins, Porsche 911s and Dodge Vipers.
NEW for IMSA Race Weekend only: Teens 16 and under admitted FREE with accompanying adult
• September 2-5, Historic Festival 34 & Sunday in the Park Concours
250 vintage and historic race cars, 1,200 concours and collector cars, iconic Honored Guests and special collections. Each year's Festival is always highly anticipated; there's so much to see and do it's hard to describe it all!
• September 24, Ferrari Challenge North America Trofeo Pirelli presented by Singha Beer
Lime Rock fans have gotten their wish for 2016: The return of Ferrari Challenge. The 458C Evo is a tremendous racing machine, and seeing a squadron of them at full chat at Lime Rock is not to be missed. For the record, the Ferrari drivers love racing here.
PLUS, SCCA New England Region races Saturday, June 18 and the SCCA North Atlantic Road Racing Championship Run-offs Saturday, August 27.
GA Tickets, click here
Online Merchandise Store, click here
With much of Lime Rock’s major renovation project ("Road to 60") complete, we’re excited about bringing you a tremendous 2016 racing season.
With perfect weather and great cars and drivers, the third AxIS -- AutoX Invitational Shoot-out -- presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, L.L.C., was, as always, a boatload of run-whatcha-brung fun. From race cars to pure street-stock rides, just 4.4 seconds separated the top 18 drivers on Lime Rock's 1/2-mile autocross track (thank you, Spectro Oils, for the electronic Timing & Scoring system, and Trevor Hermance, T&S Chief!). Wells Fargo Advisors Vice-President Chris Benjamin was on hand to throw some flags, watch the action and of course present the AxIS trophy.
Lime Rock Park PR Director Rick Roso took a few snaps during the day and we present on this page a photo album for your enjoyment...
This year's entrants, left to right: John Killeen, Jason Sicotte, Bill Riehl, Eric Lacore, Andrew Grigg, Wells Fargo's Chris Benjamin, 2013 Champion Dean Cusano, 2015 Champion Tom Venturino, Quinn Kizis (partially hidden), Ryan King, Kevin Separy, Matt Dunham, Tim Cloutier, Steve Roux and Charles Tator. Not shown: Ben Berentson, Bill English, Russell Kohn, Jason Levine. Photo by SAX Manager Jeff Grossbard
19th, Russell Kohn, 2008 Porsche Cayman S, 40.880
18th, Ben Berentson, 2011 BMW M3, 39.349
17th, Bill English, 2001 Honda S2000, 39.254
16th, John Killeen, 2000 BMW M Roadster, 39.069
15th, Jason Levine, 2001 Honda S2000, 38.416
14th, Andrew Grigg, 1995 Mazda Miata, 37.932
13th, Chuck Tator, 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10, 37.869
12th, Matt Dunham, 2004 Chevy Corvette, 37.860
11th, Tim Cloutier, 2009 Dodge Viper ACR, 37.819
10th, Jason Sicotte, 2015 Subaru WRX STi, 37.709
9th, Kevin Separy, 2006 Mitsubishi Evo, 37.577
8th, William Riehl, 2005 Porsche Boxster S, 37.567
7th, Dean Cusano, 1984 Jaguar XJS, 37.567
6th, Ryan King, 2000 Toyota MR2, 36.958
5th, Mike Piera, 1973 Porsche 911, 36.233
4th, Steve Roux, 2012 Wyvern-Honda FF, 36.214
3rd, Eric Lacore, 2013 Wyvern-Honda FF, 35.956
2nd, Quinn Kizis, 1999 Mazda Miata, 35.725
Your 2015 champion of the Wells Fargo Advisors presents the AxIS Shoot-out, Tom Venturino, 2012 Wyvern-Honda FF, 34.957
Following are shots from the day in no particular order -- with the exception of this first one...
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Wells Fargo Advisors AxIS Champion, Tom Venturino
Jonathan Goring, a driver coach for the Lime Rock Drivers Club, is this year’s National Champion in Spec Miata SM thanks to his exciting and superbly driven win at Daytona in the SCCA Run-Offs in late September. Another LRDC coach, Elivan Goulart (who’s already a multi-time SCCA Spec Miata National Champion) finished seventh.
We won’t spoil what happened on the last laps, but if you click on this link (or the photo), it’ll take you to that point of the broadcast.
The race was called by LRP friends Greg Creamer and Dorsey Schroeder, who admitted on-air that they messed up which drivers were in which cars – the rain and darkness certainly didn’t help in that regard – and when Greg says “Haldeman,” he really means “Goring.”
Regardless, just keep an eye on the yellow and black no. 118.
And yes, that's his Lime Rock Drivers Club coaching patch on the left sleeve of his Sparco...