BMW Sponsors LRP's Championship Weekend Sept. 27-28

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With BMW announcing that they are again the presenting sponsor of Lime Rock's Grand-Am season finale, we thought you would like to see some very good videos of BMWs in racing action. We have the click-throughs at the bottom, after you read this short update about the title fights coming up September 27 and 28.

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Ganassi's BMW-Riley is in the title hunt, to be decided at LRP September 28

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This BMW 128i can win the Continental Tire ST championship at LRP September 27

For the second year in a row, BMW has taken ownership of the Grand-Am season finale here at Lime Rock Park.

Lime Rock’s last big spectator event of the year is the “Grand-Am Championship Weekend Presented by BMW,” September 27-28.

This is Grand-Am’s season finale. Both the Rolex Sports Car Series – Daytona Prototypes and GT – and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series, GS and ST, have to decide all the 2013 titles at Lime Rock.

Drivers, manufacturers, teams and engine-makers all want a slice of the 2013 championship pie, and we don’t have to tell Lime Rock fans what usually happens when you put teams and drivers desperate to win on the track for one last shot: Crazy-good action.

The Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Rolex DP team (BMW/Riley with Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett) has slim 9-point advantage over Wayne Taylor Racing (Corvette DP with Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli), while in the driver’s championship, Taylor & Angelelli have an even slimmer lead over Rojas & Pruett, just 8 points. You a Chevy guy or a Bimmer guy? And by “guy” we mean “gal.” Or “guy.”

In Rolex GT, seven drivers are within 26 points of leaders Andy Lally and John Potter. It’s boiled down to a harsh Porsche GT3 vs. Ferrari 458 vs. Chevy Camaro battle... who you gonna pull for?

This is a race – the last-ever Grand-Am race in history, since Grand-Am and ALMS merged for 2014 and beyond, called United SportsCar Racing (USCR) – you don’t want to miss, for many reasons.

In Continental Tire, the Street Tuner (ST) championship battle is also super-tight, a dog fight between a BMW 128i driven by Mike LaMarra and Terry Borcheller and a Honda Civic Si piloted by Kyle Gimple and Ryan Eversley. Just 8 points separate the teams and drivers. Do not miss the Friday Conti Tire ST race!

Call us for tickets (860.435.5000) to the Grand-Am Championship Weekend Presented by BMW, September 27-28, or click here to go to the Tickets page.

Okay, as we promised at the top, we found some excellent BMW-related videos that we thought you would really like, regardless of whether you're a Bimmerphile or not.

BMW’s M Motorsports Division racing history

A very good on-board from a Conti Tire GS BMW M3, at Mid-Ohio this summer  

This is a neat re-cap of Turner Motorsport at Lime Rock last year – much of it shot in super-slow-mo

BMW Performance Center cars drifting at Lime Rock

Turner Motorsport 2011 re-cap video from Lime Rock Park

Here’s the Gear Patrol review of the BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition that was revealed during last year’s championship weekend

Sweet video highlighting the sound of a BMW CSL at Lime Rock

BMW’s own video introducing its Z4, racing in ALMS

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Rare Appearance of Auriana's Cars at HF31


Lawrence Auriana, a very successful businessman who is also very well-regarded in the historic racing community, is not one to show off his cars in static displays. Mr. Auriana collects vehicles that embody living, breathing history, and he has a deep respect for wheeled competition, sports cars and motorcycles alike. Cars sitting under lights in a building is not, to put it in the vernacular, “his thing.”

But those who are here at Historic Festival 31 and Sunday in the Park will find Mr. Auriana has made an exception to his “policy,” and is bringing no less than 14 spectacular vehicles to Lime Rock Park.

And that is because it is only Lime Rock that organizes a massive vintage racing event and a world-class concours, all on the same property on the same weekend. Indeed, the Sunday in the Park Concours is not held on a golf course or a meadow or someone’s massive lawn. It is held on a race track.

So Lawrence is bringing some of the best of the best that he owns. Take a look at this list!

1928 Maserati Tipo 26
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1950 Ferrari 166 Barchetta
1953 Maserati A6GCS
1953 Alfa Romeo 3000 CM
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition
1965 Ferrari 250 LM (pictured is Sam Posey in a 512, which he raced back in the day)
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 N.A.R.T. Spider
1972 Alfa Romeo TT33
1972 Ferrari 512 M
1972 Ducati 750 SS Imola
1978 Ducati 90 TT (ex- Mike Hailwood TT winner)
1953 Fiat Transporter in Maserati Team livery
1966 Alfa Romeo Factory Service Van

Click here for all the information you need concerning Historic Festival 31, August 30 through September 2.



We Want You in the Sports & Race Car Parade

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Everyone, from the drivers to the fans, keeps telling us how much they like the Thursday Vintage & Historic Race Car Parade, which officially kicks-off Lime Rock’s Labor Day weekend Historic Festival.

The Parade is a hundred or more cars that leave Lime Rock Park at 4:00 p.m., then travel a 17-mile route through the towns and villages in the area, ending up at the Welcome Party & Street Fair in Falls Village, about two miles from Lime Rock Park.

Hundreds of people line the route to watch this unique parade of old sports cars and race cars It’s a wonderful celebration of vintage vehicles, seen how they’re supposed to be seen... driving on the road!

The Street Fair in Falls Village is live music – Wanda Houston, the late Whitney’s cousin, is singing – plus food, ice cream, entertainment and more. And all the sports cars and race cars are parked in the village for a wonderful, impromptu car show!

If you’re the owner of – or have the keys to! – a 1970 or older sports car or race car, we want you to be in the Parade.

Yes, this is our solicitation to anyone reading this email to join the Thursday Falls Village Vintage & Historic Race Car Parade if you have a car that meets the criteria.

(Please email Jeff Grossbard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details of your car.)

Here’s what you do: Drive or trailer your car to Lime Rock’s Main Entrance at 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Conn. 06039, to arrive by 3:00 p.m. You will be directed to line up on Sam Posey Straight, and right at 4:00 p.m., the Parade starts, led by a Lime Rock BMW Pace Car.

This is a lot of fun to both be in and watch!

Pass the word... and we’ll see you next Thursday...

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ESPN Radio Party at Max Burger in West Hartford

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Hartford’s ESPN Sports Radio 97.9 is doing a live broadcast of The Bower Show from the Max Burger restaurant on LaSalle Road in West Hartford, next Tuesday, August 27, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., promoting Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 31 and Sunday in the Park Concours.

It’s a party!

ESPN has asked us to wrangle cool, old sports cars and others of that ilk to display in the nice, big parking lot of the restaurant during the show, called “Lime Rock on LaSalle.”

Bring your older, cool car – and even if you don’t, come out to Max Burger and party with us!


True Story

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True story. After Saturday’s first of two Ferrari Challenge races, and before the start of the second, I took Onofrio Triarsi, the overall and Trofeo Pirelli class winner, and Brent Lawrence, the Coppa Shell class victor, up to the Lime Rock Fan Hospitality compound. We wanted them to talk a bit about the race they had finished just 20 minutes earlier, and to answer any questions our Fan Hospitality guests had.

On the golf cart ride up to the chalet, I asked them what they thought about racing at Lime Rock, as a stand-alone event. “This is fantastic,” Onofrio (I call him “Over Time”) said. “I can’t believe how many people came, you know, for us.”

Brent said, “This really is a great place for us to come. The fans, the track... we feel like superstars here.”

After the talk and Q&A, the guys really had to get back down to their rigs to go over the data with the engineers and coaches, and I was trying to hustle them out, but guess what... they stuck around for another 20 minutes because the fans wanted photos and autographs and handshakes and there were babies needing to be kissed. Yup, like superstars...

Lime Rock Park is the only race track Ferrari Challenge goes to where it is the only series on track. And that’s because you guys are knowledgeable, loyal fans who “get” the Lime Rock experience. The drivers felt it in the air, and all I have to say is, that’s cool. And thanks...

Here are some great shots from the day by stellar shooters Greg Clark and Casey Keil. (Over Time is in the camo-colored #23 F458, while Brent is in the #14.)

- Rick Roso

The PDFs of the full results are on and can be clicked-through directly here (R1) and here (R2).