Join Us For Saturday Night Dinner And A Panel


Join Us For A Special, One-Night-Only "Dinner and a Panel" During Lime Rock's Historic Festival 36
Saturday, September 1, 2018
6:30p - 9:00p

Buy your tickets here to join David Hobbs, Geoff Brabham, Tommy Kendall and Lyn St. James, as well as moderator Mike Joy, as they come together to recount stories and share inside jokes from the GTP Era during Lime Rock Park's Historic Festival 36 Saturday Night Dinner, held at 6:30 p.m. in our large hospitality tent.

Limited Seating, Advance Ticket Purchase Required • PURCHASE ADULT TICKETS - $85PURCHASE KIDS TICKETS - $30

Dinner And A Panel: The GTP Era of Sports Car Racing

One of the highlights of IMSA racing was The GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) Era from 1981 to 1993.  The class was created when IMSA GT co-founder John Bishop decided against following FIA's newly introduced Group C rules and instead, introduced the GTP class for sports prototypes. GTP was a class for roofed prototypes with certain dimensional restrictions, and instead of the more usual limits on engine capacity, it placed limits on fuel consumption. The class was credited for many innovations in the U.S., including anti-lock brakes, traction control and active suspension. 

Drivers Sam Posey, David Hobbs, Geoff Brabham, Tommy Kendall and Lyn St. James will each discuss their time driving GTPs. The panel will be moderated by Mike Joy.

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee David Hobbs is currently a commentator for NBC and NBC Sports Network. David has had a 31-year driving career where he participated in nearly every racing class. One if his famous races at Lime Rock Park is when he won the 1971 L&M 5000 Continental Championship driving for Carl Hogan in a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet. He won five of the eight rounds that year. He would claim the 1983 Trans-Am Series championship as well. His recently-released autobiography is entitled, "HOBBO: Motor Racer, Motor Mouth." Read more about David Hobbs and his career highlights at http://limerock.com/GTPEraPanelist

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee Geoff Brabham is an Australian-born racing driver who made 10 appearances in the Indianapolis 500, won four IMSA GTP titles when racing for Nissan and one Can-Am championship, and won the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans driving one of the factory Peugeot 905s. Brother of Le Mans winner David and son of three-time Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham, Geoff now supports the racing career of his son Matthew. Read more about Geoff Brabham and his career highlights at http://limerock.com/GTPEraPanelist

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee Tommy Kendall has raced in the IMSA GT Championship, the SCCA Trans-Am Series and NASCAR. Son of race driver Charles Kendall, Tommy began his racing career competing in the IMSA series in a Mazda RX-7 taking the 1986 and 1987 championships. He later won three other titles in the same car, which we've heard he still owns. Just over a year after injuring his legs in a 1991 crash at Watkins Glen, he returned to racing and continues to provide television analyst and host motorsports series. His latest on-air program, "Driven - A Race Without Boundaries," premied on Fox Sports 1 in 2013. Read more about Tommy Kendall and his career highlights at http://limerock.com/GTPEraPanelist

Florida Sports Hall of Fame inductee Lyn St. James competed in the IndyCar series, Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, has two victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Among her career recognitions, Sports Illustrated for Women has named her one of the "Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century." Lyn founded the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation to support women's growth in auto and motorsports fields, is a motivational speaker, and an author. Read more about Lyn St. James and her career highlights at http://limerock.com/GTPEraPanelist

Television Sports Announcer Michael "Mike" Joy currently serves as the lap-by-lap voice of Fox Sports' coverage of NASCAR. Counting 2018, Mike has been part of the live broadcast of 40 Daytona 500s through various networks. Growing up Connecticut, Mike began his career announcing at tracks in the region and was a former manager at Lime Rock Park. He also raced here, including his win here at the Historic Trans-Am race in 2013. Now living in North Carolina with his family, Mike restores vintage MGs. Read more about Mike Joy and his career highlights at http://limerock.com/GTPEraPanelist

Enjoy The Saturday Night Dinner And Support A Cause:

Hosted in a tent atop the infield and overlooking the Sam Posey Front Straight, the dinner will be provided by Lime Rock Catering and include a delightful array food stations as well as craft beers and local wines. A cash bar offering cocktails and spirits will also be available. 

To honor Lime Rock friend and motorsports icon Sam Posey who lives with Parkinson's Disease, $10 of each ticket sold will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research via the Team Fox initiative. The Foundation supports various research institutions who work to find a cure to this disease, including research facilities at Columbia University in New York City for which Sam's doctor is affiliated with. To learn more about Lime Rock Park's 2018 official charity and additional ways in which you can help to support its cause, visit http://limerock.com/historicfestivalfundraising

Advance purchase is required to attend this special "Dinner and a Panel" event. Tickets are available for $85 FOR ADULTS and $30 FOR CHILDREN. Buy your tickets here...

Menu:
Reception-Style (6:30p)
≈ Meat & Cheese Displays
≈ Crudité and Dips
≈ Demi- Baguettes w/Jambon Ham/Butter/Basil
≈ Demi-Baguettes w/Brie & Onion Marmalade
≈ Bruschetta-Olives-Artichokes-Breads-Crackers

Dinner Stations (7:00p)
≈ Salad Bar Extravaganza
   ≈ Fresh Greens
   ≈ Baby Field – Romaine – Spinach
   ≈ Toppings: Bacon – Cranberries – Fried Noodles – Fruit – Croutons
   ≈ Vegetables: Tomatoes – Peppers – Cucumbers – Carrots – Olives
   ≈ Grilled Chicken
   ≈ Dressings
≈ Pasta Island 
   ≈ 3 Pastas – 3 Sauces 
   ≈ Ravioli – Penne – Orecchiette
   ≈ Tomato Basil Fondue – Roasted Pepper & Herb – Pesto Cream
≈Manned Grill
   ≈ Steaks – Sausages – Kabobs
   ≈ Cauliflower Gratian
   ≈ Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
   ≈ Green Beans & Wild Mushrooms

≈ Dessert & Coffee Bar (8:00p)
≈ Pastries: Cookies – Bars – Fruit – Cakes – Brownies

≈ Open Bar for Beer & Select Wines, Cash Bar for Liqours

Evening Schedule: 

5:30p - 6:30p: "Lime Rock Park: Six Decades of Speed, Beauty and Tradition" autograph session and book purchase opportunity (located inside dinner tent while setup occurs)
6:30p: Tent opens – check-in at front desk. Cash bar is open for guests
7:00p - 7:30p: Dinner stations open for guests
7:30p - 8:30p: Guest Panelist discuss The GTP Era of Sports Car Racing
8:30p - 8:45p: Audience Q&A with guest speakers
8:45p: Tent closes
 
Additional information about Lime Rock Park's Historic Festival 36, including racing and fan event schedules, appearances and autograph sessions can be found at http://limerock.com/labor-day-historics

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