Track Construction and Paving Complete!
Lime Rock Park “Re-Opens” on this Revered Holiday
Last Wednesday, 25 June, the paving of Lime Rock Park was complete. And at 5:50am the next morning, Thursday 26 June, Skip Barber, Track President, took the official “first driving lap” in his yellow 275 GTB Ferrari. “A surreal moment indeed,” stated Skip.
Since then the finishing touches have been made. The tire walls were put back in place, the new guardrail was set up, pedestrian fencing was re-established, concrete curbing was installed and a lot of earth moving, replacing and hydroseeding have happened – just in time for the track to re-open.
Lime Rock Park has always been a perfect setting for “happenings.” And on this revered 4th of July holiday, the track adds another chapter to the book as it re-opens first for Sam Posey and then for the Skip Barber Racing School.
As a thank you to Sam Posey for his lifelong involvement with Lime Rock Park, Skip offered the official “first racing lap” to Sam this morning at 9:00am. “I feel like a kid again,” smiled Sam as he stood at the brand new Start/Finish Line. “It’s exciting to be here and I am honored to have this experience.” Sam took to the newly paved track in his vintage Formula Ford making sure to check out the new optional corners along the way.
“There is no question that the new corners will lead to passing opportunities,” stated Sam when he finished his laps. “There definitely will be a lot more gear changes than the ALMS drivers are used to doing at Lime Rock. The new corners create a much different situation in which probably all the gears will be used within a single lap. The curbing proved interesting and because it was still slippery from the previous night’s rain I was not able to get a good feel for its potential. This project is a great leap forward for Lime Rock Park.”
And a treat it was, not just for Sam, but also for the Skip Barber Racing School instructors as they eagerly waited their turn. On-lookers included Lime Rock Park staff, volunteers and friends as this 4th of July morning became a celebration of it’s own for Lime Rock Park.
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