Friday’s qualifying sessions set the grids for Saturday’s NorthEast Grand Prix
Lakeville, Conn. (16 July 2021) Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal will visit Lime Rock Park this Saturday to wave the green flag for the NorthEast Grand Prix featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Mr. Blumenthal is serving his second term as a United States Senator from the State of Connecticut after serving an unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General.
He has also served in the Connecticut House of Representatives; was the Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff; aide to former U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan when Moynihan was Assistant to the President of the United States, and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Lime Rock Park recently announced that a new ownership group has acquired the track from Skip Barber, with Dicky Riegel being named as CEO for the new entity. Riegel has been a passionate supporter of Lime Rock Park since first visiting the track with his father as a young man. Barber will continue maintain an ownership stake and support the management team.
Qualifying Sets Fields on Friday
After a warm and sunny start to the day, showers visited the area as track activity was paused for localized lightning. But the sun soon returned as both the grids for the Lime Rock Park 120 IMSA Pilot Challenge race as well as the NorthEast Grand Prix were set in qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Watkins Glen winners Patrick Gallagher and Stephen McAleer will start from pole in the GS class in their No. 23 Aston Martin Vantage GT4, with the young duo of Tyler Maxson and Tyler Gonzalez claiming the TCR class pole on board the No. 27 Hyundai Veloster N TCR.
Saturday’s 3:10 PM race start for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event will see Jordan Taylor lead the field to the green flag after taking the overall pole in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R with a fast lap time of 49.958 seconds. The GTD field will be lead by the No. 23 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Roman De Angelis, who claimed his first-ever IMSA career pole with a quick time of 51.729 seconds.
The gates will open at 7:00 AM on Saturday, with the two-hour IMSA Pilot Challenge race set to start at 11:05 AM and the WeatherTech 2 hour, 40-minute sprint slated for a 3:10 PM start.