2012 Event Descriptions

Lime Rock Park 2012 Spectator Event Schedule      

May 25 – 27, 2012, Lime Rock Season Opener featuring Trans-Am & Royals Car Show
Lime Rock Park’s traditional season opener, the Memorial Day Race Weekend (Friday - Sunday; no Monday this year), will once again be jam-packed with top-rank sports car series races, featuring the newly revitalized SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series! This is Detroit's big iron going toe-to-toe with each other while fending off the advances of Europe's best sports cars. Stick around or come back Sunday for the third annual Royals Car Show: More than 200 of the tri-state area’s finest muscle cars, tuners, rods and antiques sitting pretty on the front straight, a show that benefits local charities.

July 6 – 7, 2012, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Presented by Tequila Patron Northeast Grand Prix
The fastest and “greenest” prototypes and GTs – the same cars and stars that race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans – makes this a frenetically paced two days of outstanding racing. The top LMP prototypes are as sophisticated as an F1 machine, and nowhere else in the northeast will you have the chance to get this close to the cars. Support races TBD.

July 21, 2012, Ferrari Challenge
When Ferrari Challenge returned last year after a four-year hiatus, the response from Lime Rock fans was tremendous. The main paddock – always free access for all fans – was filled to the brim with all manner of Ferraris. So the red-hot Ferrari 458 Italia race cars will grace the grounds again in 2012. For the tifosi among you, this is a heavenly Saturday of racing – and eye candy.

August 31 – September 3, 2012, Historic Festival 30 & Sunday in the Park Concours
This year's Honored Guest will be Sir Stirling Moss! ... No other venue in the U.S. has three days of on-track racing sandwiching a prestigious concours event – all on the same property. Since 1983, the East Coast’s premier vintage racing event has been the Historic Festival and its companion “Sunday in the Park Concours” (Sept. 2). With its famous free paddock access for all fans, Historic Festival 30 will be a feast for the senses: More than 300 vintage race cars will fill the grounds, Sir Stirling will be here for you to visit with, the Swap Meet in the Sunoco B Paddock will be packed, the Midway is always alive with activities, a famous collector will bring some terrific cars – and the racing on the track is non-stop from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. There’s nothing like it anywhere on the East Coast.

September 21-22, 2012, North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (NARRC) Run-offs
The best, brightest and fastest SCCA racers from New England put on a tremendous show, with races from dawn to dusk as they settle bragging rights in a multitude of classes. From incredibly agile formula cars and the nimble sports sedans to the big-bruiser GT-1s, race day during the NARRCs is a fun, family friendly event that will please both hard-core and casual race fans. You might even be impressed enough to have your family join the SCCA membership rolls!

September 28 – 29, 2012, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series (DP/GT) & Continental Tire Challenge (GS/ST)
For the Daytona Prototype’s third visit to Lime Rock Park, we’ve got a special treat: It’s the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 championship finale! That means there is a very good chance that you’ll be witnessing the race that decides the driver and carmaker championships in both DP and GT! The feature race on Saturday showcases the same cars that race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The Daytona Prototypes – Riley, Dallara, Lola and Coyotes powered by BMW, Chevy, Porsche and Ford engines – do battle at the same time with GT-class cars: the fire-breathing Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Mustangs, Camaros and Mazda RX-8s. Also on tap are the “showroom stock” cars in the popular Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, where virtually every automaker is represented in the Grand Sports (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) classes. Support races TBD.

Major-event general admission spectator ticket prices (expected to remain the same or lower depending on event) and the support series for each race weekend will be announced as they’re confirmed.

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