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Lime Rock Park Bolsters Staff with Two New Hires, Gears Up for Exciting 2018 Season

Stephen Berner Joins Staff As Director of Marketing & Business Development, Marlane White Hired As Public Relations & Communications Manager

LAKEVILLE, CONN. (Feb. 19, 2018) – Lime Rock Park, the historic motorsports venue in beautiful Litchfield County, Conn., is pleased to announce two key hires for its Marketing Department. Stephen Berner has been tapped to lead the Park’s Marketing team as Director of Marketing & Business Development. Additionally, Marlane White has joined the team, serving as Public Relations and Communications Manager. Both will work to further spread the Historic Park’s story.

With a background in Motorsports Publishing and Ad Agency New Business, Berner will be leading Lime Rock’s Marketing and Communications efforts, working with the Executive team to onboard sponsors and partners.

White comes to Lime Rock Park with more than 20 years of relevant communication experience, specializing in the travel and tourism sectors. At Lime Rock, she will oversee content delivery tasks, focused on sharing information on the Park’s digital media streams such as

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Skip Barber Releases Statement Regarding the Skip Barber Racing School Bankruptcy

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 28) – With significant legal decisions being handed down Friday, July 28, in a State of New York courtroom regarding the bankruptcy filing of the Skip Barber Racing School, Skip Barber the person (president of Lime Rock Park) has issued a statement:

“It has come to my attention that there are some people both inside and outside the motorsport industry who erroneously concluded that the bankruptcy filing of the Skip Barber Racing School is somehow connected to me. I’ve even heard reports that ‘Skip Barber,’ referring to me, is bankrupt.

“I sold the school in its entirety nearly two decades ago (1999).
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Pirelli World Challenge “SprintX” Coming to Lime Rock

Lime Rock Park’s first major spectator event of the year is the Pirelli World Challenge GT series, Friday, and Saturday, May 26 and 27. Of the 2017 championship’s 11 race weekends, just five were “hand-picked” to enjoy its exciting SprintX format – including Lime Rock.

So, what is SprintX?

Across the world, there are basically two types of GT racing (i.e., race cars based on production sports cars). There are sprint races – short, quick competitions, usually an hour or less – and endurance races, which are between two-and-half and 24 hours long and by rule, employ two or more drivers per car.

In the U.S., the short sprint GT races are conducted by Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), while the long endurance GT races are conducted by IMSA WeatherTech (at Lime Rock July 22).

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APEX Driving Events Brings 2017 Circuit Schools to New England’s Top Tracks with High Performance Driver Training from World-Class Motorsport Professionals

APEX Driving Events Opens Registration for 2017 Circuit Schools, Making Stops at Famed Road Courses in New England and Beyond

Boston, MA (March 14, 2017) – APEX Driving Events is proud to open registration for its 2017 Circuit Schools, providing motorsport enthusiasts access to New England’s best road courses with individualized instruction from APEX’s team of handpicked professional racing drivers.

APEX’s 2017 Circuit Schools make stops at famed tracks including Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, CT), Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, NY), Palmer Motorsports Park (Palmer, MA), Thompson Speedway (Thompson, CT) and is expanding to the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) which has been widely regarded as one of the top racing circuits in the U.S. Annually, VIR hosts events for the top tiers of sports car racing in the US including Pirelli World Challenge and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Championship.

“APEX is fueled by a true passion for motorsports and it’s very exciting to be back for another season,” said APEX Driving Events Founder, Daniel Bloom. “In 2017, we are introducing new tracks and events for driving enthusiasts to learn the limits of their high-performance machines and improve as drivers by learning from our highly-accomplished racing professionals.”

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Historic Festival 34’s Complete Entry List; Morton Racing Three Cars

Complete Racing Entry List for Lime Rock’s Historics
One of two Honored Guests racing three cars

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Aug. 19) – Subject to minor changes, the 263-car Racing Entry List for Historic Festival 34 Presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars, September 2-5, has been released by Festival Chairman Murray Smith.

Smith’s created nine race groups averaging almost 30 cars per, highlighted by the new-for-the-Lime-Rock-Festival “Tin Tops” (Group 5); an all-Formula Ford grid (Group 2); and 29 of the Ken Epsman-run “Historic Trans-Am” organization’s fabulous – and authentic – pony cars (Group 4).

Clicking on this link brings you to a pdf of the Historic Festival 34 entry list.

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Seventy Pirelli World Challenge Drivers Set to Tackle the ‘Bull Ring’ at the Lime Rock Park Grand Prix Presented by Bentley

Lakeville, Conn. (May 26, 2016) – Seventy Pirelli World Challenge drivers across the series’ seven classes are set to battle it out May 26-28 at the renowned ‘Bull Ring’ – part of the traditional Memorial Day Weekend season-opener at Lime Rock Park. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 10 and 11, while GT Cup and GTS pilots race in Rounds 9 and 10. TC, TCA and TCB drivers will race Rounds 5 and 6. The Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Grand Prix presented by Bentley marks the 17th appearance for the series at the 7-turn 1.5-mile road course.

Long, Parente, O’Connell and Cooper Set for Showdown at Lime Rock – GT Preview

With over 10 world-renowned manufacturers represented by some of the top drivers in the world, the GT class features some of the best sports car racing on the planet.

It’s been an up and down 2016 season so far for Porsche Factory driver Patrick Long. Long, the former PWC 2011 GT Driver’s Champion, comes into the Lime Rock weekend on an upswing having just won back-to-back races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. With those two wins, Long sits tied for the lead in the Driver’s Championship with McLaren Factory Driver Alvaro Parente. Both Long and Parente sit at 761 points each. Long will pilot the No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R for Wright Motorsports. Long also looks to help Porsche repeat as GT Manufacturer’s Champions in 2016 – Porsche comes into the weekend leading Cadillac by 15 points.

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Young Bentley Driving Star Andrew Palmer Heads to Lime Rock Park After Strong CTMP Pirelli World Challenge GT Runs

PWC’s Youngest GT Winner Ever Can See Victory Lane in his Sights

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 25, 2016) – Andrew Palmer has been fast in just about everything he has ever done. 

The 21-year-old Chicago native became the youngest GT winner (19) in Pirelli World Challenge history when he made a last lap pass in 2014 at Barber Motorsports Park. And the former college cross country and track and field star graduated from Pomona College in Southern California in three years, majoring in the difficult Mathematical Economics.

And last year, the personable driver of the No. 87 Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3 sports car captured class wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit LeMans events.

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Lime Rock Park Announces 2016 Schedule, Discounted Holiday Ticket Pricing

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Nov. 19) – This one email provides the 2016 Lime Rock Park Event Schedule, links to the Christmas and holiday discounted general admission ticket pages, and this link to the online Lime Rock Merchandise Store.

2016 Schedule: Four major spectator events (three in 2014 and 2015)

May 27-29, Pirelli World Challenge on traditional Memorial Day Weekend
Pirelli World Challenge (GT, GTA, GTS, GT Cup), world debut of SCCA Pro Racing United States F4 Championship series, and the Seventh Annual Royals Garage Sunday Car Show

July 2223, Northeast Grand Prix IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar & Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
WeatherTech championship: Prototype Challenge, GTLM & GTD; Continental championship: Grand Sport & Street Tuner. New for 2016 is the return of the GTLM class (good news for the Corvette fans in the Northeast, and they are legion). New factory efforts by Ford (the new GT), Lamborghini, Lexus, and Dodge have joined the fray. NEW for IMSA 2016: Teens 16 and under admitted FREE with accompanying adult

September 2-5, Historic Festival 34 & Sunday in the Park Concours
250 vintage and historic race cars, 1,200 concours and collector cars, iconic Honored Guests and special collections. Each year’s Festival is always highly anticipated. Theme, Honored Guests, and special collections TBA

September 24, Ferrari Challenge North America Trofeo Pirelli presented by Singha Beer
The 458C Evo is a terrific racing machine. A squadron of them at full chat at Lime Rock is not to be missed

General Admission Tickets: One example of how big the Christmas and holiday discounts are: Would one rather pay $54 for a Pirelli World Challenge Weekend ticket now, or $75 in May? Yep, that’s what we thought…

With much of Lime Rock’s major renovation project (“Road to 60”) complete, Lime Rock Park is expecting an exceptional season.

Sources: Rick Roso/Lime Rock Park PR

F1 Comes to Connecticut

Inside F1: 2015 Year in Review with NBC’s Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett at the Ridgefield Playhouse Monday, November 30

The reason the Ridgefield Playhouse is a Lime Rock Drivers Club partner is because they get us.

Its managers and, in particular, its customers and patrons love cars, racing and its personalities.

Ridgefield Playhouse’s management is also connected…

…Australia to Abu Dhabi, Italy to Singapore, Russia to Japan – outside of the Olympic Games and the Soccer World Cup, Formula One is the most-watched televised sport in the world.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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Another Rare Mercedes Joins Historic Festival Line-up

Murray Smith, chairman of Lime Rock Park’s annual Historic Festival, confirmed today that yet another Mercedes race car of note will be brought to the Labor Day weekend racing and concours event that this year celebrates Mercedes competition cars. A 1908 Mercedes Brooklands, the sole survivor of only three produced, will join a very special collection of other historic Mercedes competition cars at Historic Festival 33, September 3 – 7 at Lime Rock Park.

A Mercedes Brooklands finished fourth in the inaugural 1911 Indy 500 driven by Spencer Wishart, just 10 seconds behind Ray Harroun’s winning Marmon Wasp.

In the 1912 Indy 500, two Brooklands started – one by Wishart and one by Ralph De Palma – and De Palma very nearly won. In the car he nicknamed the Gray Ghost, he led 195 laps, but then a connecting rod broke. De Palma was able to coast one more lap but in the end he was classified 11th, behind winner Joe Dawson. (Wishart completed 82 laps and finished 15th.) These Brooklands were fitted with 583 cubic inch 4 cylinder engines.

The records of the individual Brooklands cars are difficult to distinguish from each other; the racers were leased and loaned to many owners and drivers. De Palma’s Brooklands was later lost in a fire.

The Mercedes Brooklands has been kindly lent to Lime Rock by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

“It was the Brooklands models that built the very foundation of Mercedes racing success from the early 1900s onward,” Smith says. “How wonderful for it to join the ‘722’ 300 SLR, the 1954/55 W196 and 1939 W154 Silver Arrow Grand Prix cars, and the 1914 Mercedes that raced in the French Grand Prix. A spectacular grouping.”

In other news, Smith confirmed Historic Festival 33’s five-day schedule in addition to formalizing the nine race groups:

Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 33
September 3 – 7, 2015

Thursday, September 3
4:00 p.m.
Vintage Race Car Parade Start from Sam Posey Straight
17-mile Drive on local roads to Falls Village Street Fair

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Falls Village Street Fair
Live music, entertainment, food, car show

Friday, September 4
7:00 a.m.       Gates Open
9:00 a.m.   –   5:00 p.m., Swap Meet in B Paddock
10:00 a.m. –   5:08 p.m., Prac. & Qual. Groups 1-9
5:13 p.m.   –   6:00 p.m., Hardship Laps
Stirling Moss & Jochen Mass autograph sessions, times and locations TBD

Saturday, September 5
7:00 a.m.         Gates Open
9:00 a.m.   –     5:00 p.m., Swap Meet in Paddock B
9:00 a.m.   –     5:25 p.m., All Groups, Races 1 & 2
Stirling Moss & Jochen Mass autograph sessions, times and locations TBD

Sunday, September 6
9:00 a.m. –   5:00 p.m., Swap Meet in B Paddock
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday in the Park Concours on Sam Posey Straight
Gathering of the Marques Collector Car Show, Big Bend through West Bend
2:00 p.m. –  3:00 p.m., Awards Ceremony at Start/Finish Line
Stirling Moss & Jochen Mass autograph sessions, times and locations TBD

Monday, September 1
7:00 a.m.         Gates Open
9:00 a.m.  –   5:00 p.m., Swap Meet in Paddock B
9:00 a.m.  –   5:25 p.m., All Groups, Races 3 & 4
Stirling Moss & Jochen Mass autograph sessions, times and locations TBD

The Race Groups

Group 1 for the Lime Rock Award
Small-bore road-going Sports & GT cars

Group 2 for the VSCCA Award
Dawn of Real Performance: Pre-war Competition Cars

Group 3 for the Rabagliati Awards
Formula Junior & Formula Ford  

Group 4 for Skip’s Award
Let’s go racing! Post-war Club Racing Cars

Group 5 for Murray’s Award
Mid-century Sports Racers

Group 6 for Kent’s Award
Sportsman’s Choice… A delightful mixed bag

Group 7 for the Hagerty Insurance Award
Big-bore production Sports & GT cars

Group 8 for Herb’s Award
Not quite street legal… tastily Modified Production Cars

Group 9, Finn’s Fancy
Formula Libre post-1970 Sports & Racing Cars

Sources: Lime Rock Park

Sen. Blumenthal to start Saturday’s Lime Rock Park Northeast Grand Prix

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 24) – Richard Blumenthal, the senior United States Senator from Connecticut, today confirmed he’ll be the Grand Marshal for Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Lime Rock Park.

The Northeast Grand Prix, a two-hour, 40-minute sports car and prototype race, starts at 3:15 p.m. Eastern. The pre-race ceremonies begin at 2:58 p.m.

The senator will say some words from the grid on the Sam Posey front straight prior to issuing the command for drivers to start their engines.

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Four significant M-B competition cars confirmed for Historic Festival 33

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 8) – Competition cars from Mercedes-Benz will be the stars of Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 33, September 3-7, 2015. Event Chairman Murray Smith has confirmed the presence of four outstanding race cars:

From the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Stuttgart, Germany
□ The “722” 300 SLR driven to victory by Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson in the 1955 Mille Miglia
□ A 1954/55 W196 Silver Arrow grand prix car

From The Revs Institute, Naples, Fla.
□ 1939 W154 Silver Arrow grand prix car
□ 1914 Mercedes grand prix car (French G.P.)

Smith is currently in conversation with additional entities regarding other rare and significant Mercedes-Benz competition cars; announcements to follow.

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Lime Rock spending millions as it builds better fan experience

“Road to 60” already underway

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (April 14) – Late last year, Lime Rock Park Track President Skip Barber committed more than $3 million to a wide variety of projects to rebuild, refine and renew Lime Rock’s infrastructure. The goal of the so-called Road to 60 Project is to dramatically enhance the spectator experience from 2015 onward.

“From the paddocks and the bathrooms to the hillside viewing areas, we’re changing Lime Rock’s infrastructure from pre-historic to be perhaps the most fan friendly road course in North America,” Barber said.

Not since Lime Rock Park’s race track surface itself was re-built in 2008 has a construction project of this magnitude been green lighted at the famous 1.5-mile automotive and motorsports venue in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. Some of those projects will be complete in time for Lime Rock’s season-opener – the Memorial Day Weekend Trans Am Series, and Royals Sunday Car Show, May 22-24 – and many more in time for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar weekend July 24-25.

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Mille Miglia-winning 300 SLR Mercedes to star at Historic Festival Sept. 3-7

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (March 3, 2015) – Murray Smith, chairman of Lime Rock Park’s Labor Day Weekend historic festival, today announced that Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the factory will send to Connecticut’s Northwest Corner “722,” the 300 SLR sports car with which Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson stormed to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. Also coming from the factory collection will be a W196 Formula One Grand Prix car of the type that Juan Manuel Fangio and Moss finished first and second in the world championship the same year.

On hand to drive the cars at Lime Rock will be Sir Stirling himself as well as Mercedes Classic official driver Jochen Mass, who of course won the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Sauber Mercedes C9, in addition to being the winningest driver of the Group C era. Jochen’s C.V. includes a Formula One victory for McLaren and a win at the 1987 Sebring 12 Hours, teamed with Bobby Rahal in the Bayside Porsche 962.

Smith said, “Stirling’s drive to victory in the Mille Miglia is one of the outstanding sporting feats of the 20th century… right up there with Roger Bannister’s sub-4-minute mile and Jean-Claude Killy’s three gold medals in the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics.

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Lime Rock Park Names New Marketing Chief

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (January 26, 2015) – Christine DeMichael has joined the Lime Rock Park team as director of marketing.

Most recently the senior manager of marketing and event activation for NASCAR, prior to joining NASCAR DeMichael spent 14 years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in marketing and production management.

DeMichael comes to Lime Rock Park with an extensive knowledge of event execution, marketing and consumer intelligence. She will oversee marketing for the Lime Rock Park brand, its major events, special events, and the private Lime Rock Drivers Club.

DeMichael graduated from the University of Florida (“Go Gators!”) with a degree in Journalism and Communications, and a specialization in Photojournalism. Over the last six years, she has been very active in community charities including being on the board of directors for the Junior Service League of DeLand, Fla., Easter Seals and the Neighborhood Center.

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Kahne to Join Gordon at Lime Rock Sept. 18

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Sept. 8) – Kasey Kahne has volunteered to join Hendrick Motorsport’s teammate Jeff Gordon at Lime Rock Park Thursday, September 18 to help Gordon raise funds and awareness for AARP’s “Drive to End Hunger” campaign. Kahne is seeded 11th in NASCAR’s championship playoff system, while Hendrick teammates Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson are second, third and fourth, respectively..

Since the Jeff Gordon hot laps are sold out, Kasey has generously offered up “Kasey Hot Laps” – he’ll be driving a 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 with passengers – for a $500 donation to Drive to End Hunger, .

That means two of 2014’s NASCAR Sprint Cup “Chase for the Championship” qualifiers are here at Lime Rock, plus Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson (also driving, for $400 donations) and, of course, team owner Rick Hendrick himself.
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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website ( in the near future.

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Wounded U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Liam Dwyer Wins IMSA Race at Lime Rock Park

Three Years After Losing Left Leg In Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dwyer Wins Race On Memorial Day Weekend

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 24, 2014) – Three years ago, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer lost his left leg in Afghanistan.

Saturday, he celebrated the anniversary of his “Alive Day” with a victory in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race at Lime Rock Park.

Staff Sgt. Dwyer – who drives with a custom-made prosthesis that begins above his left knee – joined co-driver Tom Long in winning the two-hour, 30-minute IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Lime Rock in a Mazda MX-5 prepared by Freedom Autosport.

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Historic Festival 32 Gathers Big ‘Heads’ of Steam

Stirling Moss, Ralph Lauren’s Cars Coming to Lime Rock

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (March 28) – Organizers of Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 32, Friday, August 29 through Labor Day Monday, September 1, have announced that Sir Stirling Moss and wife Lady Susie are reprising their popular 2012 Festival visit and will be this year’s Honored Guests.

In addition, world renowned designer Ralph Lauren has accepted the Festival’s invitation to be its Honored Collector, following previous honorees Miles Collier, Laurence Auriana and Peter Sachs.

Festival Chairman Murray Smith confirmed that Lauren would show a small group of cars from his magnificent collection which will reflect his superlative automotive taste and provide a very rare opportunity for enthusiasts to appreciate some extremely special cars that are rarely, if ever, seen in public.

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Lime Rock 2014 Schedule Published

Tickets on sale now, including special pricing for Christmas and the holidays

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Lime Rock Park’s 2014 spectator-event schedule opens with its traditional Memorial Day weekend, this year featuring the IMSA-sanctioned Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, along with the fifth annual Sunday Royals Car Show on the 25th.

The Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) divisions will each have separate races on Saturday. Supporting the weekend is the popular IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama championship, plus VSCCA “handicap” races.

The Sunday Royals Car Show, which draws 200-400 prime vehicles of every kind – from rare sports cars and contemporary supercars to hundreds of muscle cars from the 60s and 70s – benefits local charities.

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Impressive Cast Set for NEAR Fame Fete

An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.

Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.

Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.

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New England Antique Racers Part of 4th Annual Royals Garage Car Show at Historic Lime Rock Park

LAKEVILLE, CT — The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), have been invited to participate in the Royals Garage Car Show at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, May 26th.

The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Fund.

With the club already part of a busy weekend at the historic Connecticut road course, NEAR Vice President Bill Henry states that members present with their cars & haulers on Friday and Saturday may leave them overnight for the show.

“It’s really an enjoyable event,” states Henry. “Even if Sunday is the only day you can be here, I urge club members to attend. It’s obviously for a great cause and it allows us to connect with race fans from all-over the Northeast.”

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Resurgent Trans Am Series Opens Lime Rock Park’s 2013 Season

F1600/Formula F, F2000 and VSCCA races also on slate

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Yep, we know it’s a mouthful… What’s called the Lime Rock Park Season Opener featuring Trans Am and the Sunday Royals Garage Car Show benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project is Friday through Sunday, May 24-26.

Trans Am is America’s longest-running road racing championship – it debuted in 1966 – and after a fallow few years in the mid-2000s, the series has undergone a resurgence. The Lime Rock Park entry list is now at least 28 cars long – and may reach 30 by the start of the weekend.

(Click on these links for the Weekend Schedule, the Trans Am Entry List, and the F1600 and F2000 Entry Lists.)

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GRIZCO Racing Owner Steve Griswold Passes

3-time NASCAR BNS Champion Owner was 64

Steve Griswold, owner of the GRIZCO Racing team for 18 years (1988-2005), passed away on Sunday. He was 64.

Steve and Peg Griswold fielded the #55 entry on the NASCAR Busch North Series (now called K&N Pro Series East). Brad Leighton drove for the team 1995-2002. Mike Stefanik drove the car from 2003-2005. The team captured 3 championships (1999-2000, 2005) with Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre.

In 2005, GRIZCO moved to North Carolina and created the first multi-car team in series history for Andy Santerre, Mike Stefanik and Brad Leighton. The team’s historic final season saw a 1-2 points finish with teammates Santerre and Stefanik. Santerre captured his historic 4th consecutive series championship.

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Fitch & Andrey: Loved legends passing…

Two of motorsport’s most beloved and respected gentlemen have passed away. Gaston “Gus” Andrey left us Saturday, October 27, and John Fitch closed his eyes for the last time this morning, Wednesday, October 31; Gus was 86, John 95.

Both gentlemen – drivers supreme, businessmen, entrepreneurs – were intimately connected with Lime Rock Park.

As you will soon undoubtedly read full-fledged stories on their backgrounds, history and importance to the sport on the web and in magazines too numerous to count, let it be said that all of us at Lime Rock Park miss these two immensely – and cannot even begin to express our gratitude, our respect and our immense pride in these gracious men.

Guys, as you take laps in the great beyond, as you most assuredly are, keep the shiny side up, okay?

Rest in peace, gentlemen…

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Whelen Modified Tour No. 36 Crew Chief Penalized For Rules Violations At Lime Rock

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today the crew chief of the No. 36 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), Section 20D-2.3 (Improperly attached weight) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. The violations occurred during practice on Sept. 17.

Crew chief of car No. 36, Darren Bergenty, has been fined $500 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid.

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Mrs. Griffin’s Penny Helps Szegedy Win the Town Fair Tire “66/99”

Lakeville, CT — One of the duties of a star in any racing championship is the PR meet and greets with VIPs, local movers and shakers, promoters, etc. At Lime Rock Park, fans that buy Fan Hospitality tickets also get a visit from a top driver. As polesitter for the Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town Fair Tire for the second year in a row, Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Todd Szegedy volunteered to meet those fans at lunch time today, about 90 minutes before the start of the race. After hobnobbing with the fans in the hospitality chalet, as Szegedy was leaving a woman came up to him and handed him a “lucky” penny. “Put this in your pocket for the race,” she advised. And he did.

Then Szegedy went out and not only won the race, he did so after falling off the road not once but twice, willing himself back to the lead. After the race, Szegedy was asked, “Hey, you didn’t really need that lucky penny, did you?”

“Oh, man, yes I did. I want to thank Mrs. Griffin for that!”, as he dug the penny out of his pocket and showed it to the media. “I’m keepin’ it!”

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Szegedy Battles Back for Win at Lime Rock

Earns Road Course Win In NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 Presented By Town Fair Tire

Lakeville, CT — Todd Szegedy battled back after losing the lead during on a pit stop and then making an off-track excursion to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire at Lime Rock Park on Saturday.

It was a sweet win for the Ridgefield, Conn., driver – who led all but the last four laps before being relegated to second in last year’s inaugural tour visit to the 1.5-mile, eight-turn road course. With his victory on Saturday, he took over the lead in the championship standings.

Szegedy, who had experience at LRP in other racing series prior to his NASCAR career, dominated the early action on Saturday. He started from the pole in his No. 2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford and opened up a lead of more than two seconds early. However, he fell to fourth following a pit stop during a caution on Lap 44. He later went off course, but quickly recovered and set out after the leaders.

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Szegedy’s Wisk Ford Cleans Up in Whelen Mod Qualifying

Lakeville, CT — In qualifying for tomorrow’s NASCAR Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town Fair Tire at Lime Rock Park, Todd Szegedy put his #2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford won the Coors Light Pole Aawrd with a “suck it up” effort in the final group of qualifiers, turning a :53.902 lap to nip Ronnie Silk, in the same group, who had stuck in a :54.186 just moments before.

On Szegedy’s first hot lap – each qually session was long enough for the drivers to get four laps in – he went four-off exiting the Downhill. He kept his foot in it, made the fix with his hands and didn’t let the close call faze him.“I just sucked it up, put it behind me,” he said with a smile. “I’ve been racing long enough that, well, I’d be disappointed in myself if I weren’t able to do that.”

His next lap was the pole setter.

“The Downhill is much tighter (less grip) than last year and I pushed a bit too much. Got it right the next time around, though.”

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