Friday, February 25, 2011

Lime Rock Park

John Marine | 2/25/2011 06:56:00 PM |
Called the "Road Racing Center of the East," Lime Rock Park is more like a park with a race track built around it. That adds to the unique character of this beautiful race track. The scenic views of this Lakeview, Connecticut, USA race track are stunning. The track comes in at 1.53 miles in length and is a a seven-turn race track. Tack on one or two hundredths to the 1.53-mile length for one or both additional chicanes. This track's length and number of turns may not sound very interesting to most people, but this track is ANYTHING but boring. This track will test you whether you are in a low-powered formula car or a prototype in ALMS or Grand-Am. The track has been in existence since 1957. This blog post is about one of the most beautiful short courses in the world.





--- Lime Rock Park ---

Here is a look at Lime Rock Park:

Lime Rock Park
^ from: forums.bimmerworld.com, by way of photobucket.com - Minuscule in length but big on action, Lime Rock Park is a 1.5-mile thrill ride in a beautiful American northeast setting.

The unique aspect of this track is just how much this track has a park atmosphere. That's why I said earlier that this course is like a park with a race track built around it. There are no grandstands. I would probably get caught up enjoying the sights too much around Lime Rock Park. Problem is... when you take in the sights too long, you might run the risk of having your car become part of the scenery after crashing! The view going into Turn 1 is spectacular with the big hill and all the trees on that hill. To me, Lime Rock Park is as beautiful on the East Coast as Portland International Raceway is on the West Coast. And if you're looking to better your racing skills, four words will tell you that you WILL become a better racer: Skip Barber Racing School. Skip Barber, in fact, owns Lime Rock Park.

There are only two concern parts of Lime Rock Park to me. The first is the tricky No Name Straight. It has a right-hand bend and a bit of undulation. The BIGGER issue, however, is when you head to the Uphill (Turn 5). If Lime Rock Park is run with the chicane, it can be almost extremely easy to overshoot the chicane because it's so blind heading uphill. This is a short course that is NOT short on action. In fact, this course is even raced on by the NASCAR Camping World East Series. I think I even remember the (then) NASCAR Busch Series racing this course once.


Lap Times.

The lap record around this track is 43.112 seconds. It was set by P.J. Jones in a GTP race car in 1993. Here are some more lap times around Lime Rock Park to give you an idea of lap times around this course:

Lime Rock Park Lap Times (source: Trackpedia)
Car/Machine Lap Time Recorded
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 53.478
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 50.170
Formula Atlantic 47.1
Audi R8 (LMP Race Car) 46.753


Video Lap.

You want a video around Lime Rock Park? Here is some video insight by one of my personal favorite race car drivers, Mr. Bill Auberlen:






Visit www.limerock.com to learn more about this course. You may also contribute to this track on Trackpedia by checking out Lime Rock Park on Trackpedia. Thank you for reading!

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