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Old 07-17-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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ALMS @ Lime Rock



One of the most scenic road course in North America, Lime Rock Park draws impressive crowds when the American Le Mans Series rolls into town. The 1.5-mile, 10-turn circuit keeps the action flowing all race for both drivers and spectators.

July 23-24, 2010
2:05 p.m. ET
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I love Lime Rock Park, I am a little worried that because the track is short with only the front straight, it it suited much better for the Ferrari and Porsche then the Corvette. I maybe wrong, (and I sure hope so) but we will need to wait until next week.
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Keep the airhoses out of the way an double check all electrical connections please. Oh, and HELMETS EVERYONE!

With all the twists and turns, are the Corvettes better suited because they have low torque and more "instant on" acceleration, as opposed to the higher winding Ferrari?
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Keep the airhoses out of the way an double check all electrical connections please. Oh, and HELMETS EVERYONE!

With all the twists and turns, are the Corvettes better suited because they have low torque and more "instant on" acceleration, as opposed to the higher winding Ferrari?
If there are a lot of cautions like the last race, the Corvettes will be in trouble because for some reason the car isn't good on restarts and the tires cool down too much.

If there is a lot of green flag racing they should be ok.
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Corvette Racing at Lime Rock: Into the Arena

Corvette Racing at Lime Rock: Into the Arena

Shortest Circuit on American Le Mans Series Schedule Promises Constant Action


LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 20, 2010 – It's been called a bull ring and a short track with hills, but perhaps Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin's description of Lime Rock Park is the most accurate: "It's like stepping into a gladiatorial arena."

Gavin and his Corvette Racing teammates will take on the shortest circuit on the ALMS schedule when they contest the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix on Saturday, July 24. After missing last year's Lime Rock round while preparing for the debut of the GT2-spec Corvette C6.R, Corvette Racing will be in the midst of the raging GT war this weekend on the tight 1.51-mile, 10-turn course. With entries in four classes sharing the same ribbon of asphalt and lap times under one minute, the action promises to be fast and furious.

"Lime Rock is a track where every lap in every session will be a battle," Gavin said. "Contact with other cars is almost inevitable, and it will be extremely difficult to have a clean race. The track is tight, bumpy, and low grip in places, so it's a real, real challenge. The corners come thick and fast, and the traffic is right there all the time. It's aggressive racing, and you feel almost like a gladiator fighting for your life."

Gavin and his co-driver Olivier Beretta won the GT1 class three times at Lime Rock in their Compuware Corvette C6.R, while teammates Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen were victorious in Corvette Racing's last appearance in GT1 at the Connecticut track in 2008. The only blemish on Corvette Racing's otherwise perfect record at Lime Rock came in 2006 when Pedro Lamy's Aston Martin beat O'Connell to the stripe by .033 seconds, still the closest finish in ALMS history.

"All my experience at Lime Rock is with the GT1 Corvette," said Magnussen. "We had tremendous downforce and the car was fast and super quick going down the hill. With the GT2 specification, I expect we'll be sliding the car a lot more. I'm actually looking forward to it!"

Lime Rock Park has been a mainstay of sports car racing in New England for more than 50 years. The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix will continue this rich tradition of Corvettes competing in the Berkshire Hills.

"Lime Rock Park is not only one of the most storied venues in the history of the American Le Mans Series, but also in American road racing," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "When you consider the greats who raced there, drivers like Mark Donohue, Al Holbert, Paul Newman, and so many others, it's clear that Lime Rock is woven into the fabric of road racing in America."

Corvette Racing’s next event is the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. The 2-hour, 45-minute race will start at 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 24, and will be televised live on SPEED. Live audio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio, Sirius Channel 127, and XM Channel 242.
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I just took a look at the IMSA bulletin board and it doesn't appear to show any performance adjustments to be made to the Ferrari F430 GT.



I won't be surprised to see Risi run away with this race any different then the Utah race.

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Corvette Racing: Sprinkles in the LimeRock paddock, rain predicted for this afternoon. Morning practice will set the grid if qualifying is rained out.
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Lime Rock Green flag for first practice session. Timing at
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Qualifying will occur unless there is standing water on the track.
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The #4 Corvette has had an accident durrent practice right before Qualifying.

Twitter messages from Corvette Racing:


Corvette crew saying the whole rear axle may be broken and moving. No. 4 being brought back on a flatbed.


Left-rear trouble for No. 4 #Corvette. He has ground to a halt.

.....and the nightmare continues.....

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Live video is now up:

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The #4 Corvette has had an accident durrent practice right before Qualifying.

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Corvette crew saying the whole rear axle may be broken and moving. No. 4 being brought back on a flatbed.


Left-rear trouble for No. 4 #Corvette. He has ground to a halt.

.....and the nightmare continues.....

Did he get any qualifying laps in? What are the race-day implications? If they repair, can he still run? What caused the "accident"?
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Comment from ALMS:

Alms: No. 4 #Corvette back from behind wall. Took off brake rotor, couldn't find any damage or broken bits.

Qualifying is right now. #4 is in 6th place with just a minute to go.
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Alms: No. 4 #Corvette back from behind wall. Took off brake rotor, couldn't find any damage or broken bits.

Qualifying is right now. #4 is in 6th place with just a minute to go.
Thats a far cry from "grinding to a halt" and being flat-bedded.
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End of GT2 qualifying: #3 Corvette in 4th and #4 Corvette in 6th place.
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End of GT2 qualifying: #3 Corvette in 4th and #4 Corvette in 6th place.
Lemme guess:
Risi in P1
BMW in P2 and P3
Lizard #45 in P5

How close am I?
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