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New England Racing News – April 17, 2008

By Lou Modestino

A new chapter in the history of Lime Rock Park in Conn. was written last week as the track celebrated its Groundbreaking of "two Lime Rock Parks." The venue announced the multi-million dollar track upgrades, the repaving schedule and officially release the Lime Rock Park track(s) map.

"When The Club at Lime Rock Park was announced last July, we committed to spending all the capital raised on the facility. This capital plus the "I Helped Pave the Park" campaign and track rental fee surcharges all contribute to this effort. The plan was to make the track safer, smoother with repaving and slow it down a little, particularly the downhill, without changing its character. We’re going to do better than that," Skip Barber, Track President, stated.

Think "two Lime Rock Parks:" 1) Classic Lime Rock - unchanged in fifty years and unchanged going forward, the fastest road course in North America, will be completely repaved and have significantly improved runoff areas; 2) the new or "Optional" Lime Rock substitutes three wide and slower corners with increased overtaking opportunities, along with a wider and straighter Back Straight, additional upgraded runoff areas and will be a moderate speed track.

There is nothing Mickey Mouse - no chicanes - about the "Optional Lime Rock Park." Rather, it is a layout for the present - for the fast, high tech American Le Mans Series cars - and for any other group that chooses it. It is also a layout for the future as cars and tires continue to develop. With the new optional corners there are actually eight possible track configurations. It will be easy to switch from one course to another.

In addition to repaving "Classic Lime Rock," adding three optional corners and a new back straight, the plan is to construct a longer and safer pit lane providing more pit boxes. The track is closing from 27 May - 2 July to complete all of this work.

In March a lot of work was done on the drive-over bridge that crosses the track. The bridge was raised 6.5 feet and now meets the F.I.A. specifications of being four meters above the track. New bridge abutments were built and are wide enough to accommodate a pedestrian bridge in the future.

A plan to rebuild the Paddock bathrooms, adding handicap men’s and women’s restrooms by Memorial Day weekend, but issues with building bathrooms in a 100-year flood plane (the Paddock) have delayed this project.

In January the track purchased the 19-acre parcel on your left as you drive into the track off White Hollow Road. This will enable us to have a more dramatic entrance, add one of our optional corners (the new West Bend) where tickets are currently collected, improve the runoff area at Classic West Bend, and eventually have a straight shot at the drive-over bridge.

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8-18-08 - Preserving the Park - Lime Rock's New Look

7-7-08 - Republican-American: Lime Rock Park changes add intrigue to track

6-24-08 - Providence Journal: An extensive racetrack makeover at Lime Rock Park

6-19-08 - Projo CarsBlog: Lime Rock Park is going to be awesome

6-5-08 - Challenge: The Club at Lime Rock Park Introduces Associate Memeberships

5-21-08 - Hudson Valley Connoisseur: Vrooom ...the Ferrari sound

5-14-08 - Shelby American Automobile Club: Lime Rock Park Undergoing a Facelift

4-17-08 - New England Racing News: NEW ENGLAND MOTORSPORTS SOUTH

4-14-08 - Sports Car Digest: Lime Rock Park Changes

4-14-08 - The Chronicle: Paving the way to Lime Rock's future

4-11-08 - The Racing Forums: Lime Rock Park - A new chapter...

4-11-08 - American Le Mans Series: Two Lime Rock Parks?

4-10-08 - Hartford Courant: Skip Barber Announces Major Changes At Lime Rock Park

2-5-08 - Hudson Valey Connoisseur: Skip Barber - Driven to Succeed

2-08 - Robb Report Collection: Automotive Country Clubs

1-14-08 - The Boulevard: Around the Track with Skip Barber

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Media Releases:

7-4-08 - Track Construction and Paving Complete!

6-30-08 - Lime Rock Track Re-Paving Update

6-24-08 - Lime Rock Track Re-Paving Update

6-17-08 - Lime Rock Track Re-Paving Update

6-10-08 - Lime Rock Track Re-Paving Update

4-11-08 - Two Lime Rock Parks?

3-21-08 - The Club at Lime Rock Park Introduces Associate Memeberships

2-5-08 - The Club Announces Guest Member Days

1-28-08 - The Club at Lime Rock Park Announces "Guest Member Day" Program

1-10-08 - Lime Rock Park Invites "Cashmere Mafia" To Shoot At The Track

12-19-07 - The Club at Lime Rock Park Breaks Escrow and Commences Operations

12-24-07 - Formula 1: A Membership at Lime Rock for Christmas?

12-19-07 - Limerock club signs up 100 members, to renovate track and facilities

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