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June 19, 2008
Lime Rock Park is going to be awesome
Lakeville, CT - With more than 130 members signing up with The Club at Lime Rock Park – most of them at $110,000 for a 50-year membership – the track at the famed park is undergoing a radical makeover.
Just how radical Journal photographer Steve Szydlowski and I discovered yesterday when we went to visit and talk with track owner and president Skip Barber and members of his team.
The site is a beehive of activity, with men and women and machines working all round the track. Excavators are carving out great swaths of earth while trucks move it from one end to the other.
Some of the track is being milled down for resurfacing; other parts are being dug up completely and relaid. Runoff areas are being widened and graded, and new barriers are being put in.
Hills are being regraded and three new, optional corners are being added in an effort to slow down one of the fastest tracks in the nation.
Most but not all of the work will be completed by July 11-12 when the track hosts the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Additional work will done next year.
Make no mistake, this is a $5 million makeover and the end result will be stunning – a flawlessly smooth track with additional features and safety margins that will be a treat to race and visit.
Read more about our visit in my article in this Saturday’s projoCars section.
by Peter C. T. Elsworth