Lime Rock Park

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Lime Rock Park
Road Racing Center of the East
Lime Rock Park
Track layout
Location Lakeville, Connecticut, USA
Time zone UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Owner Skip Barber
Operator Skip Barber
Broke ground 1956
Opened 1957
Major events American Le Mans Series
Northeast Grand Prix
Rolex Sports Car Series
Lime Rock Grand Prix
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Turns 7
Lap record 42.991 seconds (Canessa Pedarsen, FW 31-Williams-Toyota, 2014, Time Trial)
Lime Rock Park Race Track
Area 325.2 acre
Built 1956
Architectural style Other, Race track
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 08001380[1]
Added to NRHP October 16, 2009


Lime Rock Park is a natural-terrain motorsport road racing venue located in Lime Rock, Connecticut, United States, a hamlet in the town of Salisbury, Connecticut, in the state’s northwest corner. The track is owned by Skip Barber, a former race car driver who started the Skip Barber Racing School in 1975.

History[edit]

The 1.5 mile Lime Rock track was originally conceived of in 1956 by Jim Vaill, who, along with John Fitch and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, built the track utilizing state-of-the-art road and highway safety principles of the time. The first race was held on on April 27, 1957. In 2008, the track was re-paved and two new corner complexes were added.[2]

The track has a loyal following,<[3] though it did face some resistance from the local community shortly after it opened. In 1959, the Lime Rock Protective Association, with support from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church,[4] took the park to Litchfield Superior Court in an effort to ban Sunday racing. The court issued a permanent injunction against Sunday racing, and its decision was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court. Although park officials have expressed a desire to return to limited Sunday racing, the injunction stands to this day.[5]

The track has featured many well-known racers including Paul Newman, who supported his own Newman-Haas team with Bob Sharp,[6] Mario Andretti, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, and Mark Donohue.[7]

The Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series used a configuration which included the chicane at turn five and West Bend.

Track[edit]

For years the track was listed as being 1.53 miles in length—the story goes that right after it was built, somebody used the odometer in a Chevy to measure the track length—and 1.53 was taken as gospel. Following the 2008 reconstruction (see below), Lime Rock's operations people measured all four possible configurations, and as it turns out, each was 1.5-miles long, plus or minus a few hundred feet. The "classic" configuration is 7 turns, while the three optional layouts are 8, 9 and 10 turns, respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Lime Rock Park. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Lime Rock Park. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  4. ^ http://www.trinitylimerock.org/history/trinity_and_lime_rock_park.htm
  5. ^ Lime Rock Park Floats Idea of Renewed Sunday Racing- Lakeville Journal - December 8, 2005
  6. ^ http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/newman_own_will_not_enough_to_find_eioKeyiGuBjtHuUNH83JlN
  7. ^ "About Us". Lime Rock Park. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 

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Coordinates: 41°55′40″N 73°23′01″W / 41.927688°N 73.383599°W / 41.927688; -73.383599