Just one week from Pirelli World Challenge’s venture to our neighbors to the North, the series scoots down to Connecticut to visit Lime Rock Park, a stop they haven’t made since 2013. After running the full course in 2013, the 2016 edition will run the chicane course, the layout IMSA has used for the last several years. Cadillac and K-PAX spent the week before the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park rounds testing at Lime Rock and the series will hold a separate test on Tuesday with official sessions beginning on Friday. It looks to be another fantastic, but possibly wet, weekend of racing with a lively Memorial Day weekend crowd.
In GT, Patrick Long, who is tied with K-PAX Racing’s Alvaro Parente in the championship standings, looks to continue his momentum after winning both races at CTMP on his debut with his new team, Wright Motorsport. Chasing Long and Parente will be both Cadillac’s of Johnny O’Connell and Michael Cooper, the Nissan of JD Davison, Bentley of Andrew Palmer and Acura of Ryan Eversley. After sustaining damage in a race 2 wreck, Eversley’s #43 TLX GT will not be fixed in time to race, so his teammate, Peter Cunningham has elected to put Eversley in the #42 for the weekend. With this being the first time full-spec GT3 cars have races on the circuit, look for many swings during the weekend, but with K-PAX and Cadillac testing there recently, they may have the advantage. However, a circuit that is similar to CTMP, the Porsche, Bentley and Audi especially, can challenge to run in front. Of note, the top 4 in GT points are separated by only 10 points.
In GTA, Wright Motorsports’ Michael Schein looks to keep inching his way closer to championship leader Martin Fuentes and his Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458. After Fuentes won the first seven races of the season, Schein swept rounds 8 and 9 at CTMP. Frankie Montecalvo, who missed race 1 at CTMP for his sister’s wedding, finished an impressive 3rd in class after starting from the rear of the field. Montecalvo will look to restart his season at Lime Rock, a circuit that should suit the Mercedes. GT Cup will once again see Alec Udell, who leads the championship, and Sloan Urry battle it out for class honors. Only 14 points separate the two in the standings.
After an action-packed GTS race 2 at CTMP, a few teams are in a crunch for time as they try to get their cars ready for Lime Rock. Lawson Aschenbach, championship leader, wrecked with Brett Sandberg (3rd in points) and his KTM X-Bow and both will look for redemption at Lime Rock. Jack Roush Jr sustained great damage to his car after an incident with Scott Dollahite’s Lotus and the Roush Performance team hopes to rebuild the car in time. Young Parker Chase, who just seems to keep finding the podium, sits only 14 points behind Aschenbach in the championship race and looks to keep his impressive season going this weekend. Look for the Camaro, KTM and Ginetta to be leading the way.
Nearly 30 cars are spread through the TC classes for Lime Rock, a circuit that should put on amazing racing for the category. Toby Grahovec and Nick Wittmer each won at CTMP and will both be leading the way at LRP in the top Touring Car class. Elivan Goulart, TCA championship leader, swept the weekend in Canada and will carry that momentum into both races at LRP. TCB sees only 6 entries, but we should have some exciting battles between Henry Morse, PJ Groenke and Will Rogers.