At only 1.5-miles and seven-turns, Lime Rock Park may not be the most complex race circuit, the most technically challenging or even the most physically demanding, but it’s intense. INTENSE! Lux and Streimer will have their work cut out for them. The Lime Rock track is tight. It is the closest thing to a Saturday night short track “bull ring” that sports car racers get in this country. A lap is blindingly quick and the seven-turns come neatly packed into the back section of the track with the speed coming from the long pit lane straightaway. It requires significant mental focus over the course of Saturday afternoon’s 75-minute/67-lap, Next Dimension 100. Any let down of mental attention in the field of 25 TA/TA3 class cars could result in a lost position… or worse. For both Lux and Streimer, this will be the first visit to the Northeast’s historic track. Both have been heavily involved in learning the ins-and-outs as best they can through simulators, online video and conversation with other drivers.
For 12-time road racing champion Cindi Lux, the trip to Lime Rock also carries the weight of her first time competitively in a racecar since 2014. The former Dodge/Mopar and SRT factory driver was ready to join her teammate/student Streimer at the team’s season-opener in Homestead-Miami earlier this year when she tore the meniscus in her left knee. Extensive rehab – every day for over four hours a day – resulted in her return for this weekend’s race. No easy task and one that has impressed her doctors and trainers. The return shows Lux’s passionate desire to compete.
For Streimer, the rookie driver making his first foray into professional motorsports this year, the weekend is an exciting to return as well. In his Trans Am debut at Homestead, he took the Lux Performance-prepped No. 42 to the TA3i class race victory. The strong performance came with heavy team support, the engineering expertise of veteran Fred Lux and over the phone coaching from Cindi. Streimer drove masterfully to capture the team’s first Trans Am victory in its first attempt.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Next Dimension 100 at Lime Rock Park on Saturday, June 6, beginning at Noon, Eastern Time. Live timing and scoring is available at www.GoTransAm.com.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “I haven’t been to Lime Rock in probably twenty years so it’ll be like going for the first time for me. Neither of our drivers has ever even set foot in the place so we’ll have our hands full with a couple of rookies. This track reminds me of an old school, bullring style of racing. Really, Bristol is the Lime Rock of stock car racing. It’s a balance of being aggressive but also showing patience and maturity as well. Can that happen with a couple of first-timers?”
About racing at Lime Rock: “I can’t think of a better way to spend Memorial Day Weekend than racing in one of the oldest and longest-standing series in this great country at a track in one of the original 13 states. Just toss in the smell of brake pads, sounds of a V10 American-built motor and a hotdog and life will be great. That’s All-American!”
About knee rehab: “It’s been a long few weeks. I am certainly ready to jump in the Viper and see what happens. I had to find a balance of not over working the leg in therapy and being a slacker at the gym! It’s a tough thing to do when you want to do everything you can to get back in the racecar but everything I could do also meant not destroying the knee.”