Cindi Lux Wins From Class Pole Position at Brainerd Raceway

Brainerd, Minnesota, July 6, 2015 – Lux Performance Group came into Sunday’s “Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic” sports car race looking for a little luck. The Aloha, Oregon-based professional race preparation and engineering group found just what it was looking for at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) as lead driver Cindi Lux (Aloha, Oregon) drove from the Trans Am Series’ TA3i class pole position to victory lane! Showing the overall team effort, trailing just off the rear-wing of Lux’s No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X in both qualifying and the 100-mile race was Sherwood, Oregon’s Steve Streimer in the No. 42 Lux entry. It was the first one-two finish for the team this season. Lux Performance, once a regular on the main stages of professional sports car racing, returned to the national scene for a limited number of races this year in anticipation of a full-season, championship attack in 2016.

For Streimer, it was his second trip to the Trans Am class podium having won his debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) early in the season. For Lux, the 12-time road racing champion, the drought has been longer. With only a handful of races on the schedule to begin with, Lux was forced to miss the HMS-race with a torn meniscus in her left knee. The following race, an extremely rare engine issue caused her to miss taking the green flag at Lime Rock Park on Memorial Day weekend. However, Independence Day weekend and the classic Minnesota track seemed to be the perfect match for breaking away from the cloud that had hovered over her.

From the opening test session on Friday, July 3, the Fred Lux-led program had the 2.5-mile, 12-turn BIR facility well sorted. The pair of V10-powered, American-built supercars were at the top of the speed charts each day including taking both spots on the front row of the class grid in Saturday qualifying. The race itself was more of the same as Lux took the early lead but Streimer brought the red No. 42 around the black 45 in the opening minutes. That order did not hold long before Lux retook the top spot and maintained it for the remainder of the 40-lap race.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Lux-Streimer, one-two finish on Saturday, July 25 at Noon Eastern Standard Time.

Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “Brainerd is crazy and its party animal race fans are a very close second to Sebring’s. These people know how to celebrate the July Fourth holiday! We worked very hard at finding speed that would endure the hot and slippery track for 75-minute race. That was our main focus all weekend and it paid off for both cars.”

Cindi Lux: “When you run the three classes together, it is survival! You have to be methodical and smart. There is a lot of racecraft here. I really enjoy that. It brings it back to the people… the crew did an incredible job all weekend! Absolutely amazing! This is one of those races where I feel really good about my driving. Brainerd is a fantastic place to race! Heck, it’s just a fantastic place to come and hang out! It was nuts with the fans. I’m impressed. I can’t wait to get back!”