Cindi Makes 2018 Debut at Indianapolis Trans Am Race

Aloha, Oregon, June 11, 2018 | Having endured one of the longest off-seasons of her impressive career, Cindi Lux is ready to get back on track. The Aloha, Oregon-resident now gets a chance to bring her 2018 Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli season to life with the push of the button on her No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACRX Fueled by Black Rock Coffee. When the V10 roars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this weekend, Lux will tighten the safety belts and race to the reach the world’s most famous victory lane and “kiss the bricks”.  The 100-mile Trans Am race for the TA3 class, as well as the TA and TA4 classes, on the Indy road course in Speedway, Indiana will take the green flag on Sunday June 17.

Lux Performance Group has opted to focus on a six-race Trans Am Series schedule in 2018 for Cindi. The Fred and Cindi Lux-owned operation returns with the Dodge-built Viper, which the Aloha, Oregon-based team has developed and become synonymous with since 2005. The black and red ACRX engineered by Fred will take on the 2.439-mile, 13-turn road course at Indy beginning with a test session on Friday, June 15. Running clockwise – counter the oval made famous by the Indianapolis 500 – the permanent road course utilizes large portions of the oval including nearly the whole front straightaway as well as a purpose-built infield sections. Cindi made her first laps on the track last season and has some unfinished business after mechanical gremlins forced an early retirement. 

The 42-lap, multi-class race will cover a distance of 102.06-miles with a 70-minute time limit. Official practice begins on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. ET. A 15-minute qualifying session for the 33-cars across the three classes is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Trans Am will take to the grid at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 followed by a Father’s Day green flag at 3:15 p.m. 

In 2017, Lux ran her fourth partial season in the Trans Am championship. Despite entering only a handful of the races, the 12-time road racing champion took a class victory at the VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) and won the “Cool-Shirt Cool Move of the Race Award” in the process. She took class pole position at Watkins Glen International with a track record in the Viper ACRX and made her track debut at Indianapolis. 

Continuing its history of long-term partner relationships, Lux Performance returns with Black Rock Coffee Bar in 2018. The ever-growing chain of coffee specialists has locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Idaho. Lux Performance Group and Cindi continue as ambassadors of the brand around North America helping to fulfill Black Rock’s core philosophy to “Fuel Your Story””; a campaign focused on connecting and benefiting everyone in the community with interaction and communication. Black Rock has helped “fuel” Lux’s story, and Lux theirs, since 2011.

Joining Black Rock on the No. 45 Viper will again be CoolShirt, Forgeline Wheels and MCS Shocks.

The race is the second of 2018 to be live-streamed through the Trans Am web site ( A tape-delayed broadcast of the event can be seen on the CBS Sports Network at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. in the Portland area on Sunday, July 1. 


Cindi Lux, Driver, No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACRX | About 2018 | “2018 is all about fueling our story. Lux Performance has always been about going out there, tightening the belts and putting the right foot to the floor. We’ve done some off season testing but nothing beats going head-to-head with the best in the Trans Am paddock… I have missed it. We have been testing some new parts this spring and we have yet to dial things in.  But the team has thrown the kitchen sink at the car with some changes and my fingers are crossed. I am chomping at the bit to start turning laps that mean something.”