Grand-Am Rolex Series - Lime Rock Park
Tuner Tools was out in force today enjoying the great weather and some even better racing at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. Below is a brief summary of the day's main events and a few pictures to match.
The Street Tuner race, held this morning, was packed with action and some amazing racing, as is always the case when Grand-Am comes to Lime Rock. Matt Plumb attacked Tom Long relentlessly during the last 10 minutes of the race, but Long managed to block Plumb turn after turn to bring himself and co-driver, Derek Whitis, their first victory of the year. Earlier in the race, Long's teammate, Andrew Carbonell made hard contact with Plumb's teammate, Owen Trinkler. The result was a rather violent, and unnecessary accident in which the number 26 Mazda was sent into a series of three or four flips at near top speed with only 12 laps left to go. This was after Carbonell's mazda had already left a race-high 39 laps. While no injuries were sustained, the wreck left plenty of angry, and worried fans on the nearby hills and reminded us all of just how dangerous this sport can be. After this incident, Long inherited the lead and brought the win home for his team. Finishing third behind Long and Plumb was Ryan Eversley in his number 75 Skunk2/HPD Honda Civic Si, a solid result for him and his teammate Bob Beede.
The Grand Sport class was dominated by BMW's today with the Rum Bum and Turner Motorsports M3's finishing first and second, respectively. Today's race marked the second victory for drivers Nick Longhi and Matt plumb in their Rum Bum M3 and their first ever victory at Lime Rock. Third place was taken by Billy Johnson and Jack Roush Jr. in their number 61 Roush Performance Products Mustang. Great racing all around, it was a joy to watch.
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