Lime Rock Park hosting New England regionals this weekend – Torrington Register Citizen

Lime Rock Park hosting New England regionals this weekend – Torrington Register Citizen

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The Sports Car Club of America holds a special spot in Lime Rock Park history. Having been a part of that history from day one, 2022 marks the 65th anniversary of SCCA events as the track prepares to host the SCCA New England Region on June 24-25.
The Sports Car Club of America holds a special spot in Lime Rock Park history. Having been a part of that history from day one, 2022 marks the 65th anniversary of SCCA events as the track prepares to host the SCCA New England Region on June 24-25.
LAKEVILLE — The Sports Car Club of America will hold its annual SCCA New England Region gathering at Lime Rock Park, June 24-25.
“Lime Rock Park is well established in the trinity of legendary road racing circuits in North America. Wisconsin’s Road America – which opened in 1955 – along with California’s Laguna Seca and Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park, both opened in 1957, are among the oldest continuously operated road racing circuits in the U.S.,” according to track officials. “However, only Lime Rock’s circuit remains exactly the same after 65 years.”
After the original track owner Jim Vaill transformed the former lime rock pit into Lime Rock Park, the SCCA held the track’s inaugural event on April 20, 1957. Billed as an SCCA drivers school, the track had to be re-paved after 152 cars tore it up during testing,” according to a statement.
“It took three days and every dump truck in the area to fix the asphalt surface, but still the program ran on schedule. A crowd of 6,660 watched 10 races made-up of a mix of the G-Production and MG classes,” the statement continued. “Ted Sprigg, driving an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and Charles ‘Skip’ Callanan, driving an MG TC, were the first recorded winners on the challenging 1.5-mile circuit.”
Two months later, in the SCCA national championship race, Carroll Shelby lapped the field to win the championship. He would be named Driver of the Year by “Sports Illustrated” in 1956 and 1957.
Ten years later, Peter Revson held off Mark Donohue in the first SCCA Trans-Am Series race at Lime Rock.
The SCCA format offers every kind of race car imaginable, from mostly stock sedans and sports cars to formula cars of every type making the competition close and exciting, organizers said.
Friday will feature practice and qualifying from all classes with Saturday including a full day of competition from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a lunch break around noon.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate
For tickets and information, go to https://limerock.com/

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