Lime Rock Park, CT
Incredibly historic yet modern. Not a hint of a grandstand but tremendous spectator viewing. Fan friendly in the extreme. A beautiful venue – it is truly a park – even those who are not motorsports fans are familiar with Lime Rock Park.
Under Skip Barber’s stewardship, Lime Rock has been serviced by two major, multi-million dollar renovations.
The first was in 2008, when the track surface was repaved in its entirety, and a number of safety elements were brought to the latest standards. Crucially, the project was engineered specifically so as to not change any aspect of its original track design and layout; by Skip’s demand, the same tricky cambers, the same widely variable track widths and the same sinuous radii were precisely preserved. If a driver from 1957 were somehow time-machined into the future and plunked down onto Lime Rock today, he or she would find no difference in the racing line. The braking, turn-in, apex and track-out points a driver experiences today are the exact same as those Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, Skip Barber, Sam Posey and dozens of other legends navigated back in the day. The 2008 project was a remarkable accomplishment, and today it makes Lime Rock unique among its North American peers.
The second major renovation got underway in late 2014 – the Road to 60 Project. As Lime Rock prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017, millions of dollars have been invested in upgrading every part of Lime Rock that’s not the racing surface itself. All-new, fully paved paddocks. All-new paddock restrooms. All-new gardens, ponds and landscaping. All-new spectator areas, and vast improvement of the existing ones. All-new walkways, spectator fencing and signage.
In other words, thanks to the 2008 work (for the competitors) and today’s Road to 60 Project (for the fans), Lime Rock is totally the same. And totally different.
Lime Rock is unique and cannot be compared to any other track, arena or sporting venue. Its fans are loyal, vocal and knowledgeable. It delivers what it promises: Great, safe racing at an historic but modern track, in a beautiful yet easily accessible setting.
Welcome to the “new” old Lime Rock Park...