Post card from Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park

First race of the season (and ironically possibly last as there are so few events at Lime Rock this year) got off to a wonderful yet traditionally wet start. I have completed my first visit to Lime Rock Park for the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship race this Memorial Day weekend. It was low key, but generally good, I have nothing but praise for the way everything went.

Though I brought my GoPro with me I played by the rules and didn’t even take it out of my bag all weekend. Perhaps it’s unfortunate since there were a few moments where I could have shot some nice videos for the Marshal Cam project including doing an on track interview of a fellow marshal. But between the schedule and the often heavy rain it didn’t happen. None of the dickheads that gave me a hard time over using photo/video equipment before were actually present for this weekend, we were so short on marshals that even the flag chief was manning a station at the start line of which I’m very jealous. But I’m glad that the region has hired some new help to work Lime Rock events so perhaps once the cancer that was spread by the stubborn old farts before results in a change of attitude of why we participate at these events. Based on what I saw things went exceptionally well, so more of that in the future, please!

I was lucky to work turn 1 for Friday’s practice which allowed me to flag a number of exciting spin offs and contacts with the tire wall in the runoff. But the real highlight of my trip was working the Uphill station on race day. I had never seen so many cars, go wheels up on practically every lap, and somehow not crash upon landing. The Porsche GT3 Cup was fantastic to watch. And we had a troop of photographers constantly with us snapping away. Some placed themselves in a rather dangerous position next to the ARMCO at the likely point of impact. Few of them got sprayed by dust from the cars that inevitably hit the patch of dirt before recovering and continuing on with their race. But it makes me wonder whether people think about the outcome… when a Porsche 911 GT3 or any other car for that matter has it’s front wheels up in the air, it effectively has NO steering. How could they feel they are safe at an impact zone?

At any rate, I had fun. Got to test my Coleman tent before the trip to Europe. Snapped a few pics of myself to keep the memories, so I’m happy. Hopefully Lime Rock brings some more good racing back to this track. We lost ALMS and Grand-Am, and all we are left with is a watered down version of the old Grand-Am support race. Oh well!

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