Trans Am Returns To Lime Rock with Sheehan and LTK Ready for Round 4
May 20, 2019
BOW, N.H. - May 20, 2019 - The return of Trans Am to Lime Rock Park this Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the season at the historic New England circuit as America’s definitive road racing series continues to spread it wings across the iconic motorsports facilities of the United States. After trekking out to California earlier this month, Round 4 taking place on May 25 of the 2019 Trans Am presented by Pirelli season sees the Bow, New Hampshire based Damon Racing LTK Insulation Technologies team make the relatively short, 200-mile journey southwest from the granite state to Lakeville, Connecticut where it’s fair to say they are due a change of luck.
Since Sheehan switched from running a Chevrolet Camaro in 2018 to, this year, a Ford Mustang, Damon Racing has been consistently posting top ten times in the incredibly competitive and crowded TA2 class field, qualifying at Laguna Seca in 9th place out of 27 cars in a time of 1:32:390. A mechanical failure forced out his chances of a top ten finish there when running in 7th place. As the team and driver continue to get to know the car they’ll be hoping for a different result closer to home. Tom talked fondly of what is effectively a local track to him and the challenge it represents as the team heads to Lime Rock Park.
"It’s been a few years since TA2 has been home to race at Lime Rock,” stated Tom Sheehan, driver of the No. 97 LTK Insulation Technologies Ford Mustang. “It is always great to come home. I was racing here early in my career, returning with Grand Am, Trans Am and to be back in 2019, gives me a lot of confidence. The way around Lime Rock; it’s a great bull ring, no rest. A total momentum track. It’s a very rewarding track to drive. It’s spring in New England, scenic Lime Rock, fans on the hill, lots of action on the track. It’s a short tow for us and we’re sure to run into lots of old friends. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I am confident TA2 will put on a great show!"
The 1.53-mile Lime Rock track was originally conceived of in 1956 by Jim Vaill, who, along with John Fitch and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, built the track utilizing state-of-the-art road and highway safety principles of the time. For years the track was listed as being 1.53 miles in length—the story goes that right after it was built, somebody used the odometer in a Chevrolet to measure the track length—and 1.53 was taken as gospel. Following the 2008 reconstruction (see below), Lime Rock's operations staff measured all four possible configurations, and as it turns out, each was 1.5 miles long, plus or minus a few hundred feet. The IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship gives the distance of the track as 1.474 miles. A field of 20 cars are entered for the 100 mile, 67 lap or 65 minute TA2 class race powered by AEM Infinity is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, May 25, with testing and qualifying all taking place on Friday. The Trans Am races are the feature events on a gala weekend of historic motorsports at Lime Rock which is sure to prove hugely popular with fans.
Go ahead and can keep up with Trans Am driver Tom Sheehan on social media – Facebook page is Damon Racing; Instagram is TomSheehanTA97 and Twitter give us a follow @TomTA2_97. For more information on LTK Insulation Technologies please visit the website online at https://ltkinsulationtechnologies.com/.
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