Sheehan and LTK Insulation Technologies Team’s Start Curtailed at Lime Rock Park
May 29, 2023
Lakeville, CONNECTICUT – May 29, 2023 – For the first time in 62 days, the Big Machine Spiked Coolers TA2 Series returned for high speed, close quarters racing with the Trans-Am Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park for Round 4 of the 2023 season.
Between the prior race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and Saturday’s 66-lap race at Lime Rock, Tom Sheehan and his No. 97 LTK Insulation Technologies Damon Racing Ford Mustang team were hard at work, preparing for their busiest stretch of the season like an LTK Pro-Fit Insulation Jacket protecting a home’s in-line pipes against the harsh elements.
Following a productive media day session on Wednesday, Tom and his diligent crew worked ardently on the No. 97 on Friday afternoon. After posting a P22 fast time, Tom qualified in 26th in a crowded field of 36 entries at this staple sports car race in the Berkshires.
The team elected to take four tires and go to the rear of the 36 car field ultimately firing off in the 32nd starting position for the 45 lap feature race.
Despite starting from the 32nd position, Tom bided his time, posting competitive lap times mirroring those running in the top 15. By all means, Tom was in position to make a charge inside the top 20 with the reliance and strength prevalent with an LTK Fast Fit Insulation Jacket.
As Tom worked his way into Turn 3 on Lap 16, infamously known as The Left Hander, the New Hampshire racer was involved in an accident with a lap car suffering heavy front end damage. Subsequent contact and collision occurred as the field attempted to navigate the stricken race car crippled on track. This resulted in the race’s first full course caution.
“It's a disappointing day, we put ourselves in a tough situation with a poor performance in limited track time. Not a great result, it’s what we have to overcome, take our experience here and hone up on what we require to improve our game. We have a couple days in the shop with Detroit on the horizon, the team is going to have to make some sacrifices from family and friends, we reaped what we sewed. It’s discouraging, have to step it up.”
Tom’s steady efforts ended in an eventful race won by Thomas Merrill, the reigning TA2 Series champion and fellow Mike Cope Racing teammate. While Tom and his No. 97 LTK Insulation Technologies team’s afternoon in Lime Rock Park ended early, he looks forward to a doubleheader weekend at the Detroit Street Course for Rounds 5 and 6 of the TA2 season.
The former Ironman racer heads to the Motor City in Michigan, preparing for the 1.7-mile, 10-turn street course starting on Friday, June 2, with the first practice session from 9:50 a.m. ET to 10:20 a.m. ET and the second practice session from 1 to 1:30 p.m. ET.
Qualifying is set from 8:15 a.m. ET to 8:45 a.m. ET followed by Race No. 1 of the weekend from 10:35 a.m. ET to 11:35 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 3. Then, Race No. 2 of the doubleheader is slated from 11 a.m. ET to 12:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4.
This year, Trans Am races are available for live streaming on Trans Am and SpeedTour’s YouTube channels with full playbacks immediately available after the race. Also, the races can be seen in edited, 60-minute features broadcasted on MAVTV’s Thursday night primetime slot at 8 p.m. ET.
Follow Tom’s social media channels via his Facebook page, Damon Racing, Instagram account, TomSheehanTA97, and Twitter account, TomTA2_97. Additionally, for more information on LTK Insulation Technologies and the line of high quality products, please visit https://ltkinsulationtechnologies.com.
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