Lime Rock Park

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Lime Rock Park
Road Racing Center of the East
Lime Rock Park
Track layout
LocationLakeville, Connecticut, USA
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
OwnerSkip Barber
OperatorSkip Barber
Broke ground1955
Opened1957
Major eventsAmerican Le Mans Series
Northeast Grand Prix
Rolex Sports Car Series
Lime Rock Grand Prix
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Turns7
Lap record43.112 seconds (P. J. Jones, Eagle Mk. III-Toyota, 1993, GTP)
Lime Rock Park Race Track
Area325.2 acre
Built1956
Architectural styleOther, Race track
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #08001380[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 16, 2009
 
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Lime Rock Park
Road Racing Center of the East
Lime Rock Park
Track layout
LocationLakeville, Connecticut, USA
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
OwnerSkip Barber
OperatorSkip Barber
Broke ground1955
Opened1957
Major eventsAmerican Le Mans Series
Northeast Grand Prix
Rolex Sports Car Series
Lime Rock Grand Prix
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Turns7
Lap record43.112 seconds (P. J. Jones, Eagle Mk. III-Toyota, 1993, GTP)
Lime Rock Park Race Track
Area325.2 acre
Built1956
Architectural styleOther, Race track
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #08001380[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 16, 2009


Lime Rock Park is a natural-terrain motor-sport road-racing venue located in Lime Rock, Connecticut, United States, a hamlet in the town of Salisbury, Connecticut, in the state’s north-west corner. The track is owned by Skip Barber, a former race car driver who started the Skip Barber Racing School in 1975.

Track[edit]

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 Chevy to measure the track length—and 1.53 was taken as gospel. Following the 2008 reconstruction (see below), Lime Rock's operations people measured all four possible configurations, and as it turns out, each was 1.5-miles long, plus or minus a few hundred feet. The "classic" configuration is 7 turns, while the three optional layouts are 8, 9 and 10 turns, respectively.

History[edit]

Two years after the park first opened in 1957 the Lime Rock Protective Association, with support from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church,[2] took the park to Litchfield Superior Court in an effort to ban Sunday racing. The court issued a permanent injunction against Sunday racing and its decision was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court. Although park officials have expressed a desire to return to limited Sunday racing, the injunction stands to this day.[3]

The track was also the home track of Paul Newman, who supported his own Newman-Haas team with Bob Sharp.[4]

The Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series used a configuration which included the chicane at turn five and West Bend.

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Coordinates: 41°55′40″N 73°23′01″W / 41.927688°N 73.383599°W / 41.927688; -73.383599