July 1-4, 2005
The American Le
Mans Series came
back to Lime
Rock Park, Lakeville, CT.
This was the Corvette Racing Team's C6-Rs
first race after their historic
repeat win at the
24 Hours at Le
Mans two weeks earlier!
This year the Chevy sponsored Corvette Corral
was a welcome added feature.
Sunday featured a Corvette show on the main straight
of the track. This is
separatefrom the Corvette Corral activities.
got 2 laps
around the track at the conclusion
of the show.
$234.00, part of the proceeds from the Sunday Corvette Show,
was donated by Lime Rock to the
via Corvettes Conquer Cancer.
Le Mans Series
Friday, July 1
took Friday off from work, to get the car loaded up
hooking up with Hank Vezina at the B&B we were staying in, we went on to the
track, about 25 minutes away.
It was pretty late afternoon, so there wasn't much
happening, especially because a severe thunderstorm was looming.
oriented, then got our first good look at the Cadillac CTS-V team cars that
would be in a race on Saturday.
Saturday, July 2
This is the breakfast area and the outside of
the Birch Hill B&B.
Back at the track, this is the Corvette Corral
tent sponsored by Chevrolet that would be the center of activity for the
The silver is the 2006 Z06 brought by Karen Rafferty, the new Corvette
Marketing Manager. The red Vette with the Indy 500 decals
is THE actual Pace Car that
Colin Powell drove at this Year's Indy 500. Close-up shows the strobe lights
integrated into the headrest fairings.
C6-R crew wait with their cars in the tech inspection area.
is Karen Rafferty, Corvette's new Marketing Manager. A very sharp lady, she has
been a Corvette racer for many years, and was
national SCCA ladies autocross
champion. She is also the marketing manager for the Cadillac performance cars,
so she was
switching hats (shirts, actually) here at Lime Rock. She spent a lot
of time showing off the new Z06, and her knowledge and enthusiasm
infectious! When I asked her to autograph the underside of
my hood, she insisted on signing the DRIVER'S SIDE!
Somebody caught me talking to C6-R #3 co-driver
He also autographed the driver's side under the hood.
Some scenes from the
Sunday Corvette Show on the main straight of track.
got this shot as I "drove" a radio control C6 on the track. I had 2 of
these models, covered with the autographs of all the
C6-R drivers and team
leaders, and major figures at the Corvette Plant and General Motors. These
models were auctioned off
at Maine2005 and the Nashua Fundraiser, to benefit the American
Cancer Society. Here John Fitch adds his autograph.
Gene Kozlowski of MKB installs his beautiful new license plate frame.
At the conclusion of the show, we all lined up
in 3 groups for a couple
laps around the track. The Indy Pace Car,
Buzz Nielsen from
the National Corvette Museum, led each group.
Somebody got this shot of me from atop a
stepladder as we started out onto the
track. If you look closely you can see
that I am holding a camera to the window,
taking the next shot!
Monday, July 4
Happy Birthday USA!
by our Monday setup in the Corvette Corral on the hill.
Fitch parked his Fitch Phoenix next to my Vette at our table.
Here, talking to
the signal to GO, the first 50 Corral participants to sign up wait for their
Pace Laps of the track.
Riding with Buzz Nielsen in his white Commemorative
Edition C5 is John Fitch, wearing his classic 50's vintage helmet.
spectacular weekend concluded with the American Le Mans Series race. The C6-R
team provided plenty of excitement,
with stellar pit work to patch up the #3 car
after a little "encounter" with a tire barrier and thrilling
"catch up" driving by
Johnny O allowing the team to once again finish
1-2 in the GT1 class, and a fantastic 3-4 overall.
7:15 - leaving for home.
Just past midnight, and back home again. Even
got to see some fireworks
in the distance from the Mass Pike.
Aside from the
thunderstorm Friday evening,
the weather the rest of the weekend could not have