Le Mans Series
with Corvette Corral sponsored by
Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT
30, July 1, 2006
included another venture into New Jersey, this time to install
the new wheels
and tires that Chuck Mallett donated for the new car.
was doing great...
the George Washington Bridge.
It took 1 hour to go the last 3 miles to get onto the bridge to NJ!
Paul Eggermann's Milltown home at last, we shuffled wheels and tires: I got the
new Mallett wheels with Michelins, Paul got my original polished wheels &
washing both cars, we went to Dayton Chevrolet to have both computers
the sensors in the new wheels. Paul then took the
opportunity for a photo shoot. Artist at work...
exits for home, while I continued on to Lime Rock. Thanks, Paul! Again!
Corvette's 53rd Birthday!
night in Danbury, I arrived at Lime Rock Park about 8:30.
was directed to set up right inside the entrance to the Corvette Corral.
usual table display this time. (Ask me about it sometime...)
Beretta and Ron Fellows wait their turns in practice session.
O'Connell goes by at speed; then discusses
the session with team manager Doug Fehan.
in the corral: a Z06 rolling chassis, and an "Atomic Orange" 2007.
of the pits as the teams prep for start of qualifying session.
evidence of Aston Martin's unsuccessful amphibian exercise.
An absolutely perfect day for a race!
setup in the Corral; Callaway neighbor, interesting street replicas.
of the gorgeous new Mallett wheels.
The powder coat with a light tint makes for beautiful highlights!
of Mallett, J. R. Amantea (the Corvette Kid) was there with his street/track
O'Connell, Oliver Gavin & Olivier Beretta flew by with Roc Linkov at the
Fellows visited for about 10 minutes. He knew about the campaign to buy us
new C6 and wanted to see it. Here he autographs the fuel rail cover.
Note: by ALMS rules, the
Corvettes, which had been dominating the series, were assigned
the competition more even: They had to carry 200 lb. more weight than the
they had smaller restrictors for the intake so they produced
and the carried 2.5 gallons less fuel.
scene: green, yellow, green, yellow...
and safe recovery.
crew pushing a disabled Beretta back to the garage area after his hard contact
with another car and the tire wall. #4 back out onto the track only 14 minutes
the final lap begins, Johnny O is on a mission to pass the leading Aston!
the final straight he pulled alongside the lead A-M...
is the finish line... I can't tell!!!
was so-o-o close, but not quite - .033 seconds short: about a fender!
What an incredible effort on Johnny's part!
Back home, final stats.