Lime Rock’s tag line is “The Road Racing Center of the East” – and it is really a fun, fast, family-friendly place to be! It’s a beautiful location and is truly “parklike”. I’m really looking forward to my second race of 2007 and the second RaceFAAN fundraiser, and I’m happy that you would like to attend. This is an amateur racing event so it will be a very low-key, family-friendly and easy event to attend, and there is no cost for spectators, even thought you have almost unlimited access to the paddock and grounds! Hopefully there will be many families there with kids (of all ages) that have food allergies, so it will be a nice chance for kids to see that there are others dealing with the same issues they are. I have already received registration requests from 25 families so I’m sure it will be a great event.
There is no prize money to the racers so we all do it for fun, but during the race we all want to do our best and put on a good show for the spectators. There should be more than 50 race cars in the BMW races, so there will be a lot of great cars to look at in the paddock and watch on the race track. Assuming the weather is nice, this should be a great event!
Please reply to this email to let me know which who will be attending, which day(s) you will attend, and if you would like your child to get a (slow) ride in a race car on Tuesday. I especially need the names and ages of all children who will get rides so I can ensure there are enough cars & people on hand to give the rides.
Here are the scheduled events for Monday 6/4 and Tuesday 6/5. Tuesday will be the only day that people can get “parade lap” rides on the track, so if you are interested in this, please let me know ahead of time so I can set them up, and please plan accordingly. Overall, I recommend coming on Tuesday as we will be doing the majority of the activities on that day. Also, you can feel free to come up early – in the morning or lunchtime – as there will always be cars on track and different sessions going on.
Monday June 4th – afternoon schedule:
Approx. 1:00 PM – Qualifying sessions
Approx. 3:00 PM – BMW Races
Tuesday June 5th – afternoon schedule:
Approx. 1:00 PM – BMW Races
Approx. 3:00 PM – “Parade Lap” rides (require prior registration with me)
What to expect when you arrive at the track:
When you get to the track gate, you will be asked to sign a waiver. If you are bringing your children you will need to sign an additional “minor release waiver” for your children. This is standard policy at all race tracks I have ever been to, and all people entering the track will need to sign. Once you enter the track, go over the bridge and follow the signs to Paddock A.
Once you get to the paddock area at the bottom of the hill, pit lane is on your left and the food stand is on the right. The food stand serves burgers, hot dogs, chicken, fries, etc. I have never asked them about their food handling policies so I would suggest you bring your own food if you have any concerns. Next to the restaurant are stairs up to the Infield Spectator Are (see the attached map). This is a great place to watch the races as you have a clear view of turns 1, 2, 3 and 4. There is also an ATM, race shop and picnic tables in this area.
My trailer will be located down further in the paddock, after you pass the main buildings on the pit straight. I have a white trailer and a red, white and blue BMW race car and will be flying an American flag with a FAAN flag below it. Please come by and say hello and check in with me so I know you’re there. You should be able to find a good place to park your car and can wander around looking at cars and talking with drivers freely. Everyone loves what they’re doing so they will all be very willing to talk and share.
It shouldn’t be too loud in the paddock or watching the races, so you likely won’t need ear protection unless you’re unusually sensitive - my 5 year old daughter has come to several races and has had no problems with it. Wear something comfortable to walk in – you will definitely spend time on your feet walking through the paddock. If you want to move around when you’re at the track to see the races from different corners, you are able to move from spectator area to spectator area at will. See the attached map for details.
Directions to and information about Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, CT):
Lime Rock Park is a 1.6 mile long road racing course with 7 turns. It is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the “Road Racing Center of the East.” It features a ½ mile front straightaway, the famous left-hander/right-hander combination, and an “Uphill” and “Diving” turns that test a driver’s skill and courage. There are good directions to the track on the Lime Rock website at http://www.limerock.com/ . The track is located in the Northwest corner of CT, and is accessible from all directions – click on this link to get directions from the Lime Rock website: http://www.limerock.com/content/track-directions
Click on this link to get directions from your address to the track via Mapquest:
Donations to FAAN
While this is a completely free event and no donation is necessary, any and all donations to FAAN are appreciated. I will be conducting a raffling off shirts, hats, sweatshirts and a number of other things that have been donated by HMS Motorsport, VAC Motorsports, Turner Motorsports, The TireRack and other organizations.
If you would like to make a donation please bring a check and make it out to FAAN, or feel free to donate through the FAAN website, and please make sure to put “RaceFAAN” in the comments box when making your donation. Anyone who donates will be entered automatically in the raffle/drawings for the different items. Please see http://www.racefaan.com/ for more information on the RaceFAAN program or to see the fundraising progress. Thank you for your participation and support!
If you have any questions any time between now and the event, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell phone at 617-797-6222. I look forward to seeing you and your family at Lime Rock!