home for Memorial Day
The Farnbacher Loles Racing crew is hoping for a hometown advantage on Memorial Day, as the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. The Farnbacher Loles Group headquarters is in nearby Danbury, Conn., so the corporate staff, customers and friends will be out in full force for the Monday race. Team owner Gregory Loles will also announce details of the multi-faceted team's expansion to include a Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series entry.
"The annual visit to Lime Rock is very special for us. It allows us to entertain our clients in our backyard at this historic track," he said. "This year, we are also proud to announce our alliance with a leading KONI Challenge team, launching Farnbacher Loles' involvement in that series. In the main event, our team will be chasing Porsche's first win of the year."
Defending Rolex Series GT champion Dirk Werner of Kissenbrück, Germany, will drive the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany. Werner finished second in last year's race on the 1.53-mile road course, so he knows it well. He said the challenge of the track surface will be balanced by an all-GT-class field, with the usual series Daytona Prototype class missing this race.
"The Lime Rock race is like a home match for the team, as they have a shop not far from the track in Danbury, Connecticut. So we are all motivated to show a good performance," Werner noted. "The track looks easy on the track map, but the turns are tricky because of the changing track surface and the bumps. I'm looking forward to this race because we are racing without the prototypes. That makes it a bit easier and the GTs get more attention."
Eric Lux of Jacksonville, Fla., was also on the Rolex Series podium at Lime Rock in 2007. He is teamed this year with Leh Keen of Charleston, S.C., in the No. 86 Porsche. They're carrying the momentum of two strong races in the past month.
"I enjoy racing at Lime Rock because of the history of the circuit and the people who come out to watch the races. It is such a historic circuit, and to still be racing on it today is an awesome feeling," Lux said.
"To be honest, it is not a circuit that I really enjoy, though. My style of racing suits longer, more high-speed circuits, and Lime Rock is far from that. I have to adjust my driving style a bit to work with the circuit, but that worked for me last year when Wolf Henzler and I were able to secure a third-place finish. I am planning on approaching this year's race the same way I did last year and hope for the best."