LIME ROCK PARK HISTORY WITH IMSA STARTED 50 YEARS AGO — Petersen Automotive Museum

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Initial IMSA Winner at Lime Rock Park Bob Bailey to be honored as Grand Marshall

This July 15-16 will mark the 50th anniversary of IMSA sports motor vehicle levels of competition at Lime Rock Park – a legacy courting all the way back to 1972. Back then, Lime Rock Park was by now an proven circuit, hosting significant activities which includes SCCA’s specialist Trans Am and Formula 5000 races.

Obtaining debuted with a Components Ford race at Pocono Intercontinental Raceway in late 1969, IMSA was however the new child on the block in 1972. With IMSA launching its GT sequence in April 1971 at Virginia Worldwide Raceway, 1972 proved pivotal as sponsorship from R.J. Reynolds’ Camel brand name assisted to push the series to a new degree with Lime Rock Park hosting the Camel 200,  the fourth race of the marketing campaign, on Memorial Day.

It was a one particular-working day celebration – with apply, qualifying and racing all held on Memorial Day. Completing the invoice have been ARDC Midget races, racing on a highway study course for the final time.
The Camel GT highlighted four generation-based classes: GTO (Around 2.5 liters), GTU (Under 2.5 liters), Touring Vehicles more than 2.5 liters, and Touring Autos Below 2.5 liters. These about conformed to FIA lessons of the period.

The “Under” lessons took to the limited Lime Rock format, beating their larger-displacement counterparts in the two GT and Touring.

Bob Bailey and Jim Locke ended up the two over-all and GTU winners of the 200-mile function, driving the No. 31 Locke Loved ones Enterprises Porsche 911S. They completed 131 laps on the 1.5-mile circuit, beating the No. 49 Porsche 911S of Klaus Bytzek by a few laps.

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