Lites: Lime Rock race two notes
Pecorari, McBreen and Spicer repeat during Lime Rock Race ...
Pecorari, McBreen and Spicer repeat during Lime Rock Race #2
Lakeville, CT (July 1, 2006) - While the end result turned out to be the same as the first IMSA Lites race at Lime Rock Park, the process of getting there was quite different. Under sunny skies and increasingly hot temperatures, Adam Pecorari, Dan McBreen and Richard Spicer won what was perhaps the best IMSA Lites race to date.
With the lush, rolling hillsides of Lime Rock packed with enthusiastic spectators enjoying the 4th of July weekend, many intense battles throughout the field made for a very interesting race. At the start, Pecorari assumed his familiar position at the head of the field, but Eric Vassian, benefiting from a bold move on the start overtook two cars as he moved his L2 car into second place overall. For several laps he was able to match or beat Pecorari's time despite being in a slightly slower L2 car. The pair traded fast laps back and forth, but Vassian was never able to pull his West WR1000 close enough to attempt a pass for the overall lead.
As the leaders began encountering lapped cars, race one winner, Dan McBreen, quietly reduced the gap to Vassian before timing the traffic perfectly and slipped past his PVM Motorsports teammate. The race was briefly slowed by a quick full course caution, but Vassian, who set the fastest lap of the race at 55.248 seconds, was unable to mount a challenge to McBreen as Pecorari eased to a 2.1 second victory.
"We made a lot of changes to the car after the first race just to try some stuff and we learned a lot about the car," Pecorari said. "We've had a big push all weekend, but we got rid of it and got a big loose! The Hankook tires were great, we ran the same set the whole weekend, so we probably had 70-80 laps on them, but I was still able to set my fastest lap of the race on the last lap of the race."
"I'm absolutely exhausted, it was hard to catch your breath out there," said McBreen. "Eric was flying, but we were catching a group of cars so I just laid back and timed it right to get past him as he got held up. I'd like to thank PVM Motorsports, West Race Cars, my wife Ania and my daughter Maura for all of their support."
In the L3 class, Richard Spicer continued on to score his second victory of the day and his fourth in a row in his Van Diemen DP-06. Behind Spicer, Charlie Shears and Chris Funk engaged in a fine battle for second place with Shears eventually taking the position.
"My race was pretty uneventful, I could see Chris (Funk) in my mirrors, so I put my head down and ran hard for a couple of laps to get further ahead," Spicer said. "I was able fix my braking issue from the first race by adjusting the brake bias and the car was really good. Thanks to Hankook Tires, Hagerman Race Engineering, Race Technology USA and Formula Motorsports for everything they do."
The next round of the IMSA Lites Championship presented by Hankook will take place August 17 - 20 at Road America in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series.