A Brief History of the Track itself.

The 1.53-mile Lime Rock track was originally conceived of in 1956 by Jim Vaill, who, along with John Fitch and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, built the track utilizing state-of-the-art road and highway safety principles of the time. The first race, a mix of G-Production class and an MG class, was held on April 28, 1957. The winner of the G-Production was Ted Sprigg in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The winner of the MG class was Charles Callanan in an MG TC. In 1959, Lime Rock hosted the Little Le Mans race, won by Charles Callanan and Roger Penske in a Fiat Abarth. In 2008, the track was re-paved and two new corner complexes were added.

The track has a loyal following, though it did face some resistance from the local community shortly after it opened. In 1959, the Lime Rock Protective Association, with support from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church, took the park to Litchfield Superior Court in an effort to ban Sunday racing. The court issued a permanent injunction against Sunday racing, and its decision was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court. While restrictive, the carefully crafted injunction was also enabling. It preserved the track's right to conduct unmuffled sports car racing on Fridays and Saturdays, plus testing on Tuesdays and other operating benefits. The injunction stands to this day.

The track has featured many well-known racers including Paul Newman, who supported his own Newman-Haas team with Bob Sharp,[6] Mario Andretti, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, and Mark Donohue.[3] Other racers have included Parnelli Jones, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, and Tom Cruise.

The Rolex Sports Car Series, American Le Mans Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have used a configuration which included the chicane at turn five and West Bend.

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Located in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut, Lime Rock Park not only provides a picturesque location for race fans to enjoy but it's easy to get to. The Park is located between Boston and New York City and is easy to access from all points in the Northeast. Plan your route in advance, using the following information:

Lime Rock Park has three points of entry. During major events, spectators may enter through the Main entrance at 60 White Hollow Road or the Outfield entrance on Lime Rock Road, just west of the Track Office entrance. The Track Office address is for general business purposes such as regular mail delivery, business appointments and general inquiries. Will Call, Registration and Guest Services are located at the Main entrance. Use the Main entrance for general track events.

Please Note: As a courtesy to local residents, please use the main roads to access Lime Rock Park. Haulers and larger trucks should especially access the track on main routes as the roads in Northwest Connecticut are narrow and windy. Please obey the posted speed limits!

Be Advised: Large Trucks, Rigs, Campers and Trailers are banned from using the Taconic Parkway and the Saw Mill Parkway. Find your best way to I-84 or I-684 North to Route 22 North.

General Parking:

General parking is free during major spectator events. Free parking is located in the Outfield at the Outfield Entrance on Lime Rock Road or Light’s Field at the Main Entrance on White Hollow Road. During Race Days, free golf cart shuttles run on a continuous loop for those who need a lift from the parking areas. Handicapped Parking is available in the Infield for special permitted vehicles.

Guaranteed Infield Parking:

On Race Days, Guaranteed Infield Parking (G.I.P.) passes are available – regardless of when you arrive – for a fee of $25. G.I.P. must be purchased in advance and will often become sold out. A special car mirror hang tag will be given to everyone who purchases G.I.P. Passes must be purchased in advance and are available online at www.tickets.limerock.com.

Specialty Parking:

If you own a special car or motorcycle, you may be eligible to park in the Specialty Parking Area of the Infield. These parking spaces are not guaranteed as are selected by on-site staff on a first-come, first-serve basis

Car Corrals:

During the three major spectator events, special marques or brands such as Corvette, Porsche or Mazda have special car corral parking areas in the Infield. At times, Car Corrals will be sponsored by the automaker. Car Corrals are fun, exciting owner-gatherings that the rest of the Lime Rock fans also enjoy! Usually, the first 50 or so Car Corral arrivals are scheduled for a Parade Lap too! Car Corral parking passes must be purchased in advance and are available online at www.tickets.limerock.com

more information, call the Track Office at (860) 435-5000 during normal business hours.

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