497 Lime Rock Rd.,, Lime Rock, CT Phone: 860.435.5000 f.
Re-enactment of publicity stunt from 44 years ago. If you heard a rumor that a front-engined ex-NHRA dragster was coming to Lime Rock Park during the season-opening Memorial Day Trans Am event this weekend to make a run on the front straight... well, it’s true. The record-setting dragster – back in the 60s it was the quickest rail at famous Route 66 Dragway in Illinois – will run “the wrong way” up the front straight, starting in the Big Bend (Turn 1) escape road. The driver said he will run “as hard as I can” before popping the chute and getting to the brakes past the start-finish line.The demo run is going to be a near perfect re-enactment of the first time a dragster rocked Lime Rock’s valley; in 1968, just before the start of the Trans Am race, Dave Mott launched his rail from the same place on the track. He popped such a big wheelie that when the dragster came down, it broke the chassis! Denny Jacobs, from nearby Falls Village, owns the rail and races in vintage drag events up and down the East Coast. The car is capable of sub-8 second quarter-mile runs and 185 mph at the speed traps. Jacobs will make his run during the Trans Am pre-race activities on Saturday the 26th, around noontime. Saturday race-day tickets for the season-opening Trans Am race – there are six other races, too, with the first race starting at 9:40 a.m. – are $20. Veterans and active military and their families get free admission. Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York “first responders” (fire, police, EMT/EMS/ambulance drivers) are also admitted free, by going to the Will Call building and showing their ID. Parking is free, kids 12 and under are free, and paddock access is free. Call 860.435.5000 for more info, or go to limerock.com.