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Lime Rock unveils 2012 schedule

LAKEVILLE — The 2012 Lime Rock Park spectator event schedule is as follows.Friday through Sunday, May 25 to 27 — Lime Rock Park’s traditional season opener, the Memorial Day race weekend, will once again be packed with top-rank sports car series races, featuring the newly revitalized SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series. The third annual Royals Car Show will be held on May 27, featuring more than 200 cars from the Tri-state area. The show will benefit local charities.Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 — The American Le Mans Series (ALMS), presented by Tequila Patron Northeast Grand Prix, will feature the fastest and “greenest” prototypes.Saturday, July 21 — The Ferrari Challenge will feature all manner of Ferraris, including Ferrari 458 Italia race cars. This challenge returned to Lime Rock last year after a four-year hiatus.Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3 — More than 300 vintage race cars will fill the grounds for Historic Festival 30. Also, the Sunday in the Park Concours will be held on Sept. 2. The honored guest will be Sir Stirling Moss. The racing on the track is nonstop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 3.Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22 — The North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (NARRC) Run-offs will feature races from dawn to dusk. SCCA drivers from New England will race in a multitude of classes, from agile formula cars and nimble sports sedans to GT-1s.Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29 — The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series championship finale, presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, may give fans the chance to witness the race that decides the driver and carmaker championships in both DP and GT. The feature race on Saturday showcases the same cars that race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The Daytona prototypes (Riley, Dallara, Lola and Coyotes, powered by BMW, Chevy, Porsche and Ford engines) do battle at the same time with GT class cars (Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Mustangs, Camaros and Mazda RX-8s). Also on tap are the “showroom stock” cars in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, where virtually every automaker is represented in the Grand Sports and Street Tuner classes.For more information, visit www.limerock.com.

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