Round 6 of the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge was an interesting race to say the least. Lime Rock a.k.a. "The Bullring" is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. It requires total focus and commitment while turning lap times around one minute in duration. This track seems to breed Mazda MX-5 success. With the tight twistiness of the track and the fact that we had no cautions in the race, the Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5's performed well.
Before the weekend even began, a group of Freedom Autosport team members and drivers were invited to visit the TRUMPF, Inc. campus in Farmington, CT. It was about an hour drive from the track and located on its own grounds with a total of 5 buildings. As soon as we walked in the doors of the first building, we were blown away by how clean, organized, and impressive the showroom and machines were presented. Truly, it is a world class facility. Further on in the tour, we were fortunate enough to see a laser in action. As we were all commenting on how quickly and precisely the laser was able to cut the assigned shapes and letters for our demonstration, we were told, "This is our lower tier laser." We all laughed and continued with the tour.
For the race weekend, over 100 TRUMPF, Inc. guests and their families were in attendance to root us on. The race did not go as smoothly as planned but we rallied back for a very hard fought 12th place finish after contact occurred early on in the race. The car was very strong and so were the other Mazda's, finishing 1, 2, 3 on the podium. A special congratulations to Stevan McAleer and Chad McCumbee on taking the pole and the win 2 years in a row!