Drivers won’t need a traffic reporter in a helicopter, GPS system or local radio station to provide traffic reports; they will see traffic everywhere as the ALMS field heads out for the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
Lucas Luhr’s pole time was 44. 3 seconds, and leaders in the top four classes are all lapping in less than 51 seconds. That means the top prototypes expect to start lapping the slower GTC class cars by lap five.
With 33 cars on the 1.5 mile, seven turn circuit, the ability to work traffic will be an important part of the race.
The overall race leaders will literally make several hundred passes in traffic during the course of the 2-Hour 45–minute race as cars in each class bunch up in their own battles and the leaders try to scythe through.
With a hot, slick race track, five classes of cars, four different brands of tires, varying fuel levels and a mix of veteran drivers, newcomers, pros and sportsmen aboard, the variables are great and the slightest miscue can prove disastrous.
BMW’s GT pole winner John Edwards noted that he had just four clear laps in practice and qualifying. He will be lucky to get that many during the race.