In his most recent column for Motorsport.com, Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen commented on the difficulty of the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Circuit and the team’s bittersweet double podium at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Magnussen says Lime Rock requires a lot of attention as the track’s tight confines make traffic management a constant. The IMSA WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship’s Prototype class won’t be present there this weekend, but the series will still pack 32 cars on the small Connecticut track.
“There is no time to relax at Lime Rock,” Magnussen writes. “It is really going to be an ‘elbows up’ race where you are going to have to get stuck in and push as hard as you can.”
The Danish racing driver is also expecting the GTLM and Prototype Challenge cars to be fairly evenly matched, which should compound with the small track to make for interesting traffic management.
“The PC class cars should have an overall lap time that is faster than the GTLM cars, but there are going to be places here where the GTLM cars will actually be quicker,” he writes.
Magnussen also commented on Corvette Racing’s outing to Mosport in Canada earlier this month, where the No. 3 Corvette C7.R finished second. The team was of course happy with the result, but after leading much of the race, Magnussen and fellow No. 3 C7.R driver Antonio Garcia couldn’t help but feel a little dejected.
“After the last few races if somebody had told Antonio Garcia and I we could have the pole, lead a bunch of laps and finish on the podium at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park we would have jumped at the chance.
“But being the racers we are, we couldn’t help but walk away being a little bit disappointed not to get back to Victory Lane.”
Be sure to read Magnussen’s full column over at Motorsport.com. By the way, the Magnussen and teammates Garcia, Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin will take to the track for the 2016 Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock park this Saturday at 3:05 p.m.