First IMSA Winner at Lime Rock Park Bob Bailey to be honored as Grand Marshall
This July 15-16 will mark the 50th anniversary of IMSA sporting activities motor vehicle competition at Lime Rock Park – a legacy courting all the way again to 1972. Back again then, Lime Rock Park was previously an founded circuit, internet hosting big activities including SCCA’s professional Trans Am and System 5000 races.
Getting debuted with a Components Ford race at Pocono Worldwide Raceway in late 1969, IMSA was nevertheless the new kid on the block in 1972. With IMSA launching its GT series in April 1971 at Virginia Global Raceway, 1972 proved pivotal as sponsorship from R.J. Reynolds’ Camel brand served to press the series to a new amount with Lime Rock Park internet hosting the Camel 200, the fourth race of the campaign, on Memorial Day.
It was a just one-day event – with apply, qualifying and racing all held on Memorial Working day. Completing the invoice were ARDC Midget races, racing on a road class for the closing time.
The Camel GT featured four creation-centered classes: GTO (In excess of 2.5 liters), GTU (Below 2.5 liters), Touring Cars above 2.5 liters, and Touring Cars and trucks Under 2.5 liters. These roughly conformed to FIA courses of the period.
The “Under” courses took to the limited Lime Rock structure, beating their bigger-displacement counterparts in both GT and Touring.
Bob Bailey and Jim Locke had been equally all round and GTU winners of the 200-mile celebration, driving the No. 31 Locke Relatives Enterprises Porsche 911S. They completed 131 laps on the 1.5-mile circuit, beating the No. 49 Porsche 911S of Klaus Bytzek by three laps.