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Rebel Rock Racing Captures Second-Row Start at Lime Rock

Rebel Rock Racing Captures Second-Row Start at Lime Rock

20.07.2019: Andrew Davis posted the third-fastest time in Friday’s Grand Sport qualifying at Lime Rock Park, giving Rebel Rock Racing a second-row start for Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120, the sixth


Andrew Davis posted the third-fastest time in Friday’s Grand Sport qualifying at Lime Rock Park, giving Rebel Rock Racing a second-row start for Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120, the sixth race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season.
 


Davis turned a quickest lap of 54.103-seconds in the No. 71 Urban Grid Solar/MVP Capital Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R that will be co-driven by Robin Liddell, winner of the most recent Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
 


Davis is filling in for regular Rebel Rock Racing driver Frank DePew, who had a scheduling conflict prevent him from competing at Lime Rock this weekend.
 


The Connecticut circuit has been the site of some intense summer heat, with race day anticipation for more of the same, putting crews, drivers, and cars to the test.
 


“I knew I would have to dig and find some time and in this extreme heat, it was about finding the peak of the tire,” Davis said. “It wasn’t quite enough for the pole, but very close. I’m proud of the Rebel Rock crew and how hard they worked to put us up front, I’m glad to be here.”
 


Liddell turned in the fastest lap of the day, leading the opening practice with a lap of 53.608-seconds. The team also led Friday afternoon’s third session in preparation for the two-hour race on the 1.478-mile circuit.
 


“We’ve been working on a general lack of grip,” said Davis. “Throughout the day, we worked on a lot of little changes and that helped. We made the car better step by step, and it was a confidence builder to put it P1 in final practice.”
 


Practice was run in 90-degree heat, with temperatures expected to approach triple digits on Saturday.
 


“We train for this heat, but it’s still like a punch in the face when you get in there,” Davis said. “It’s not pleasant, but we’re out there racing and it’s what we do. Robin and I have been through this before so hopefully that will help us. The track is so warm that the tires struggle as well, so it’s going to be a battle for two hours, like it always is here at the bull ring.”


 
The victory at CTMP was only one week after Rebel Rock Racing had a breakthrough fifth-place finish at Watkins Glen International, where Davis joined DePew and Liddell for the four-hour race.
 


 “The confidence is high here,” Davis said. “We needed the shot in the arm from Watkins Glen, with a nice solid performance and a top-five. Then to get that awesome victory at CTMP, you can see the difference in the team. Everyone is fighting harder, pushing harder – they’re winners! We want to keep that momentum going. It’s great to see the progress as someone who can step back. Everything is more precise and that’s what it takes to win at this level. I’m so proud of Robin, Frank and the entire team.”


 
Rebel Rock Racing will look to continue that momentum when the Lime Rock Park 120 takes the green flag at 11:10 a.m. ET on Saturday.


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20.07.2019 / MaP

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