Cindi Earns 2nd Place Finish at NOLA
The Aloha, Oregon-based operation has run a limited Trans Am series schedule in 2016 but has shown speed throughout the selection of races. The 100-mile/ 60-minute race features the great muscle and sports cars of this generation including the V10-powered American supercar that Lux Performance has become synonymous with.
Streimer took the pole position in Friday’s qualifying session driving the Fred Lux-prepared No. 42 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X. Cindi’s lap fell just shy and placed her No. 45 next to Streimer on the front row of the grid in the intensely contested class. Streimer, who has been under the teaching of the Lux for several seasons, got a great start and took the lead entering turn one. With the inside, line the stronger of the two, third-place slipped past Lux, dropping her to third for the first lap, pressed hard by Porsche in fourth-place. Streimer continued to hold the lead while the second-place BMW spun coming on the front straight. Lux moved into slot behind her teammate, the Porsche to third. Streimer had a clear view from the windshield of his red Viper while Lux had a mirror, side window and then windshield full of 911. The two battled with each taking the edge in portions of the track that benefited their particular brand. The two ran side-by-side through the quickest portions of the circuit until the rear-engine entry ran wide and spun off course bringing out a full course caution.
Restarts in sprint racing are always highlight reel material and this was no exception. While the pair of Lux machines ran one-two, the bunched field brought the fire into the fight as the green flag waved. Streimer held the lead but behind Lux found herself under an onslaught of pressing bumpers and fenders. She got hit in the rear bumper, sending her and 2 other TA3 cars off course and two other competitors were spun off course by the third-place running Vette. Lux was the first to gather her machine under control and return to the racing surface to maintain her second-place position. The two would take the checkered flag – which was also under yellow – one-two.
Cindi Lux, Driver, No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X | “Coming in from VIR, I really didn’t know what to expect at NOLA. We were beaten pretty badly in Virginia but the team never gave up. Everyone was working hard before this race to get our cars better. NOLA is a busy and bumpy track. There really is not too much time you’re steering wheel is straight! That race kind of reminded me of a Bristol NASCAR race: cars running hard and super close and a small mistake have big ramifications. You are fighting the track, your car and the competition every second of that race. Of course, there was a little light rubbing as well but it’s all part short track racing at NOLA. Steve ran a great race and deserved to win. Anytime you can come away with a team one-two finish in a series as competitive as Trans Am, it is always good way to go into the off season.”