Lux Performance Travels to Minnesota Looking For “Lady Luck”
Surprisingly, team leader Cindi Lux will be visiting the track for the first time. It is strange for the 12-time road racing champion to have not competed at a track before. Learning the new track is the first, and quickly tamed, issue. Finding the final tenths of a second to play with the “big boys” in the championship who are familiar with the venue is harder feat.
The ultra-prepared and professional team headed by Fred Lux (Aloha, Oregon) does not usually suffer from a bout of bad luck. However, upon returning to national competition with an eye towards a full Trans Am championship run in 2016, the team’s Vipers seem to be snake-bit. Since that HMS victory neither Lux nor Streimer – who scored the debut TA3i class race victory in the No. 42 – has seen the podium. The trial has been even harder on Lux herself who missed the team’s Florida season-opener with a torn meniscus in her left knee. Rehab returned her for race two at Lime Rock but a rare engine problem kept her out of the feature. In the team’s SCCA “June Sprints” weekend at Road America two weeks ago, Streimer took an impressive top-five but Lux had the same dark cloud floated above her and did not finish the race.
Coming to the 2.5-mile, 12-turn BIR facility is a shot at redemption. Trans Am has a long history at Brainerd and, despite the fact that the Northwest-based team is new to the series and seeing the track for the first time, Lux Performance hopes to draw from that tradition on America’s Independence Day weekend. If it can, it will be doing so in front of a nationwide audience. The race will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Saturday, July 25, Noon Eastern Standard Time.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “It will be interesting to come back to Brainerd, I haven’t been here in 28 years. Things have come a long way since I worked for Team Mitsubishi and raced the SCCA Coors Racetruck Challenge series back in 1987. It will be neat to see all the upgrades to the facility. I know these Dodge Vipers are going to spank those old stock trucks we raced here in the ‘80s.”
Cindi Lux: “I need to find out where Lady Luck is hiding and get to the bottom of why she is pissed off at me this year! Most folks call this kind of year ‘character building’ but I think this will show others we never give up. I have the best equipment and car prep in the industry so it’s my job to do the rest on the track. I just need to lose this silly black cloud that seems to be following me this year. On the light side of things, I am still carrying my rookie status going into Brainerd this week which is fun. I kind of dig older, bumpy tracks that have a lot of personality. It will also be fun to see how quickly Steve adapts to this old style racetrack too. ”
Steve Streimer: “Having never been to Brainerd, I am not sure what to expect. Now, when I think Brainerd, I think ice fishing, Paul Bunyan, minus 40-degree temperatures and of course the Minnesotan dialect. I’m pretty sure in the future when I think of Brainerd I’ll think of racing the number 42 Viper! Am I ready for this race? You betcha!”
Cindi Back Behind the Wheel After Intensive Knee Rehab
At only 1.5-miles and seven-turns, Lime Rock Park may not be the most complex race circuit, the most technically challenging or even the most physically demanding, but it’s intense. INTENSE! Lux and Streimer will have their work cut out for them. The Lime Rock track is tight. It is the closest thing to a Saturday night short track “bull ring” that sports car racers get in this country. A lap is blindingly quick and the seven-turns come neatly packed into the back section of the track with the speed coming from the long pit lane straightaway. It requires significant mental focus over the course of Saturday afternoon’s 75-minute/67-lap, Next Dimension 100. Any let down of mental attention in the field of 25 TA/TA3 class cars could result in a lost position… or worse. For both Lux and Streimer, this will be the first visit to the Northeast’s historic track. Both have been heavily involved in learning the ins-and-outs as best they can through simulators, online video and conversation with other drivers.
For 12-time road racing champion Cindi Lux, the trip to Lime Rock also carries the weight of her first time competitively in a racecar since 2014. The former Dodge/Mopar and SRT factory driver was ready to join her teammate/student Streimer at the team’s season-opener in Homestead-Miami earlier this year when she tore the meniscus in her left knee. Extensive rehab – every day for over four hours a day – resulted in her return for this weekend’s race. No easy task and one that has impressed her doctors and trainers. The return shows Lux’s passionate desire to compete.
For Streimer, the rookie driver making his first foray into professional motorsports this year, the weekend is an exciting to return as well. In his Trans Am debut at Homestead, he took the Lux Performance-prepped No. 42 to the TA3i class race victory. The strong performance came with heavy team support, the engineering expertise of veteran Fred Lux and over the phone coaching from Cindi. Streimer drove masterfully to capture the team’s first Trans Am victory in its first attempt.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Next Dimension 100 at Lime Rock Park on Saturday, June 6, beginning at Noon, Eastern Time. Live timing and scoring is available at www.GoTransAm.com.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “I haven’t been to Lime Rock in probably twenty years so it’ll be like going for the first time for me. Neither of our drivers has ever even set foot in the place so we’ll have our hands full with a couple of rookies. This track reminds me of an old school, bullring style of racing. Really, Bristol is the Lime Rock of stock car racing. It’s a balance of being aggressive but also showing patience and maturity as well. Can that happen with a couple of first-timers?”
About racing at Lime Rock: “I can’t think of a better way to spend Memorial Day Weekend than racing in one of the oldest and longest-standing series in this great country at a track in one of the original 13 states. Just toss in the smell of brake pads, sounds of a V10 American-built motor and a hotdog and life will be great. That’s All-American!”
About knee rehab: “It’s been a long few weeks. I am certainly ready to jump in the Viper and see what happens. I had to find a balance of not over working the leg in therapy and being a slacker at the gym! It’s a tough thing to do when you want to do everything you can to get back in the racecar but everything I could do also meant not destroying the knee.”
Cindi Lux Forced To Take A Knee
Homestead, Florida, April 8, 2015 – Anyone that knows Cindi Lux knows that it would be easier to stop a Dodge Viper ACR-X with a pretty smile than it would be to keep the 12-time road racing champion out of a racecar. However, this morning, the Aloha, Oregon-based professional race driver is being forced to announce her withdrawal from Sunday’s 100-mile Trans Am Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). Lux was scheduled to debut the black No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X in the race but a knee injury sustained late last month manifested itself on Monday requiring emergency medical attention and forcing Lux to forgo the trip east as well as her series and track debut this weekend.
The extent of and strategy to repair Lux’s injury is still being assessed. However, doctors warned any use of the injured knee would lead to further aggravation and an even more elongated recovery period. Therefore, Lux will begin an intense physical rehabilitation program, which it is hoped will shorten her time out of the car significantly. But surgery is still an option being considered. The change of plans will in no way impact team driver Steve Streimer’s participation in the race driving the No. 42 Lux Performance Group Viper ACR-X.
More details of Lux’s progress as well as plans for her return to the cockpit will be announced as information becomes available.
Cindi Lux: “I am just heartbroken! My disappointment is beyond description. We had been targeting this weekend for more than six months. Everyone in the Lux Performance Group was ready to race. Unfortunately, my knee decided to alter our plans some. I know the team’s on-track performance is in good hands with Steve (Streimer) and the crew is the best in the paddock. I’ll be rooting for the Lux Performance guys to go out and kick butt down in Homestead while I am back here sitting on mine in Oregon! I’ll be back soon, I can promise you that!”
Veteran Racer Cindi Lux to Make Trans Am Debut
Lux Performance Group, LLC, a leading motorsports and automotive preparation shop in the Northwest with a long history of championship winning race programs, will take an exploratory step back into professional motorsports with a two-car program in four Trans Am Series races beginning in April at Homestead Miami Speedway. Additionally, the team’s pair of Dodge Viper ACR-X will contend for top honors in several of the Sports Car Club Of America’s (SCCA) major events including the June Sprints at Road America. Team lead and veteran road racing champion Cindi Lux will pilot one of the V10-powered American supercars while up-and-coming driver Steve Streimer (Sherwood, Oregon) will get his first taste of east coast racing in the other.
The Trans Am Series provides an ideal platform from which to “dip a toe” back into professional motorsports. Lux Performance will use as many as four races in the Trans Am 3 (TA3) class to acclimate itself to the higher-level of competition. The intent is to use this a launching pad to a full season campaign for both Lux and Streimer in 2016.
When last on the coast-to-coast scene, Lux Performance Group ran the two-car Dodge Viper ACR-X “Celebrity” Program in the Viper Racing Series. That high-visibility effort was run simultaneously with Streimer campaigning a Lux-prepped and managed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA schedule.
Lux herself last competed regularly on a national level in 2008. The 12-time road racing champion raced in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class running a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe for Mopar. In two years at that level, Lux had five top-ten finishes with a career high finish of fifth. The year prior, as a Dodge factory driver, she debuted the Viper “Comp. Coupe” in the American Le Mans Series.
While the schedule could expand based on funding and other factors, Lux Performance Group’s 2015 schedule calls for it’s first race at Homestead on April 12 followed by either the Trans Am feature at Road Atlanta or the SCCA Majors at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 31. Cindi Lux is a two-time winner of the prestigious June Sprints at Road America and will be seeking her third title there, Streimer his first, on June 15. The two-car Viper effort will celebrate Independence Day at Brainerd International Raceway with Trans Am on July 5. Currently, the strategy also has the team concluding the season at Road America on August 29 with Trans Am when the NASCAR Nationwide Series competes there. A handful of races in the Northwest region is also under consideration but not yet finalized.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “The Trans Am Series has such a long history and it is about time the Lux name is a part of it. To me, the most appealing aspect of any professional series is a stable rules platform. Having rules that don’t change from race to race is critical and that increases my confidence they are serious about cost containment. I have been a crew chief in seven different professional series and I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly! As always, we’ll be coming with full-on Lux style!”
Cindi Lux: “Getting back behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper ACR-X is kind of like putting on an old shoe. Even though I haven’t been racing a Viper full time the past few years, never fear, these cars are fantastic and a blast to drive. Trust me, every time I drive a Viper, I just smile. It’s also kind of cool being a ‘rookie’ in the Trans Am series. I’ve enjoyed running on many other professional series but nothing with so much rich heritage and history. You look at the names in the series now and you reflect on the names over the decades and it is so humbling to even think about! This is some good competition! The best part is that we are coming at it the right way, the Lux Performance way. This is the first move in a long-range chess match that we are all very excited about.”
Steve Streimer: “I can't wait to get into this season with the Dodge Viper! This will be a whole new world for me and I am looking forward to the challenge. The Trans Am races are significantly longer than what I am accustom to so when I think about the task ahead, patience comes to mind. With the longer format it will be all about staying out of trouble and keeping myself in a position to take advantage of opportunities. Making the kind of leap I’ll be making with Lux Performance into the Trans Am championship is going to be intense! But I look forward to wrestling with this snake around some of the greatest racetracks in the country!”
About Trans Am – The Trans Am Series, America’s Road Racing Series, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), through a five-year agreement in which TARC oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
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