Cindi to Close Out 2015 Trans Am Season in The Big Easy
The 2015 “Return to the Road Tour” was intended to get the Fred Lux-managed race company back into the rhythm of national-level racing… and it did just that. The operation acquainted itself well campaigning America’s V10-powered supercar in tight competition taking two first-place and second-place finishes, three victories (two for Streimer and one for Lux) and two pole positions in four starts – Lux had only three starts missing the first race of the year with a torn meniscus in her left knee. Sunday’s 100-mile championship finale is a late addition to the schedule as a final tune-up for the 2016 season.
The V10-powered Vipers will enjoy four test sessions on Thursday, October 8 with official practice starting at 10:45 a.m. Central Time (CT) on Friday. Qualifying for the two-car team will come in the TA3i class “Fast Five” session at 4:10 p.m. the same day. The second practice will take place on Saturday at 10:20 a.m. Sunday’s 100-mile/37-lap or 70-minute race will take the green flag at 12:45 p.m.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “Originally, we had planned to get in four starts and call it a season. Then we heard there would be a party down here in New Orleans so we figured we’d come visit during hurricane season to see what that is all about. This place is a complete unknown to everyone so that should give us an even playing field. It looks like an interesting track with a lot of straightaway for the Viper to stretch out. We’ll see where we are at the end of the day. This will add one more set of data for us to take home and over-analyze this winter.”
Cindi Lux: “It’s kind of hard to think about the last race of the season. Where did the summer go? Going into our final race, it’s certainly been a character-building year. The team has done a great job prepping two reliable Vipers for a partial season of Trans Am. Going to a new track is always something that I really enjoy. Personally, for this weekend, I just want to get a great result that will allow us an excuse to go party with the team! Finish off the year on a high-note. It may be a little early for Mardi Gras but the band is ready to go!”
Cindi Finishes Just Behind Steve After Last Lap Melee
Much of the four-mile, 14-turn Road America course was socked-in early with fog and a heavy mist that turned to rain and back. Despite the damp conditions, team principle Fred Lux (Aloha, Oregon) elected to start both Vipers on dry-weather racing slicks. The No. 84 Dodge Viper ACR-X of Lee Saunders went with the full wet-weather grooved tires. The opening laps of the race were kept under caution for safety reasons. As the fog lifted, Trans Am Series officials called for the pole sitter, Lux, and fellow front-row starter Streimer to bring the class to the green flag. The grooved tires on the No. 84 allowed Saunders around both Northwest-based entries. As the track dried, Lux stalked the No. 84, pushing the third Viper as it searched for water off-line. The 12-time road racing champion would re-take the lead and begin to pull away with seven laps remaining.
Lux was heading toward the victory with Streimer in third entering the closing stages of the race - originally scheduled for 100-miles/25-laps. Then, coming off a caution, multiple cars came together in Turn Six. Lux, with a lead over second and third-places, slowed and began to work her way through the confusion of spinning cars. With a clear path in view, one last car spun back off the grass. Lux brought the American-made supercar to a standstill without making contact and prepared to maneuver around and continue. It was then that the cars behind her caught up. Unable to stop, Streimer made contact with his teammate sending Lux off into the grass. He moved around to the right while she fought through the wet grass. With the time required to clear the carnage too extensive, series officials called the race at its 75-minute limit. Guaranteeing Streimer his second Trans Am Series race win with Lux in second.
The race will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “With the last lap melee we all got tangled-up. I’m not sure how we even got out of that mess! Another one-two finish was a great result but, as the cars disappeared towards Turn One that last lap, it wasn’t the order we expected to see come back around. Both cars sustained some damage but not nearly what a lot of guys did out there today. This one was ugly! We’ll get the Lux Performance Group Vipers back in top-running order for the next race.”
Cindi Lux: “This is one of those days you are really happy for the team, however I’m frustrated as a driver. It’s absolutely perfect that Lux Performance Group took the top-two steps on the Road America podium and that Vipers led every lap of the race. The Lux team really did an amazing job with both cars all weekend. I’ve had a lot of good cars here over the years but this time it was setup so well for the long run. We really had things in hand until the boondoggle in Turn Six. Cars were everywhere. I had worked my way through and then got stopped. Looks like Steve had nowhere to go and got into the back of me. That put me off track and into the wet grass. It was impossible to gain traction. That was frustrating because we did everything right. It’s a bittersweet pill to swallow. On the other hand, Steve did a great job and taking advantage of the mayhem in Six at the end of the race proves how good he has become since joining Lux Performance. Overall, I’m so pleased with his improvement every race. The entire program is getting stronger. It is another one-two finish, another one-two start and it’s hard to complain about that. As a driver, we’ll go after it next time.”
Cindi Looks for Second Trans Am Win at Road America
The Midwest has traditionally been very good for the Aloha, Oregon-based team. Competing in only a limited number of events in 2015, the convincing one-two finish for Lux Performance at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota is the program’s most recent appearance on the Trans Am scene. Cindi Lux (Aloha, Oregon) in the No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X won the race from pole position with Steve Streimer (Sherwood, Oregon) close behind in the No. 42 Viper. Streimer also has his own victory in the class racing to the win at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the team’s Trans Am debut earlier this season.
This weekend, for the second time this season, Lux Performance travels to the legendary Road America circuit. The twin-entries visited Wisconsin earlier in the summer to race the SCCA June Sprints – an event that Cindi Lux has won twice. The results there were frustrating leading team principle Fred Lux (Aloha, Oregon) to take it on as a learning process for this week’s 100-mile, 25 lap race.
Despite being a shared weekend with the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the Trans Am Series has offered ample opportunity for laps of Road America’s classic layout. Two hours of testing on Thursday, August 27, preceed the first 30-minute practice session at 2:50 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Thursday. Qualifying for Lux, Streimer and the other TA3I class cars will take place on Friday at 9 a.m. CT. Saturday’s race will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with a 100-mile/25-lap or 75-minute duration.
The race will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “It’s considered a ballsy racetrack. And Lux Performance is bringing two drivers who have the courage to throw caution out the window. We have had success here but last race we noticed a few nuances of Road America so we decided to bring in a local ringer, Paul Truess, to help us with some of the particulars of the track.
Our focus for the weekend, with the Viper weighing 3500 pounds, will be to be there at the end. So we are working on conservation tactics. But, with four minutes laps and triple that for a caution lap, track position is everything. You have to get to the front immediately… while being good to the tires and brakes. That is where we leave it to the drivers to balance out the chess match versus the checkers game.”
Cindi Lux: “I am much more comfortable driving tracks like Road America. I really like high risk, high speed tracks for some strange reason. We ran there earlier in the year and we were really off the pace. So, we have been reviewing our data to figure out what was messed up. Historically this track has been very good to me, winning the June Sprints a couple of times. But we have our work cut out for us in our Dodge Vipers. The competition in the Trans Am Series is tough. And that’s why we are here!”
Cindi Lux Wins From Class Pole Position at Brainerd Raceway
For Streimer, it was his second trip to the Trans Am class podium having won his debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) early in the season. For Lux, the 12-time road racing champion, the drought has been longer. With only a handful of races on the schedule to begin with, Lux was forced to miss the HMS-race with a torn meniscus in her left knee. The following race, an extremely rare engine issue caused her to miss taking the green flag at Lime Rock Park on Memorial Day weekend. However, Independence Day weekend and the classic Minnesota track seemed to be the perfect match for breaking away from the cloud that had hovered over her.
From the opening test session on Friday, July 3, the Fred Lux-led program had the 2.5-mile, 12-turn BIR facility well sorted. The pair of V10-powered, American-built supercars were at the top of the speed charts each day including taking both spots on the front row of the class grid in Saturday qualifying. The race itself was more of the same as Lux took the early lead but Streimer brought the red No. 42 around the black 45 in the opening minutes. That order did not hold long before Lux retook the top spot and maintained it for the remainder of the 40-lap race.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Lux-Streimer, one-two finish on Saturday, July 25 at Noon Eastern Standard Time.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “Brainerd is crazy and its party animal race fans are a very close second to Sebring’s. These people know how to celebrate the July Fourth holiday! We worked very hard at finding speed that would endure the hot and slippery track for 75-minute race. That was our main focus all weekend and it paid off for both cars.”
Cindi Lux: “When you run the three classes together, it is survival! You have to be methodical and smart. There is a lot of racecraft here. I really enjoy that. It brings it back to the people… the crew did an incredible job all weekend! Absolutely amazing! This is one of those races where I feel really good about my driving. Brainerd is a fantastic place to race! Heck, it’s just a fantastic place to come and hang out! It was nuts with the fans. I’m impressed. I can’t wait to get back!”