Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – After four of ten rounds in the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint-X season, Jeff Segal and rookie teammate Wei Lu find themselves in contention for the Sprint-X Pro/Am championship as the series races this weekend at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
After four Sprint-X races, Segal and Lu are third in the Sprint-X Pro/Am championship with one victory and two additional podiums this season in the No. 31 TR3 Racing / Ferrari of Vancouver Ferrari 488 GT3.
While a rookie in PWC, Lu has experience at the short and fast Lime Rock Park circuit, including scoring a pole position in a Ferrari Challenge race held at the track in 2016.
“Lime Rock Park is a very challenging race track, but because I have raced there before, I’m looking forward to getting up to speed quickly,” said Lu. “My goal will be the same as it has been all year – to keep the car in good away from trouble and try to score as many points as I can. Passing at Lime Rock can be challenging so to get a good result in qualifying will be very important.”
Segal has also enjoyed success at Lime Rock, scoring his first professional sports car victory at the track in 2008 in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
“We’ve had a strong start to the season, which as been nice, but we’ll have a big challenge this weekend because Lime Rock is tricky,” said Segal. “It’s not far from where I grew up, so it’s a track that I know very well, but it is a handful. Because it is so short it is very demanding with very little opportunity to rest – you are on it the whole time. All of the corners are extremely fast with very little margin for error, and they can punish you if you get greedy. Track position is very important, and that will come into play during qualifying, as well as getting a good lap in race one to get a good starting position for race two. I’m looking forward to see where we stack up.”
The unique Lime Rock race weekend, on the traditional Memorial Day weekend, will see both Sprint-X races race on Monday, May 28. The first race will go green at 11:25 AM ET, with the second starting at 4:05 PM ET. Both races will be streamed live at world-challenge.com
The races will be broadcast on CBS Sports on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 PM ET.