By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
When Sarah Edwards was the Queen of Diamonds II Jet Dragster pilot, she was able to meet Hope Weaver at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park in Epping, New Hampshire. Weaver invited Edwards to a unique experience near her Connecticut residence.
She attended the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday, July 20th during their Northeast Grand Prix. The event took place at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT.
Edwards said this was her first experience at Lime Rock Park. In addition, she said this was her first time experiencing SportsCar at an event. Her boyfriend Stephen Frycz was also a guest with Edwards.
“I have lived at a race track over the course of the past three years, and Saturday was one of the hottest days I have ever endured,” Edwards said. “But it was an experience you couldn’t beat! Left, right, hills and valleys, Lime Rock had it all with fans around every bend. It was a totally different setting than an NHRA drag race, but the heat and passion of racing was all the same.”
“It was incredible to walk into a totally different world of racing and see how their operation unfolds and operates. At the end of the day, going straight is still my fancy.”
Weaver was the IMSA’s Marketing and Corporate Partnership Intern. In the past few days, Weaver has left her position she held with the motorsports organization.
Edwards was able to receive the VIP experience during her time at the track despite it being over 100 degrees. She also got to meet Bobby Rahal, a former IMSA driver, who also is part owner of IndyCar team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, that was founded in 1991.
Rahal is also owner of the BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Edwards even able to meet Rahal during her time at the track.
“I walked up to Bobby Rahal and asked him for a photo together, and when he agreed, I took the opportunity to let him know that I was a big fan of his daughter-in-law (Courtney Force, former NHRA Funny Car pilot for John Force Racing, who retired from the sport in January). He responded, “I am too.”
She was also able to take part in a lap around the course in a Lexus.
Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won the event at the 1.521 mile facility. Briscoe and Westbrook won by 7.003 seconds over Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor, who finished second in their Porsche ride.