12-Time Road Racing Champion Makes 2018 Debut at Indianapolis Trans Am Race
Aloha, Oregon, June 11, 2018| Having endured one of the longest off-season’s of her impressive career, Cindi Lux is ready to get back on track. The Aloha, Oregon-resident now gets a chance to bring her 2018 Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli season to life with the push of the button on her No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACRX Fueled by Black Rock Coffee. When the V10 roars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this weekend, Lux will tighten the safety belts and race to the reach the world’s most famous victory lane and “kiss the bricks”. The 100-mile Trans Am race for the TA3 class, as well as the TA and TA4 classes, on the Indy road course in Speedway, Indiana will take the green flag on Sunday June 17.
Lux Performance Group has opted to focus on a six-race Trans Am Series schedule in 2018 for Cindi. The Fred and Cindi Lux-owned operation returns with the Dodge-built Viper, which the Aloha, Oregon-based team has developed and become synonymous with since 2005. The black and red ACRX engineered by Fred will take on the 2.439-mile, 13-turn road course at Indy beginning with a test session on Friday, June 15. Running clockwise – counter the oval made famous by the Indianapolis 500 – the permanent road course utilizes large portions of the oval including nearly the whole front straightaway as well as a purpose-built infield sections. Cindi made her first laps on the track last season and has some unfinished business after mechanical gremlins forced an early retirement.
The 42-lap, multi-class race will cover a distance of 102.06-miles with a 70-minute time limit. Official practice begins on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. ET. A 15-minute qualifying session for the 33-cars across the three classes is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Trans Am will take to the grid at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 followed by a Father’s Day green flag at 3:15 p.m.
In 2017, Lux ran her fourth partial season in the Trans Am championship. Despite entering only a handful of the races, the 12-time road racing champion took a class victory at the VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) and won the “Cool-Shirt Cool Move of the Race Award” in the process. She took class pole position at Watkins Glen International with a track record in the Viper ACRX and made her track debut at Indianapolis.
Continuing its history of long-term partner relationships, Lux Performance returns with Black Rock Coffee Bar in 2018. The ever-growing chain of coffee specialists has locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Idaho. Lux Performance Group and Cindi continue as ambassadors of the brand around North America helping to fulfill Black Rock’s core philosophy to “Fuel Your Story””; a campaign focused on connecting and benefiting everyone in the community with interaction and communication. Black Rock has helped “fuel” Lux’s story, and Lux theirs, since 2011.
Joining Black Rock on the No. 45 Viper will again be CoolShirt, Forgeline Wheels and MCS shocks.
The race is the second of 2018 to be live-streamed through the Trans Am web site (www.GoTransAm.com). A tape-delayed broadcast of the event can be seen on the CBS Sports Network at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. in the Portland area on Sunday, July 1.
Fred Lux, Team Principal/Engineer, Lux Performance Group Viper ACRX |
“Despite having grown up only three-hours from Indianapolis, I never spent any time at the Speedway but it is still special to race here. I always get nervous for the first race of the season. The team has worked very hard during the off-season on the Vipers. I just keep trying to push the limits on our cars as I am always learning new things about them. It’s the little details that are vital.”
Cindi Lux, Driver, No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACRX |
About 2018 |
“2018 is all about fueling our story. Lux Performance has always been about going out there, tightening the belts and putting the right foot to the floor. We’ve done some off season testing but nothing beats going head-to-head with the best in the Trans Am paddock… I have missed it. We have been testing some new parts this spring and we have yet to dial things in. But the team has thrown the kitchen sink at the car with some changes and my fingers are crossed. I am chomping at the bit to start turning laps that mean something.”
About Indy |
“Last year, I had a terrible weekend and I had to retire with a mechanical issue so I have some unfinished business. I think I got a total of 10 laps the entire three days we ran there and that is not the way we usually are. It’s time to knock off the rust and go play on ‘the bricks’. I am pretty fired up. It has been a long winter and I am ready to go racing!”
About Trans Am | The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, 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. More information is available at www.GoTransAm.com .
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