Aloha, Oregon, June 11, 2018 - Having endured one of the longest off-season’s of her impressive career, Cindi Lux was ready to get back on track.
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 took 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.
“2018 is all about fueling our story,” Cindi says. “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.”
Cindi has history with America’s most storied track, and a score to settle.
“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!”
The 42-lap, multi-class race covered a distance of 102.06-miles with a 70-minute time limit, and Cindi wasted little time reminding the Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli that she was back in the cockpit.
The Aloha, Oregon-resident overcame the intense heat and the competition to earn third-place in the TA3 class during the 42-lap race on the 2.439-mile, 13-turn road course in Speedway, Indiana. The June 17 race is the first of six Trans Am races scheduled for the season by the husband-wife duo of Fred and Cindi Lux.
The popular driver from the Northwest could not have chosen a more challenging race to make her return to the cockpit. With the ambient temperature exceeding 90-degrees Fahrenheit and the track surface burning at 144 F the race would be as much a fight with the conditions as with the other 32 cars on track. The V10 rumbling in front of her is a great tool on the straights of the Indy road course - including the iconic front straightaway run backwards of the famous layout of the Indianapolis 500 - but horsepower and torque numbers quickly gave way to the number on the thermometer. Having qualified an impressive fourth-in-class, as the 70-minute race charged toward the checkered flag, Cindi found herself deep in a battle for third-place. The heat began to take its toll on competitors with caution periods caused by overheating machines and drivers slowing the pace. With the slow laps behind the safety car, the temperature inside the American supercar would scream upward as the massive engine heat-soaked the cockpit. Remarkably, data recorded inside the Viper coupe documented a sustained high exceeding 155 F.
Despite the soaring temperatures, Cindi dug deep within herself to stay up on the wheel capturing third-place when the track went green. Despite the unrelenting heat causing a slick track, which abused the Pirelli racing tires, which in-turn required more concentration and physical manipulation of the car, Cindi held on to score her 12th career Trans Am Series podium. She has two previous victories.
“It took me a while to knock off the rust and get up on the wheel after being out of the car so long. So I was a little disappointed in myself on the test day. It all came back smoother on Saturday. I don’t think I was ever so happy to see a checkered flag than I was on Sunday. I was melting inside the car. I didn’t really want to know the cockpit temperature of the car during the race. It was brutal but when we were green I was able to focus and work my way up to the podium. That is a solid start to the year and the Viper really showed itself well.”
Lux Performance Group provides full-service race services and custom components to both club level and professional series drivers. Their truly unique and eclectic background provides a limitless realm of possibility in the any area of car construction - including custom fabrication, specialty safety structures, platform development, hybrid technologies and electric motor specialization - as well as business plan development and implementation. A true “one stop shop” for all things automotive.
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.
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