Watkins Glen, New York, May 17, 2016 | Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these racers from the swift completion of their appointed laps. That paraphrase of the Postman's Creed might make it to an inspirational wall at Lux Performance Group's shop in Aloha, Oregon after the May 15 Classic Tube 100. The Watkins Glen (New York) International round of the Trans Am Series' 50th season was the 2016 debut for the two-car Viper ACR-X program and it was no easy opener. The weekend saw temperatures barely breaking the 40s and overcast conditions giving way to rain and snow. Combined with an electrical gremlin in the cars and Cindi Lux (Aloha, Oregon), driving the No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge, and Steve Streimer (Sherwood, Oregon) in the No. 42 Viper's had their hands full. Nevertheless, the pairfought all the elements and the field to finish second (Lux) and third (Streimer) at the conclusion of the 100-mile race.
The weekend got off on a harsh note. With little on-track time scheduled for the TA3 machines, a newly paved "Glen" and unseasonably cold weather the challenge was tough enough for the pair of drivers and the Fred Lux-led squad. However, matters grew much worse when an electronics issue significantly cut the horsepower of the V10-engines beyond even the mandated restrictor prescribed by Trans Am.
After a poor qualifying effort of fifth and sixth, Cindi and Steve had their work cut out for them. Both Lux Performance drivers are well known for their racecraft and Streimer followed Cindi through the field with a focus on keeping their red and black American supercars clear of carnage. As competitors began to give-way, the Nos. 45 and 42 moved steadily up. Even as a heavy snow began to pound the windshields in the closing laps, the front-engine machines stayed a true course ultimately finishing second and third. The first race of the season and the first podium.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal |
"Never in our wildest dreams when we began the day, did I think we would end up with a double podium. It's a solid lesson of never giving up. No matter what the racing gods send your direction, just keep digging. Seriously, everything seemed to be thrown at us. The black cloud that was over us all weekend finally shifted away during the race. Cindi and Steve drove a smart race. Even though it wasn't our best result on track, it was probably the most satisfying and rewarding."