Ownership role gives Parker Kligerman a new perspective on his beloved Lime Rock Park
For Parker Kligerman, being an NBC Sports pit press reporter for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion race at Lime Rock Park will have unique significance.
And it’s not even if it’s where the Connecticut native saw, drove and won in a race vehicle for the very first time in his life.
A couple of months back, Kligerman, 30, ended up being a minority financier at the age-old roadway course, which was integrated in 1956.
“It was a really cool opportunity with amazing people involved,” Kligerman stated on a current episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast. “I saw the plans of what they wanted to do, and it got the wheels turning that, ‘Oh yeah, this is something that’s important to Connecticut and important to motorsports.’ It’s one of the most historic racetracks in America.
“What an amazing thing to be part of, and the idea of being part of this group that loves motorsports and is trying to set motorsports up for the future and the next couple of decades in Connecticut, it’s cool. I’m learning a lot from all the people involved. We’re working on really, really cool things. Over the next three to four years, you’ll see amazing improvements and additions to lime rock. Hopefully one of those involves something very near and dear to my heart. So we’ll see if we can make it happen.”
Though Kligerman, decreased to expose more information yet, he did discuss his function is primarily as a consultant to the other Lime Rock financiers.
“I’m easily the youngest involved and most connected to NASCAR,” Kligerman stated. “You can delineate my connection and role in that sense. I’ve been active in trying to bring opportunities to the partnership, a couple of different projects to bring more fanfare and recognition and get more people excited about Lime Rock.”
Kligerman. who jokes that “I own basically a blade of grass somewhere” on the Lime Rock residential or commercial property, has actually been participating in races at the Lakeville, Connecticut, center for more than twenty years.
Among his preferred memories from the seven-turn, 1.474-mile track was a fight throughout the 2018 IMSA race in between a Ford and Porsche with “two million-dollar race cars hitting each other.
“The IMSA GT guys love going because it is a bullring, a tight road course that in a lot of ways is high speed,” he stated. “They all love going there for no-holds-barred contact. It’s their version of Bristol (Motor Speedway) for the IMSA sports cars.
“It’s one of the most beautiful places to just hang out and watch race cars.”
The Northeast Grand Prix, which will include the GTD and GTLM classes, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast reside on NBC Sports digital platforms (TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, NBCSports.com) with Dave Burns, Calvin Fish, Kevin Lee and Kligerman on the call. A repetition discussion will air at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN right away after the Xfinity Series race.
You can listen to the episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or anywhere you download podcasts.
Ownership function offers Parker Kligerman a brand-new point of view on his precious Lime Rock Park initially appeared on NBCSports.com
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.