Ownership role gives Parker Kligerman a new perspective on his beloved Lime Rock Park


For Parker Kligerman, being an NBC Sports pit reporter for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Lime Rock Park will have special meaning.

And it’s not just because it’s where the Connecticut native saw, drove and won in a race car for the first time in his life.

A few months ago, Kligerman, 30, became a minority investor at the venerable road course, which was built in 1956 and changed ownership this year.

“It was a really cool opportunity with amazing people involved,” Kligerman said on a recent episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast (watch the video of the conversation above). “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 declined to reveal further details of that project yet (“something pretty big!”), he did outline his role, which is mostly as an advisor to the other Lime Rock investors.

“I’m easily the youngest involved and most connected to NASCAR,” Kligerman said. “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.”

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the cars entered in Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix

Kligerman. who jokes that “I own basically a blade of grass somewhere” on the Lime Rock property, has been attending races at the Lakeville, Connecticut, facility for more than 20 years.

One of his favorite memories from the seven-turn, 1.474-mile track was a battle during the 2018 IMSA race 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 said. “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, a two-hour, 40-minute race featuring the GTD and GTLM classes, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NBC Sports digital platforms (TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, NBCSports.com) with Dave Burns, Calvin Fish, Kevin Lee and Kligerman on the call. An encore presentation will air at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN immediately after the Xfinity Series race.

You can listen to the episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you download podcasts.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

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Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

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NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.