IMSA Weekend @ VIR

One week ago I visited the beautiful rolling countryside of the Virginia International Raceway. The weekend of August 26-28 (2016) featured five amazing series, headlined by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This event set the stage for a battle between the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and The GT Daytona (GTD) classes going for the overall win. Also on the weekend agenda were the cars and drivers of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA series, and The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. What more can a sports car racing fan ask for?! My “Future History” article for Victory Lane is in the final edit stages, but here are a few shots from the the IMSA WeatherTech and Continental Tire SportsCar series. Next week it’s on to Watkins Glen for the SVRA US Vintage Grand Prix. Enjoy!


Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT #67, with drivers Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook.


Pit stop teamwork in action for the Turner Motorsport, BMW M6 GT3 #97, with drivers Michael Marsal and Markus Palttala.

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In the paddock where the race preparation never ends for the Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #23, featuring drivers Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas.

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Powering through Oak Tree corner is the Continental Tire SportCar Challenge team RS1, Porsche Cayman #17, featuring the driving duo of Spencer Pumpelly and Nick Galante.


The race helmet design of driver Liam Dwyer, of the Freedom Autosport, Mazda MX-5 #26.

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