Chevrolet is looking to win its fifth straight race in a row this weekend with the new Camaro Z/28.R as the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge heads to at Virginia International Raceway. Team Chevy picked up its fourth consecutive win a couple of weeks back thanks to CKS Autosport’s Lawson Aschenbach, who will have his position filled by Jordan Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing in Virginia this weekend.
Taylor is also one of Corvette Racing’s factory drivers and joined the yellow cars as they drove to a second place class finish at Le Mans earlier this year. Aschenbach is reportedly absent from the roster this weekend as he had already committed to a Pirelli World Challenge race on the same day with a different team.
“I got a call at the end of last week from some of the people at General Motors, and they asked if I was available because they had a seat open. I didn’t have a race for this weekend, so I was happy to step up. Anytime I can be in a racecar, I’m happy,” Taylor said.
CKS Autosport’s No. 01 car will be driven by Taylor and Eric Curran, while driving duties in their No. 00 car will likely be handled by Ashley McCalmont and Bob Michaelian. As usual, Stevenson Motorsports will also field two Z/28.Rs. Their No. 6 car will be driven by Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis while the No. 9 car will be piloted by Andy Lally and Matt Bell.
“VIR is a classic track in every sense. Its mix of slow-speed corners, fast sweeping turns and a long backstretch provides an excellent test,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet’s Continental Tire Challenge program manager. “Our Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.Rs have proven to be competitive on nearly every track on the schedule. Five victories on a variety of circuits in the first year for the Z/28.R platform bear that out. As the season winds down, securing the maximum number of points at each round becomes more critical. That is our focus at VIR.”
The green flag will fly at VIR this Saturday at 2:05 p.m, with live coverage appearing on IMSA.com. The race will also air on Sunday August 31 on FOX Sports 1 at 10 a.m.