Driver of the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, Tommy Milner, calls Leesburg, VA home, which is located a relatively short 4 hour drive from Virginia International Raceway. That means this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge from VIR is Milner’s ‘home race’, adding to his confidence as the team looks to hold off Ford in the driver’s championship.
“It’s Virginia, it’s home for me,” Milner to Sportscar365 in a recent interview. “I have friends scattered around in the Richmond area and it’s easier to get them to this race.
“My first ever GT car race was there in 2004, and I actually qualified on pole there my first year, and we clinched my first championship there with Corvette Racing in 2012, so I’ve got some good memories there,” he added.
Milner also explained that Corvette Racing doesn’t change its approach to racing with the tight championship situation with Ford. Changing this weekend’s strategy, however, will be the absence of the faster Prototype cars from the race weekend.
“To go for overall honors, we don’t really change how we approach the weekend,” Milner said. “But certainly there’s something to be said for having not nearly as much traffic with the faster prototype cars passing us.
“It’ll change the dynamic of the race because, in our GTLM class, we won’t have to worry about traffic early in the race.
“We’ll have a good 30-45 minutes of no traffic and just us racing hard up that the front, so that’s exciting for sure.
The 2016 Michelin GT Challenge from VIR will go green Sunday, August 28th at 1:35 p.m. ET.