Corvette Racing is looking forward to the IMSA WeatherTech Championship round at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, where they will not have to deal with as much on-track traffic due to the absence of the LMP2 and DPi classes.
The General Motors factory race team is still vying for its 100th win in IMSA competition, with its last victory coming at the 2018 Long Beach Grand Prix. VIR gives the team a good opportunity to battle for the win, however, with the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course playing host to a number of past Corvette Racing wins.
In fact, the last time that Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and the No. 3 Corvette C7.R were in victory lane was at VIR back in 2017 (they won last year’s IMSA GTLM championship without winning a race) and the team also won on their debut at the track in 2012. All four Corvette Racing drivers have won at the track in their careers, as well.
“VIR has been good to us,” said Magnussen. “We need it to be good to us again. We really need a win for this season and the championship. There are some places where the result comes a little easier than at others, and for some reason VIR is that for us. A lap around there is super enjoyable and a big challenge.”
“VIR is fantastic and one of the best ones we go to,” added Oliver Gavin, driver of the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. “A GT-only race makes it more intense. It’s a track that’s technical, fast-paced and with a lot of grip. Strategy always plays a role… if you run long in a stint or short, what tire you run and the fuel loads. It’s an intense race that you can never take your eye off.”
The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR is will kick off on Sunday August 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Coverage will air live on NBCSN and audio streaming will also be available via IMSA Radio.