Column: Ready for VIR

Well the way this championship is going in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship I’m probably not going to have any hair left… Oh wait, hang on!

The hits just keep on coming for Corvette Racing but we keep getting up and fighting back. At Road America it looked like we’d done a brilliant job with the strategy to get Antonio Garcia and I back in contention for some good points in fourth place.

But then we got a penalty for contact which pushed us back again. It looked like we were going to lose the championship lead, but then Alexander Sims dived under Tommy Milner in the other Corvette and made contact.

That opened up the opportunity for Antonio to get back to fourth place again. I felt bad for Tommy and Oliver Gavin too – ideally we need both Corvettes scoring points because we want the teams’ and manufacturers’ titles as well.

After we qualified last on the Saturday, the thought of sneaking out an extra point lead in the championship wasn’t on the cards. Since Le Mans our lead has grown by two points – but we’ve had to fight, kick and scream for every last position.

Every race weekend somebody pops up and jumps to the front in the GTLM class. If we’re going to take this championship, we’re going to need a weekend or two where that somebody is Corvette Racing.

Consistency is critical but having a weekend like we did at VIR last year where I got the pole and we dominated the race would be very handy.

We’ve also had good form before at Laguna Seca as well. Antonio and I won there back in 2014 in the GTLM class – but that really feels like an eternity ago.

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