This year has been a mixture of Regional and Majors races. While prepping for the 2019 Runoffs, I will attend VIR three times this year. My fourth appearance will be my attendance at the Runoffs. Some of my fellow racers also drove VIR in the “March into Spring” event, but I was unable to make that. Imagine being able to get four practice weekends in.
2019 has been interesting year. I have already been to VIR twice, once for the Hoosier Super Tour Majors and once for my regional MARRS/SARRC race. It rained almost every day both times! The Super Tour was a mess and I blogged a bit about it.
The MARRS/SARRC races were also in somewhat messy conditions, but at least all of the racers fit into the paddock. I was also able to see Jim Austin again after we connected last year. Jim was my 2nd level manager when I worked at AT&T Bell Labs. It has been great to re-connect with him all these years later now that he is in the Raleigh, NC area. But it was a good thing he decided to skip the mud show ala Woodstock for the Majors.
The next time up at VIR will be the three practice days August 2-4. Hopefully we will not get rain and I will get a change to really push myself through “hog pen” where I have been tentative. I can use a bit more practice in the dry overall. I am a bit surprised that only 14 SM drivers are taking advantage of this opportunity as of the time of this blog post.
Here is the free picture they gave each of the drivers for attending the VIR Super Tour. Looking forward to early August to push myself to take a couple of seconds of my best lap time at VIR this year.