(Words and Photos by David Whealon) We’re back to the awesome Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. for the annual visit of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship along with the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and the IMSA Prototype Challenge. All of which took to the 3.27-mile 18-turn natural terrain road course through the rolling hills of Southern Virginia with most classes turning in blazing laps well south of two minutes. The weather was a bit on the hot side but perfect for the total non-stop racing that has been occurring at VIR for many years in the month of August.
The IMSA brand brings along with them a unique cross-section of their diverse manufacturing participation boasting eighteen different manufacturers competing from across the globe from the American Muscle of the Blue Ovals and Bowtie Brigades all the way to the Bimmer and Raging Bull exotics. As always, the entire weekend was truly an exciting fun-filled experience tailor-made for any racing enthusiast to pull for their favorite brand, foreign or domestic.