Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is one of my favorite tracks. It has a little bit of everything: huge elevation changes, high speed corners, low speed corners, hard braking zones, and long straights. The track provides constant excitement as well as great racing. Our Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5's performed flawlessly on this unique course.
It was also great to team up with Tom Long once again after our race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It's interesting to think that the last time I was at VIR with Tom was when I was 15 during the second test with the team. I actually used the same notes and track map from that outing.
With Liam not being at the race this past weekend, Tom was doing double duty in both cars. Tom started in the 26 car and then would change to the 25 car to take it to the end. This meant that Tom and I would qualify together. We used each other to our advantages to get optimal laps and it resulted in a qualifying effort of sixth and seventh.
During the race, I had some incidents which resulted with me having to charge through the field (twice). At the end of my stint, Tom pit from the lead and I entered the pits from seventh. It was fun to watch Tom hop out of the 26 car, jump over the pit wall, and then run over to the 25 car where I was waiting.
At the end of the very hot and eventful two and a half hour race, the cars took fourth and sixth. Andrew Carbonell is now the championship points leader going into Circuit of the Americas. There were nothing but very sweaty and tired smiles on the walk back to the hauler.