VIR Weekend Notebook

Photo: Sam Cobb/Lamborghini

***The grid for this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America round at Virginia International Raceway has grown from the initial 27 entries to 28 cars, thanks to the addition of a third Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo for Justin Price in LB Cup.

***Dario Capitano has been confirmed in the team’s No. 22 entry in Pro-Am, which has increased to five entries following the reclassification of Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Missig, who was initially listed in Pro. Missig took part in the season-opening rounds at Circuit of The Americas in Pro-Am.

***With the No. 11 TR3 Racing entry being moved to Am for the expected one-off driver pairing of Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella, it has resulted in an eight-car Pro class field this weekend.

***Fuentes and Bacarella replace Daniel Mancinelli, who is competing in the Italian GT Sprint championship at Misano this weekend.

***O’Gara Motorsport/USRT is down to a single-car effort this weekend after its second full-season entry of John Hennessy was withdrawn due to the LB Cup driver sustaining a torn ligament in his wrist. He is slated to be out of action until Road America in August.

***The team’s two other Lamborghinis that were on the grid in last month’s season-opener at COTA were one-off entries.

***Several teams are represented in multiple series this weekend, including TR3 Racing, which is fielding Lamborghinis in both Super Trofeo and Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. 

***TPC Racing, meanwhile, has its Super Trofeo Am class entry of Scott Schmidt and Trevor Andrusko in addition to six Porsches entered in the USAC-sanctioned Porsche Sprint Challenge North America.

***Schmidt and Andrusko left last month’s season-opener at COTA seventh in the class championship after electrical gremlins ended their weekend early.

***Both Pro championship leaders Stevan McAleer and Madison Snow are also pulling double duty, with McAleer racing in Pirelli GT4 America and Snow in Zelus Motorsports’ Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo in GTWC America.

***Super Trofeo teams are set to be given a 15-minute “hardship” session prior to this afternoon’s qualifying because of the overall “lack of consistent track time” on Friday due to the wet conditions and incidents between the two sessions, according to IMSA.

***The speed of the Huracan Super Trofeo Evos are on display this weekend, with Loris Spinelli’s pace-setting 1:45.893 lap time from Friday’s practice session good enough to theoretically put him fourth overall on the grid for the first GTWC America race of the weekend. Both Super Trofeo and SRO America’s flagship GT3 championship are running on Pirelli tires, although slightly different specification rubber.

***IMSA President John Doonan is on-site this weekend in support of the IMSA-sanctioned series, which has been placed on an SRO America weekend for the first time due to the effects of event rescheduling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

***Lamborghini recently took the wraps off its new Super Trofeo EVO2, which will debut in all of its single-make championships beginning next year. Teams will be able to purchase a brand-new car or opt for an upgrade kit for its existing first-generation Evo machinery.

***Watch all of Sunday’s race action on IMSA.tv, Lamborghini.com and Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold. Race 1 gets underway at 8 a.m. ET, with Race 2 set for the green flag at 4:35 p.m. ET. A weekend recap will air on NBCSN. Check your local listings.

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