VIR: Jim Lowe preview

Jim Lowe--neurosurgeon and "Man of Style" to race at VIR Philadelphia, PA--Looking back at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Race that ran in late January, race car driver Jim Lowe's first thought is "We should have won the damn race." But, Lowe ...

Jim Lowe--neurosurgeon and "Man of Style" to race at VIR

Philadelphia, PA--Looking back at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Race that ran in late January, race car driver Jim Lowe's first thought is "We should have won the damn race." But, Lowe says, "that's probably not the quote I should use, so let's just say it was a curious mix of disappointment, satisfaction and relief."

Lowe, however, doesn't dwell on "shoulda, woulda, coulda." And many view the team's 4th place finish as a great victory in light of the fact that they are this year's recipient of the SunTrust's Hard Charger Award. The award is given to the team who makes the biggest net gain during the competition.

Lowe's team--driving a Porsche 911 GT3--experienced gearbox troubles during practice helping them to qualify 31st in a pack of 54. "Obviously, we started out poorly in qualifying and ended up finishing 4th--that says something," Lowe states. "It's really a testimony to the team effort we put together. I'm overwhelmingly proud of the comeback the guys made--especially after the accident we had."

Lowe continues, "If you think about what happened to us--qualifying badly because of mechanics--but to then drive it right back up to the front was amazing--and we did that twice in the course of 24 hours."

But all that is behind him now, and Lowe is looking ahead to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series that will run on April 27 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. "This race is a little different because of the time. It's just 2 hours and 45 minutes so we're back to a different philosophy. This time it will be about outright speed and sprint."

-credit: jl

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