Wehrheim scores first win and prepares for Grand-Am Cup debut Chris Wehrheim, accomplished karter and recent recipient of a Skip Barber Scholarship, competed in his first car race this past weekend. Chris competed in the Skip Barber Midwestern...
Wehrheim scores first win and prepares for Grand-Am Cup debut
Chris Wehrheim, accomplished karter and recent recipient of a Skip Barber Scholarship, competed in his first car race this past weekend. Chris competed in the Skip Barber Midwestern Championship at VIR.
On Saturday, Chris qualified 3rd, but because of an off track excursion Chris had to start in 10th place. The race started off in the rain, and Chris got a great start moving up to 8th after the first corner. For the next 6 laps, Chris moved through the field while catching the leaders. When coming around for the final lap, the gap to the leader was two seconds, but Chris was closing in at a rapid rate. Coming out of the famous "Oak Tree" corner onto the 3,000 foot back stretch, Chris made his move on the outside going into turn 14 and crossed the finish line in the lead. On Sunday, Chris started on pole, but made a mistake on the first lap that dropped him to 5th. After losing touch with the leaders, Chris caught second just as they crossed the finish line to finish in 3rd.
"The races were awesome and I can't wait till the next race," said Wehrheim, "I knew I had a chance to catch the leader, but in the middle of the race it wasn't looking good. The track started to dry and I pushed really hard. Though Sunday did not go as well, I am very happy to leave with the points lead."
Chris is also making his Grand-Am Cup debut this weekend at the U.S. Sportscar Invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway. He will be racing for Compass360 Racing in the ST class, and the car he will be driving is a BMW Z3 Coupe.
"My goal is to podium, and I really think this is possible as I know Laguna very well. I have never raced a sedan before, so getting used to a heavier car will be the biggest challenge."
Look for a full report following this weekend, and in two weeks the race will be aired on SPEED.