The Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored ...
The Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored #11 Corvette Z06 of Powell Motorsports dominated the field during practice sessions today at Virginia International Raceway, clocking the fastest time of the day in afternoon practice with a 2:04.957 lap time. The Steiner/Majestic-sponsored #15 Porsche TT of Motorsport Technologies had the second-fastest time with a 2:05.947 lap time, followed by the Zippo Manufacturing #47 Mustang Saleen SR of TF Racing with the third-fastest time of 2:07.698. The fastest Super Grand Sport (SGS) times were all clocked in the afternoon practice session. The fastest Grand Sport (GS) car was the Mears Motor Coach/Champion Porsche/Fikse/Dynamic Suspension-sponsored #70 Porsche 911 of Speedsource in the morning session, while the quickest Sport Touring (ST) car was the Chambersburg Waste Paper #34 BMW Z3 Coupe of Villaconn Motorsports with a 2:14.684 lap in the afternoon session. The fastest Compact 2000 (C2K) lap was also clocked in the afternoon session by the Orangefield Citrus #43 Acura Integra GSR of Planet Earth Motorsports.
Several teams posted impressively fast times during the first official practice session of the weekend. The Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored #11 Corvette Z06 of Powell Motorsports clocked a 2:05.350 lap at 93.913 mph, nearly two seconds faster than second-fastest Zippo Manufacturing #47 Mustang Saleen SR of TF Racing. The Mears Motor Coach/Champion Porsche/Fikse/Dynamic Suspension-sponsored #70 Porsche 911 of Speedsource had the fastest time in the Grand Sport class and the fifth-fastest overall with a 2:09.119 lap. Team Lexus' #0 Lexus IS 300 was the fastest Sport Touring car during practice, recording a 2:14.956 lap, while the Tempur-Pedic/Redline Oil/Superwinch-sponsored #48 Chevy Cavalier Z24 of WTF Engineering had the fastest C2K class lap with its 2:18.552 lap.
The husband-wife duo of Rick and Cindi Ellinger, of North Potomac, Md., will compete together in this weekend's Grand-Am Cup three-hour race at the Virginia Festival of Speed. The pair will pilot the RC Imports #85 Mercedes Benz 190E in the Sport Touring (ST) class. The race will mark Cindi's first professional auto race, while Rick has competed in several Grand-Am Cup races this season. Cindi competed previously in amateur SCCA races. She will be the only female driver in the field at this weekend's endurance race.
Qualifying for the Virginia Festival of Speed Grand-Am Cup Three Hour Race will be held Saturday morning with the green flag falling to begin the endurance race at 5:00 p.m. ET. Saturday's race is the seventh in the 10-race Grand-Am Cup season. Competitors will travel to Elkhart Lake, Wis., to compete at Road America next weekend.