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VIR Weekend Notebook

Sportscar365’s weekend notebook from Virginia International Raceway…

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***Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands is back to a traditional two-race event following last month’s Porsche Together Fest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that featured three 45-minute races. The championship will conclude with another triple-header at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta next month.

***Pro class championship contender Parker Thompson is assisting ACI Motorsports as a driving coach for Curt Swearingin in exchange for seat time to test. 

***Joseph Lombardo, who won his first two professional races at Indianapolis in the Pro-Am 991 class, will miss this weekend’s event due to a conflict.

***TPC Racing’s Vernon McClure is making his second appearance at the track this year, which is the closest on the IMSA schedule to both McClure’s home in Chesterfield, Virginia and the TPC shop in Jessup, Maryland. McClure challenged for a podium position in the Porsche Sprint Challenge back in June, and races in the Pro-Am category this weekend. 

***Sebastian Carazo has been named as one of ten finalists in the IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship. The native of Puerto Rico, who campaigns the No. 27 for Kelly-Moss Road and Race, is the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold class champion and is part of the 2021 Porsche Junior Program North America.

***Carazo, who joins four women and five men of diverse backgrounds, is one of three drivers selected with direct ties to Porsche single-make racing. The others being recent Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Carrera Cup driver Jaden Conwright and Sabré Cook, who was the first woman to podium in a Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama event.

***Carrera Cup North America Series Manager Brian Blocker will enjoy the beauty of VIR by camping on-site throughout the event.

***A total of 33 Porsche-built race cars are taking part in the event across three series: WeatherTech Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge and Carrera Cup North America.

***Race 1 of the weekend gets underway Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, with Race 2 slated for a 12:15 p.m.. start on Sunday. Both races will be streamed live on and featuring Radio Le Mans commentary.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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