For the first time since Practice 2 at Road America, a driver other than Zach Robichon topped the time charts on Friday afternoon at Virginia International Raceway, with Anthony Imperato leading the way on the opening day of practice for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Imperato, in the No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, turned in a best lap of 1:49.400, which was slightly more than a tenth of a second over Robichon, who was second in the session.
“It went great,” Imperato said. “I really have to give it to the team this weekend for a great car. We felt strong in practice and we feel confident going into the race and qualifying tomorrow. It’s a nice way to end the day and have some momentum for the morning.”
While Imperato was quickest in the afternoon, Robichon was quickest on the day with a lap of 1:47.887 in the No. 19 Moorespeed Porsche set in the morning practice session.
Nevertheless, Imperato is looking forward to racing at VIR.
“I love it, but to be honest, I haven’t had the best runs here in the past,” Imperato said. “We had a little off today in practice before we put in the quick lap. It’s an awesome place, a great track, great facility. We’re happy to be here.”
GT3 Cup Challenge USA qualifying kicks off the Saturday schedule at VIR beginning at 8 a.m. ET. Saturday’s first 45-minute race of the VIR doubleheader weekend starts at 11:20 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on IMSA.tv.
Also on Saturday, tape delayed television coverage of the recent GT3 Cup Challenge USA weekend at Watkins Glen International will be shown via the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Check your local listings for times and channels in your area.