We got to spend a weekend at Virginia International Raceway for the Michelin GT Challenge. If you haven’t been, we highly suggest it. If you need a reason, here are four.
The photos you get to take. Of all the weekend’s pictures, our freelance photographer, Jason, was most excited about the lead photo in this article. It immediately went on his Facebook page. I’m sure his wife is very proud.
There are cars at the event to take photos of at the event, too.
Teams and drivers are readily accessible.
Just prior to qualifying, Michael Shank Racing Acura Motorsports driver Katherine Legge signed a few autographs for fans. She was happy to chat and answer questions. Though it was not Acura’s weekend, it was hard not to be a fan. Especially after getting this close to the cars.
Being a die-hard Aston fan, I was thrilled to spend time with the Automatic Racing team who is running in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series. My media credentials had nothing to do with access. Anyone could walk up and talk to the team. Talking tech, I was surprised to learn that mechanically, these cars vary only slightly from the production versions. On the track, they sounded incredible.
Imagine seeing, or even being next to, a $450,000 Ford GT in everyday life. Nearly impossible. At the race, just walk by.
There is a lot to watch. A race weekend includes practice and qualifying for several different series, not to mention the actual races. In many places, you can walk right up to a wall, or fence, for an excellent view.
It’s a great place to dream. Watching race-tuned versions of cars you can actually buy, really stirs desire. Not desire in the WeatherTech girl sense, but the motivation to plan and save for something actually attainable. In all honesty, a GT car will probably cost more in the long run than dating someone with designer tastes (unless you get married). Still, you can eventually trade up. Girlfriends and wives frown upon that sort of thing.
Watch this qualifying clip and see what we mean. Imagine seeing these cars in person. You’ll want one.