Lone Star Caps Select Schedule of IMSA WeatherTech GTD Races With Run at VIRginia International Raceway

Lone Star Caps Select Schedule of IMSA WeatherTech GTD Races With Run at VIRginia International Raceway

22.08.2019: Gar Robinson and Lawson Aschenbach in No. 74 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 on a Track Where the Team and Drivers Have Seen Past Success Lone Star Racing is prepped and set with the No. 74 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 for this weekend’s

Gar Robinson and Lawson Aschenbach in No. 74 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 on a Track Where the Team and Drivers Have Seen Past Success

 


Lone Star Racing is prepped and set with the No. 74 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship GT Daytona (GTD) race at Virginia International Raceway, the final planned event of the team’s select schedule in 2019. The team comes to VIR with co-drivers Gar Robinson and Lawson Aschenbach ready to make their fifth season start with Lone Star Racing through support from 74 Ranch Resort and ACS Manufacturing.



The two-hour, 40-minute Michelin GT Challenge at VIR will be broadcast live Sunday on NBC Sports Network and the NBCSN app. The pre-race show begins at 1:30, with the race beginning at 1:35 p.m. EDT.



The 3.27-mile circuit is a place where Lone Star Racing has had success. Lone Star’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 turned the fastest lap of the GTD race in 2017, then set pole position and won overall in World Challenge competition a season ago.



Despite fighting a steep learning curve against the full-season competitors, Lone Star Racing has continued to improve.
“Partial season efforts are always challenging,” Lone Star Racing Team Manager AJ Petersen said. “We came in trying to establish our program against the established teams, and I think the performance has exceeded expectation. Mid-Ohio was a strong event for us the first time out, which caused us to raise expectations and push further.





The crew has continued to work better together each weekend, and we have cleaned up our rough edges and become better at our work efficiency. We are pushing to see our work pay off this weekend but understand that this is racing and we don’t control our complete destiny. We know we have a good baseline setup and look forward to coming back to VIR where we have done well historically.”



Not only has Lone Star Racing succeeded at VIR as a team, but co-drivers Robinson and Aschenbach have individually as well. Robinson took pole position and won in Trans Am 2 competition in 2017. Aschenbach led the GTD race in 2018, and has multiple podium finishes across a variety of series at VIR.



 “VIR is the most underrated track in the country, it’s high speed and rhythm sections make it one of my favorite tracks,” Robinson said. In five short races our time with Lone Star Racing has been exceptional. I think everyone was shocked as to how well everything has come together to lay down competitive times and be right in the mix everywhere we have gone. We haven’t had the result we have been chasing but the capability is there and it’s only a matter of time.”



The VIR race weekend will have a different feel, with only the IMSA GT classes a part of the race weekend. That will allow Robinson and Aschenbach to focus on what is in front of them, rather than also watching their mirrors for the faster Prototype machines that are typical to IMSA competition.



“VIR is one of the top spots on the IMSA schedule,” Aschenbach said. “Not only is the track a favorite of teams and drivers, but the facility and the fans make the GT only event a huge success every year. This circuit has incredible cornering speeds up the Esses and lots of transitions, plus some heavy brake zones that demand precision and showcase great passing zones. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing our push for a podium at VIR.”



The race weekend for Lone Star Racing gets underway on Friday, August 23 with a pair of practice sessions. Saturday brings another hour-long practice in the morning prior to a 15-minute qualifying session at 12:45 p.m. EDT, which can be seen live on IMSA.tv. That session will set the grid for Sunday’s race at 1:35 p.m. EDT.

 
 
 
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