Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Starts on Row Six for IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship GTD Race at VIR

Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Starts on Row Six for IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship GTD Race at VIR

25.08.2019: Rain-Tire Gamble in Qualifying Comes Up Just Short and Gar Robinson Starts Sunday’s Race 12th Before Handing Off to Lawson Aschenbach Gar Robinson qualified the No. 74 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 on the sixth row for tomorrow’s IMSA Weathe

Rain-Tire Gamble in Qualifying Comes Up Just Short and Gar Robinson Starts Sunday’s Race 12th Before Handing Off to Lawson Aschenbach


Gar Robinson qualified the No. 74 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 on the sixth row for tomorrow’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Michelin GT Challenge race in a semi-wet qualifying run Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).

Robinson, who co-drives with Lawson Aschenbach, starts 12th in the GT Daytona (GTD) field for the two-hour and 40-minute race that airs live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) tomorrow, Sunday, August 25, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

With the track wet from off-and-on morning rain but beginning to dry, Lone Star Racing gambled on rain tires as the right decision for qualifying. Unfortunately, the track continued to dry and left the No. 74 and four other competitors on rain tires at a disadvantage to the rest of the slick-tired field.

Robinson’s top time of 1:56.054 (101.435 mph) still came on his seventh of eight laps on the 3.27-mile VIR road course in the 15-minute qualifying session. Sunday’s forecast calls for dry conditions.

“I know we were pretty quick toward the beginning of the session, but I think everyone's slick tires started coming up,” Robinson said. “It was a gamble we took. We were hoping it was going to rain again. On the bright side, we can start on stickers tomorrow and most of the others can't. I would like to see a long run tomorrow, but I don't think that is in the cards. The competition has been pretty frisky the past couple of days. I think the end of my stint and the end of the race will be pretty exciting.”

Robinson, Aschenbach and the Lone Star Racing team are confident in their Mercedes-AMG GT3, which runs with support of ACS Manufacturing and 74 Ranch Resort, in race conditions.

“Our car has been fairly stout in the dry,” Aschenbach said. “I'm happy with our long run pace at the moment. It remains to be seen where everyone is, but overall, I'm pleased with the progress this weekend. We seem to be going in the right direction. Trying to balance everything at a place like this is pretty tough, with all the curb striking and high-speed corners. I'm optimistic that if things fall our way, we have a strong car to fight for a podium.”

Sunday’s schedule begins with a 20-minute final warm-up practice session at 9:05 a.m. EDT, with the featured Michelin GT Challenge IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m. EDT.

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