Last week was a welcome busy one – I had the opportunity to be at both Virginia International Raceway and Road America, two of my favorite tracks. My coaching clients at both tracks had similar testing goals: learning a track that was new to them and getting their cars ready for upcoming races next month. It was exciting to feel like things are back in full swing while still taking proper safety precautions to stay healthy.
At VIR, I was working with a new client, Karl, who was not only preparing for next month’s SRO race at VIR but also acclimating to a new car. The brand-new Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport is an incredible machine that will be eligible for a new class in SRO competition.
It was a lot of fun to not only start building our coach/client relationship, but also to explore the many incredible aspects of the new GT2 RS. By the end of two days, Karl was feeling much more comfortable and we are all hungry for the race!
I then traveled to Road America for an iconic SCCA event, the June Sprints. Another Touring Car team that I’m coaching in SRO was using the event as a test weekend. It was similar to the scenario at VIR since the team drivers hadn’t driven Road America before, but this time, the cars were not a new factor. Still, we spent a lot of time fine-tuning the setup for the challenging four-mile circuit.
We had beautiful weather that was very un-Junelike, with highs in the 60s. It was rather chilly in the mornings! We had to take this into account, since we anticipate the temperature being much warmer when we come back in August, and our car setups will be a little different because of that.
It was a very busy week as well as a very productive one, and I felt incredibly lucky to be a part of it as racing starts to ramp back up. I look forward to giving the full report on those races in the upcoming weeks!