TAVAERES, Fla. - The Heart of Racing drivers Mario Farnbacher and Ian James are ready for the long and undulating VIR circuit for this weekend's running of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Oak Tree Grand Prix to run at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), Aug. 21-23.
Farnbacher (Ansbach, Germany) and James (Phoenix, Ariz.) are ready to get back to podium form, scoring three so far this year with big wins at Sebring in March and Detroit in June. The duo are just 17 points out of the IMSA GTD championship lead with 182 points. The duo like the challenging 3.27-mile, 17-turn natural terrain road course located north of Alton.
"VIR is a fast circuit that has a really nice flow to it," Farnbacher said. "My favorite section is definitely the Esses. We take that section in sixth gear, flat, and it is an awesome feeling. You will see some great photos of the car with four wheels off of the ground through that section. We had an engine issue at Road America, so we need to have a strong run at VIR. Our goal is win to win that thing!"
James is looking to get some points back after Road America.
"I have a few wins at VIR in the Continental Series," James said. "The track is definitely a high downforce circuit and maybe that is one of the weaker areas of the Porsche. But, the Alex Job Racing Porsches are always up front and I expect the same at VIR. We have been a contender every race. We had some tough luck at Road America with the engine, so we have some points to make up. The Alex Job Racing guys will have a good Heart Racing Porsche ready to go right off of the truck."
Team owner, Alex Job, is planning ahead.
"We have three races to go in the season," Job said. "We have had some good finishes this year, winning at Sebring and a podium at Detroit and Laguna Seca. We've had some car issues, but we just need to focus on these last three races and make sure we gather as many points as possible at each event. If you can get to Petit Le Mans in the hunt, anything can happen."
The TUDOR United SportsCar Series will travel to Virginia International Raceway for the Oak Tree Grand Prix to run Aug. 21-23. The VIR race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 starting at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday. Qualifying on Saturday can be viewed at IMSA.com starting at 4:40 p.m.
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