Stevenson Motorsports will be back in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition at VIR this weekend as the IMSA GTD category stages its ninth race of the year. The VIR event is the only race on the 2016 IMSA calendar to feature an all-GT field with only the GTD and GTLM classes in action this weekend. At 3.27-miles long, the recently repaved track is a driver favorite with 17 turns and long straightaways creating a diverse driving challenge.
HOME RACE FOR BOTH STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS AND AUDI: The VIR event is the home race for Stevenson Motorsports with the track located some three hours away from the team’s Jacksonville, North Carolina-based shop. It’s also the home event for Audi with the organization’s headquarters located just outside of Washington DC.
In fact, the Stevenson team and all four drivers will attend the annual Audi Sport experience event at Audi of America on Wednesday. The day includes race car displays.
RACE LENGTH: 2 hours, 40 minutes
STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS DRIVER LINEUP:
No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS:
Andrew Davis + Robin Liddell
No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS:
Matt Bell + Lawson Aschenbach
STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS’ VIR HIGHLIGHTS:
– In total, Stevenson Motorsports has six podium finishes at VIR. Four came in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition, while two came in the form of Rolex Series victories:
- 2008 – Race Win – Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell (Pontiac GXP.R)
- 2009 – Race Win – Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell (Pontiac GXP.R)
- 2010 – 2nd – Matt Bell, Jeff Bucknum (Camaro GS. R)
- 2014 – 2nd – Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell (Camaro Z/28.R)
- 2015 – 2nd – Matt Bell, Lawson Aschenbach (Camaro Z/28.R)
- 2015 – 3rd – Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell (Camaro Z/28.R)
– VIR is the site of Stevenson Motorsports’ second-ever race. Team Owner Johnny Stevenson and Chip Vance piloted a Porsche GT3 RS to a ninth place finish in 2003.
– VIR is also the site of the team’s very first Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race in a Camaro GS.R with David Donohue and Jeff Bucknum. (2009)
– The 2016 VIR event marks the eighth different type of car that Stevenson Motorsports has campaigned at the track. The team has fielded a Porsche GT3 RS, Riggins Corvette, Crawford Corvette, Pontiac GXP.R, Camaro GS.R, Camaro GT.R, Camaro Z/28.R, and now an Audi R8 LMS.
ROAD AMERICA REWIND: After running in podium contention for the majority of Round 8, the team accepted a third consecutive double top-10 finish as the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 of Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis crossed the finish line in fifth while the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 of Matt Bell and Lawson Aschenbach filed in right behind in sixth. The result was less than the Jacksonville, North Carolina-based team had been hoping for, having posted their best qualifying effort of the season.
BOP Update: The Audi R8 LMS will utilize a refueling restrictor that will be 0.5 millimeter larger at VIR.
A LOOK AT 2016 SO FAR: The Stevenson Motorsports team has continued to make remarkable progress through the year after debuting its new Audi R8 LMS platform at the Daytona season-opener. The No. 6 of Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell has scored three consecutive front row starting positions as well as two podium finishes in the previous three races. The No. 9 Audi R8 LMS has also shown strong form with Matt Bell and Lawson Aschenbach starting third in the previous two races and finishing a season-best fifth at Lime Rock Park.
STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS HOSTS AUSTIN HATCHER AUCTION: Several items will be up for auction at VIR on Sunday with the proceeds going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation – an organization with a mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship.
Items up for auction include:
- One pair of race winning boots – Andrew Davis
- Two pairs of race gloves – Andrew Davis
- Andrew Davis Helmet Visor
- One pair of race boots – Lawson Aschenbach
- One pair of race gloves – Lawson Aschenbach
- Red Camaro wheel
- Blue Camaro wheel
- Camaro fender signed by all four drivers
- Camaro front bumper
- Crew helmet signed by every Stevenson crew member
Additional driver items are also expected to be auctioned off. The auction will take place at the Stevenson Motorsports transporters at 11:30 AM Sunday.
LAWSON ASCHENBACH VISITS LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: As part of the Austin Hatcher Foundation initiative, Lawson Aschenbach will make and race pinewood derby racecars with patients at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte on Thursday, August
TEAM STRATEGIST MIKE JOHNSON LOOKS FORWARD TO VIR: “Virginia should be good for us. It’s a big weekend for Audi as well because their headquarters are near there – just outside of Washington DC. We have some big events planned with them ahead of the weekend. Obviously we’ve had a lot of success in the past there and it’s the team’s home track. We have all the right pieces of the puzzle, we just need them to all fall into the right place!”
Andrew Davis, No. 6 Audi R8 LMS: “It’s always great heading back to VIR, a circuit where we have enjoyed lots of success in past events. It’s our home track for Stevenson Motorsports, so it’s a great feeling to race in front of so many of our friends and family members. We continue to build momentum in our No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS. We are very close to maximizing the performance of the new car. The fresh pavement just laid down at VIR should be just what we need, but it’s possible that grip levels will be slightly down from last year. Either way, I must commend the owners and management at VIR for working so hard to make a world class facility even better. I really enjoy the GT Only format of this race, and I’m sure that the fans are going to get an action packed race full of great battles throughout the field. The entire Stevenson Motorsports crew has been on it over the last several races, and we are going after our first victory of the season with maximum attack!”
Robin Liddell, No 6 Audi R8 LMS: “We’ve always done well at VIR in the past. I really enjoy driving there and it’s a great event. It’s the home track for the Stevenson team and family. I hope we can put on a good show there. VIR is fun to drive. I think the Audi will perform pretty well there. It‘ll be a lot of fun through the high-speed esses. The car is good in fast corners and good in braking so I’m quite excited about driving it there.”
Lawson Aschenbach, No. 9 Audi R8 LMS: “Anytime you have a race like we did at Road America when we were really strong at the beginning and then fell back at the end, you want to get back in and go racing again right away. I’m confident we’ll be good at VIR. It’s definitely an aero track, in certain parts of the corners and so forth. I’m optimistic we’ll have a good car and a good race.”
Matt Bell, No. 9 Audi R8 LMS: “VIR is the home track for the Stevensons and it might be a track that suits the Audi pretty well. We’ve been working to sort out the issues that we’ve had on the car and hopefully we’ll be strong there. I’ve said it all season long, but the fact is that we’re learning more and more about this car every time out. We feel pretty good about VIR, hopefully we’ll put on a good show there.”
Source. Sunday Group