IMSA is wrapping up this summer racing season this weekend at Virginia International Raceway with five series and seven races scheduled over the three days. The Michelin GT Challenge will have the second and final GT-class showdown between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM and GTD classes. It’s live Sunday, August 25 on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. ET, as well as follow live flag-to-flag coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. Qualifying will also be streamed live Saturday starting at 12:25 p.m. on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary.
The GT teams are particularly entertaining because the cars they drive look like the cars wealthy people can buy. Watch Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Pfaff Motorsports to see how they do. Both are on a run.
The Ganassi gang, specifically, No. 67 Ford GT co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook – are winners of the past two races in the top GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. the team’s No. 66 entry, shared by Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller, has finished on the podium in the last two races also with a second-place run earlier at Road America and a third-place showing last month at Lime Rock Park.
What’s more, Briscoe and Westbrook finished third in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International at the end of June. So, they head into this weekend’s two-hour, 40-minute Michelin GT Challenge with a winning streak and three podiums in their past four races.
Pfaff Motorsports and driver Zacharie Robichon are also hot. The team picked up its first WeatherTech Championship victory at Lime Rock with Robichon and Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen bringing the No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R across the line first in the GT Daytona (GTD) class by a mere 0.010 seconds ahead of the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 shared by Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher.
Moving from the shortest track on the schedule – the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park – to the longest, Road America at four miles, Robichon and the Pfaff team picked up a second consecutive win, this time with another Porsche Young Professional in Matt Campbell sharing the No. 9 machine. This time, they were a lap ahead of the second-place finishers, Bryan Sellers and Corey Lewis in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3.