Virginia International Raceway is one of my all-time favorite US road course. It’s a proper driver’s track: The full course measures 3.27 miles and has a mix of fast and slow corners, elevation change and features technical sections coupled with some good ol’ “high risk / high reward” (also known as Big Balls) sections. You’ll encounter off-camber turns, surface changes and even blind sections. In short, it’s a complete track that requires a complete car. VIR also boasts a proper straight that lets you experience the thrill of high speed – I encountered 185+ mph in the Porsche 918 on the back straight. No wonder IMSA races there every year.
Although VIR isn’t exactly on the way from Nova Scotia to California, we did make a detour as I wanted to see how the GT3 would do, specifically in regards to its gearing. I reached out to my good friends Alex and Gail Smith whose son, Kerrigan Smith, is the Chief Operating Officer at the track. In exchange for a canvas print, Steve McQueen “Between Scenes” Kerrigan carved out some precious track time. Not only that, I had the entire track to myself!
Having a go around one of my favorite tracks in this GT3 also helped me get a benchmark for the suspension and brakes, but more about that later.
Thanks to Alex and Kerrigan Smith for facilitating our visit and private track time to VIR. The Steve McQueen canvas print is now at VIR and I can’t wait to go back!