Spec racing got
under way on Saturday at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). A record
crowd for a non-National event showed up with many of the guys doing
practice on Friday.
The VIR weekend doesn't count for points for the Spec Racers and the
highlight is a 3.5 hour enduro for Sunday. There have been a ton of new
drivers renting cars and working on their licenses so spectactors have
seen non-stop Spec car action on the track.
For the short Saturday sprint race, it was just Ed Boothman and Dan Elam
that were going to play with the rest of the drivers planning to wait
for the main race on Sunday.
Dan and his father Harry Elam share driving duties and also help as
instuctors. One student's mechnical troubles meant that he missed
qualifying and would start at the back of the back. When Harry's session
ran long, it meant that he brought the car into Dan with an unknown
amount of gas.
Elam had a very strong start muscling his way up through the field to
pass about 12 cars down into turn 1.
He ran out of gas in turn 2.
Elam finally got the car restarted and limped around the pits where he
put some gas back in the car and went off to play. Boothman cruised to a
multi-lap class win.
It's been a fun weekend so far and we'll be posting some live data for
the Charlie Gibson 300 in just a few hours.