In search of their first win since last year’s visit to Virginia International Raceway, Antonio Garcia led Friday afternoon’s practice session at VIR in the Corvette C7.R he shares with Jan Magnussen.
Despite dealing with high ambient (93F) and track temperatures (113F), the Spaniard made the most of the one-hour session to lead IMSA’s GT Le Mans field (1m41.743s) by a comfortable margin over Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ryan Briscoe (+0.519s) and his Corvette teammate Tommy Milner (+0.608s).
The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class completed its session missing one of the 10 cars entered for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. Having blown another engine in the opening practice session, the Paul Miller Racing team spent the afternoon removing the non-functioning Lamborghini V10 in the back of its Huracan GT3 and reading its replacement to make it out by Saturday morning.
Among the nine GTD cars that did set times, Riley Motorsports and the Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Holland’s Jeroen Bleekemolen (1m44.865s) could only claim to be one-thousandth of a second faster than Robby Foley in Turner Motorsport’s BMW M6 GT3 (+0.001), and behind them, Road America GTD winners Wright Motorsports Patrick Long in his Porsche 911 GT3 R in tow (+0.181s) to complete the top three.
UP NEXT: Practice 3, 8:35 a.m. ET.