Change Racing on Pole at VIRginia International Raceway
Alton, Virginia (26 August 2017)
Second consecutive pole for Change Racing in IMSA competition
Photo Credit: Jamey Price
It was another big day for Change Racing at VIRginia International Raceway as Jeroen Mul scored the second consecutive pole position for the team. The weekend has gone exactly to plan so far at the home circuit for the North Carolina team, as the No. 16 Change Racing XBOX / Monster Energy / Orion Lighting Lamborghini Huracán GT3 paced all three practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s 15-minute qualifying run.
Sunday’s 2 hour and 40 minute race marks Round 10 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the team is looking to take its first podium of the year after showing remarkable performance all year long. Though the end race results haven’t reflected that strong pace, the team is eager for a breakthrough podium result.
Mul and Lewis each showed speed at the 3.27-mile Virginia road course through Friday and Saturday’s running, Mul – who had never driven at the VIR circuit previously – put down a fast time during the final session of 1:43.223-seconds which gave him confidence going into the qualifying run.
Despite finding some traffic that hindered his fastest flying lap, Mul managed to put together another nearly identical lap on the following run to secure the pole with a time of 1:43.391-seconds.
“This is has been an absolutely great weekend for us,” said Mul. “We topped the time charts in all three practices and that gave me a lot of confidence in the car. We tried some stuff to make sure we extracted the maximum out of our Huracán GT3. Qualifying was quite exciting. My best lap at that moment was messed up by some traffic but luckily enough I was able to get another lap and put it P1. I really like this track, the scenery is great and it is absolutely beautiful to drive. Corey (Lewis) has done a great job with the car this weekend, we’ve been pushing every session. I had great grip with the Continental Tires and now I’m looking forward to a good race tomorrow.”
Team Principal Robby Benton is pleased with the team’s performance and is hoping to carry that positive momentum into Sunday’s race.
“We aren’t doing anything different than we have been,” offered Benton. “But over the last few races, we’ve just been gelling well – as a group and the drivers with each other. We just have to do all of the right things tomorrow. We’ve put ourselves in a good position and we can hopefully dictate our race. Hopefully tomorrow is a lot of green flag running. If you have an off here, it can ruin your day so we have to treat it like a street course and keep the car on the track. We need to make some good strategy calls because there are some very strong teams, and they will be coming tomorrow. We’ve done all we can do for now, we just need to stay up front and make no mistakes to convert this into something special.”
Round 10, which features only the GTLM and GTD classes, will go green on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET with LIVE coverage on FS1 beginning at 1:30 PM ET.
After earning Team and Driver Championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015, the team grew in 2016 to also campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship with the Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 in GT Daytona (“GTD”) Class competition. The team enters 2017 with a promising young driver line up with Corey Lewis and Jeron Mul sharing the driving duties on the No. 16 Monster Energy / XBOX / Forza / Windows 10/ Pertamina Lamborghini Huracàn GT3. Change Racing will also make its 5th consecutive Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo campaign as the team looks to extend its record of achievement in the category.
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