2008 Grand-Am Rolex 250 at Virginia International Raceway
Story by Harry Kennison, photos by Jeffrey Elmore & Scott Hill
The Shenandoah Region was well represented at Virginia International Racway (VIR) for this year's Grand-Am Rolex 250, with several club members including Jeffrey Elmore, Gary Hagar, Alex Smith, Weldon and Phyllis Scrogham, Kerrigan Smith, and Mackenzie from CDOC making the trip down to the scenic 3.3 mile road course near Danville, Virginia the last weekend in April.
Overcast skies threatened to rain on their parade, but fortunately held off for the race. This may not have been what the Porsche GT3 contingent would have liked in the 26-car GT division, where a slick track might have favored the Porsches instead of the big V-8 Pontiac GXP's. However, in the closely contested GT class the Porsche #67 TRG GT3 driven by Spencer Pumpelly and Tim George finished second to the Pontiac GXP. The #86 Leh Keen/Eric Lux GT3 Cup Porsche finished a strong third ahead of the other Pontiacs, Mazda RX-8s, and Corvettes.
Things looked promising for Porsche in the Daytona Prototype division with the #58 Brumos Porsche-Riley driven by David Donohue and Darren Law qualifying third on the grid and with the #23 Ruby Tuesday Porsche-Crawford of Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen alongside in the fourth spot. The race was another story as the Brumos Porsche went out with a gearbox problem, and the Alex Jobe-prepared Ruby Tuesday machine soldiered on to take seventh after leading the race for several laps during pit stops.