NASCAR has been running road courses for a while. There is even debate floating about for having a road course in the final “Chase” portion of the Sprint Cup season. The “Big Guns” are racing the storied course at Watkins Glen this weekend (8/10-11).
However, few sanctioned development series offer the up and coming drivers a taste of the twists and turns found on road courses. This year, the K&N Pro Series (East) is doing so. The western series has been, which includes Sonoma also on the Sprint Cup schedule.
The East series now has Virginia International Raceway on their schedule as the first visit to a road course. Later, they will run at Road Atlanta. That is later… The first, at VIR, is coming up fast on August 23rd and 24th.
We’re used to seeing Grand-Am, and coming in October, American Le Mans as well as other sports car series running laps around this little bit of beauty tucked away in Southside Virginia. Heavy, and somewhat cumbersome, stock cars are something different. Sprint Cup and Nationwide series test here annually because of some rules about sanctioned tracks and sanctioned testing and all that but racing stock cars, under a NASCAR series title, is something new. (more…)