33 Touring Cars Take on Virginia International Raceway

33 Touring Cars Take on Virginia International Raceway
  • New-for-2021 TCX class continues to grow
  • TC sees 16 cars entered; 11 in TCA
  • Entry list - PDF Link

ALTON, Virginia - Thirty-three drivers and cars will line up for TC America presented by Skip Barber Rounds 5 and 6 at VIRginia International Raceway, a 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course in Alton, Virginia.

The new-for-2021 TCX class sees another boost in size with six BMW M2 CS Cup machines entered. Championship leader Jacob Ruud looks to stay perfect on the season going for his fifth and sixth wins of 2021 in the #81 Classic BMW entry. New teammate Olivia Askew will make her season debut and drive the #3 Classic BMW entry.

Roy Block, currently second in the championship standings, returns to the #5 KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering entry as does SRO veteran Steven Streimer in the #30 from Hard Motorsport. AOA Racing will make their series debut with active duty USAF:SW and USA Olympic bobsled team member Chris Walsh driving the #104. Samantha Tan and the #438 ST Racing machine join TCX for the second straight event.

15 Touring Car regulars from Honda, BMW, Hyundai, Nissan, Mazda, and Mini will compete in TC America’s closely-knit second division, known simply as TC. Mini JCW Team is back with their new machine for the class with the #60 Mini Cooper JCW Pro TC with Mark Pombo driving.

DXDT Racing and Kevin Boehm, current class championship leader after winning twice this season, will field the #9 Honda Civic Type R TC. Presenting partner Skip Barber Racing will bring two more of the same Civic Type R variants for Lindsay Brewer in the #29 and Eric Powell, who sits second in the championship standings, in the #92. LA Honda World Racing returns with its two cars piloted by Frank Szczesniak in the #73 machine and Mike LaMarra in the #37.

Long-time TC America competitors TechSport Racing bring back the #21 Nissan 370Z to the class for Rob Hines, who currently sits sixth in the championship standings. 

The BMW M240iR Cup car will continue with its commanding presence in numbers as Classic BMW returns with five entries for the marque. Hard Motorsports will field one entry from the Bavarian brand for Adam Hardin in the #31 after two point finishes at COTA. Auto Technic Racing will brings two M240iRs for Austen Smith piloting the #51 and Tom Capizzi the #52. New to the series is Garagistic with DRS, who will run two cars for Matthew Ibrahim in the #06 and Kris Valdez in the #09. 

GenRacer will field two Hyundai Veloster N TCs for Jeff Ricca, Round 3 overall winner, running the #78 and Kurt Washeim in the #88, while FTG Racing returns with the solo Mazda racer for Joey Jordan campaigning the #70.

A strong TCA championship battle is on deck with 11 cars from Honda, Hyundai, MINI, and Toyota filling the grid of TC America’s third touring car tier. Forbush Performance will prep a two Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCAs for championship leader Caleb Bacon, who swept the weekend at Circuit of the Americas, in the #18 and Luke Rumberg in the #33.

MINI JCW Team expands to two cars with the #61 Mini Cooper for Derek Jones, who finished second in his season debut at Round 3, and Clayton Williams in the #62. 

Honda makes up a large chunk of the class with five Civic Si TCAs racing. LA Honda World, Team Sally Racing, and VGMC will each bring one car a piece and Skip Barber Racing School fielding two. LA Honda World will have Mario Biundo drive the #77 machine with Team Sally Racing fielding Sally McNulty in the #780. Jose Blanco, fourth in the standings, will be behind the wheel of the #99 VGMC machine with Skip Barber Racing School prepping the #2 for Colin Harrison and #16 for Carter Fartuch, who sits third in the title hunt.
TechSport Racing will run two Toyota 86s for Michael Carter in the #22, and long-time TC America competitor PJ Groenke in the #25. 

Don’t miss action-packed Rounds 5 and 6 at VIRginia International Raceway. Each race will be streamed live for free via SRO’s GT World YouTube Channel with Race 1 taking place on Saturday, June 5th at 3:55pm ET and Race 2 going green on Sunday, June 6th at 3:35pm ET. 

Fans are welcome! Be a part of the action and enjoy an open paddock, camping, car corral, and more. Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/gtvir. 
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