Casey Jr Tops TCR/TCA Practice 1 as TCR Cup Driver Goes Second-Quickest
TC America newcomer Britt Casey Jr wasted no time in making an impression on the TCR field at Virginia International Raceway by setting the fastest lap in Friday morning practice.
21-year-old Casey Jr steered the #83 McCann Racing Audi RS 3 LMS TCR to a flying time of 1:55.745 in the first TCR session of the weekend presented by Henry Repeating Arms.
Second-quickest was TCR Cup class competitor Michael McCann Jr whose own McCann Racing Audi offered a competitive pace around the twisty 17-turn, 3.27-mile VIR circuit.
McCann Jr popped up late in the 35-minute session with a time of 1:58.292 to place his DSG-gearboxed car above all but one of the sequential TCR machines.
St. Petersburg winners and FCP Euro teammates Michael Hurczyn and Nate Vincenet set the third and fourth-best times in their identical Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs
Completing the top five was another TCR Cup competitor in Brian Putt, who produced a time of 1:59.550 to nip his eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi ahead of Christian Cole’s McCann Racing Audi.
In the TCA ranks, Mark Pombo led the way in the #59 JCW Mini Cooper after sneaking in his best lap of the session in right at the end.
Pombo, who is currently second in the points standings behind Nick Wittmer, ended up two tenths clear of Chris Haldeman in the #69 X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si.
Wittmer, who is searching for his third straight win with the #91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS, wrapped up practice 1 in fourth just behind the #74 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX-5 Cup of Tyler Maxson.
TCR and TCA cars will return to action at VIR later this afternoon, with a second 35-inute practice session booked for 4:10 p.m. EDT.