Spring is always a special time at Area 81 Racing’s home track VIRginia International Raceway. The air is crisp & cool and the VIR facility is a beautiful display of springtime color. It is easy to understand that VIR is referred to as “America’s Favorite Motorsport Resort “. Qualifying took place early Friday AM and Richard quickly turned his fastest lap ever. Unfortunately, Tim discovered a cooling issue which would challenge him for the rest of the weekend. During the remaining Qualifying sessions, Car 81 helped monitor the coolant leaking from Car 18, while Tim kept an eye on his gauges. Saturday Race 1 resulted in Richard improving position to 5th place after a spirited drive, while Car 18 team diligently changed a head gasket. The whole Area 81 Racing team worked thru Saturday to insure Tim got back out on track for Sunday’s race. Visiting Sponsor – Frank Slightom of ElecMech/Briky Coolers was shown how Area 81 Racing can bounce back from adversity and finish strong in a field of 13 F1000 cars. For Sunday’s Race 2, both drivers improved from their positions to finish Richard 5th & Tim 7th, earning the team the Sunoco / USF1000 $ 150.00 Hard Charger award.Read More
At less than three hours tow, Carolina Motorsports Park is the closest active road racing track to the Waterfall/Area 81 Racing home base. It also played host to the Buck Muse Memorial Double SARRC this Easter weekend. Tim Pierce and the Car 18 crew made the short drive to Kershaw SC to defend the FB track record, set less than 10 months ago at the Memorial Monster. The team felt right at home while taking Pole Position during Saturday qualifying and 1st in Class during the Saturday race (2nd overall). Sunday was more of the same, with Car 18 qualifying 2nd overall and finishing the race 1st overall and 1st in Class.