I didn’t think things could get much better after an awesome Alabama Grand Prix but the Nissan Grand Prix of VIR blew things out of the water for me. What a fantastic weekend I had there!
Here’s some pix:
You know you’re in Virginia when your local supermarket is called: Piggly Wiggly 🙂
Love all this GT3 machinery of the SRO/PWC partnership…
The best part of arriving on promoter’s test day is the ability to take some pix of cars on track and all the stuff being unloaded in the paddock:
Back in the garages:
One thing I don’t really get… NISSAN dropped the factory GT3 GT-R NISMO program but they still sponsor this Grand Prix (and VIR)
I think I was the only marshal camping there… same spot as last year.
Most race tracks out there want racing fans to come to the circuit to check out the beautiful machinery racing there. Not Spa 24h. At 4pm on the Wednesday leading up to the big endurance race a number of race cars leave Spa-Francorchamps under their own steam to drive a few kilometers to the center of Spa along roads lined with spectators taking pictures and admiring the incredible GT3 machinery. Instead of having people come to the track, Spa 24h organizers bring the cars to the people and the city center gets pretty crowded as a result.
I was one of the spectators in the center of Spa eagerly awaiting the arrival of the race cars. My friend Pol and I had just arrived from Flanders and this was going to be the first glimpse of the race cars I’d get for this event. Spa was abuzz with excited people like me. We sat down at one of the outdoor bars for an ice cold Kriek beer surrounded by race fans, members of the crew from various teams, and even drivers. It became obvious we were surrounded by drivers when a fan with a thick stack of pictures of race cars started walking around asking for autographs from young kids wearing team t-shirts.
I asked Pol to snap a few shots of me with the famous background, and then the cars rolled in, parked and the huge crowd of people quickly started swarming them with their cameras clicking away.
Big thumbs up to the SRO, the RACB and Spa for doing this parade!