Some call Virginia International Raceway a "golf course with faster carts." But it's also one of the most demanding courses on the sports-car calendar. If the young hopefuls of Porsche GT3 Cup can't cut it here, they'll never get a coveted seat in the post-ALMS Grand Am racing world.
In the Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, the cars share a technical makeup but the racers aren't quite to spec — that's why they call it a racer's series. Like top-gun pilots, most prep for a race in one of two ways: "get pumped" or "light a candle."