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Who Says You Can’t Go Home? GB Autosport's Scrogham Back to VIR This Weekend
Posted by: newsla on Aug 20, 2014 - 06:28 AM
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Who Says You Can’t Go Home? GB Autosport's Scrogham Back to VIR This Weekend


As the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship enters the home stretch of its season, GB Autosport Team Manager Cole Scrogham also makes his way home to Virginia International Raceway.

 

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Known and respected throughout the paddock not only for his success campaigning Porsches, but also for his calm and cool nature, Scrogham’s history is inextricably intertwined with Porsches, and he is happy to consider Virginia International Raceway “home”.

A native of Waynesboro, Virginia, just two hours north of the historic track, Scrogham’s passion for cars and racing began with his family. After his return from a tour in Germany with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1957 (coincidentally, also the year VIR first opened), Scrogham’s father, Weldon, bought a 1960 Porsche Coupe. What started out as a hobby, working on and repairing his car, quickly turned into a profession when others started to come to him for repairs as well.

In 1968 his father Weldon and Uncle Gary began a service shop, calling it G&W Sales and Service. Around the same time he opened the shop, Weldon began racing Porsche Speedsters in E-production as the small repair shop began its transformation into what later became G&W Motorsports.

Scrogham took over G&W Motorsports in 1996 and the racing program was very successful, fielding multiple cars in multiple series, including GRAND-AM, World Challenge and Grand-Am Cup.

The multi-car campaigns across multiple categories saw the team grow, taking advantage of the opportunity that moving to the then-newly revitalized Virginia International Raceway facility presented, setting the team up in a new shop space that was just a stone’s throw from the track itself.

In 10 years of racing with Scrogham at the helm, the team evolved from G&W into Synergy Racing in 2004 and experienced significant success, scoring an impressive eight championship wins with four team championships and four driver championships.

Recently chosen by Car and Driver Magazine as one of the top-six road courses in the nation, VIR is synonymous with great racing in the sports car world and with Scrogham’s extensive history at the track, he is pleased to call it home and looks forward to writing the next chapter in his history there this weekend.

“It is a classic track that’s of course been updated and now this year there is new pavement and improvements to the paddock, so everyone is looking forward to being there, but I might be at the top of that list!” laughed Scrogham, who managed the Synergy Racing effort to take four podiums and two wins at the home track.

Scrogham’s familiarity with the track, which was refreshed with a win as strategist and team manager with BAR1 last season, will have added benefit this weekend as the 2014 IMSA season marks yet another new venture for Scrogham with GB Autosport. His homecoming this year will be the first outing at the track for the first-year GB Autosport squad, which carries the same No. 81 on the Tully’s Coffee-sponsored Porsche that has long been connected to Scrogham.

“It is absolutely like coming home for me this weekend and I’m looking forward to it,” said Scrogham, who had wound down the Synergy Racing business to focus on his efforts as in the vintage Porsche discipline before he returned to motorsport to steer the GB Autosport effort. “I’m really proud of how much progress this young team has made this year, and it’s particularly exciting to be heading to VIR. Hopefully we can put it all together and come through with a big result, it’d be great to do that here at home.”

The Oak Tree Grand Prix weekend will open with practice on Friday, August 22, with the combined GTLM and GTD grid being set in qualifying on Saturday (live coverage available atwww.imsa.com). The two hour, forty-five minute race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports1 starting at 4:00 PM ET.


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