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Team Camp Boggy Creek - VIR Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 22, 2014 - 03:35 PM
Team Camp Boggy Creek - VIR Preview

Bayshore Racing drivers Gunnar Jeannette and Frankie Montecalvo are headed to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend where they'll be facing a different kind of challenge than what they're normally used to.


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For the second time this season, the Prototype Challenge class will be running with the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship cars in two 45-minute sprint races.

While the two types of cars have raced together previously, the format for this weekend’s two races will be different from what was used at Kansas earlier this season.

Per IMSA, the bronze or silver driver (Montecalvo) will qualify on Saturday morning and then start the opening round that evening, with points being awarded for each position.

The team then has the option of running the starting driver or a gold– or platinum-rated driver (Jeannette) for the second round on Sunday morning with points being given for this race as well.

Following the second race, points from both sprint races will be combined and will determine the official finishing order and the official points allocation for the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR.

Montecalvo and Jeannette will be looking to get back on the podium for a second time this year. The PR1/ Mathiasen Motorsports drivers were on their way to an almost guaranteed podium finish at the last round at Road America but contact on a restart in the final minutes relegated the Camp Boggy Creek / Bayshore Family of Companies PC car to seventh.

With three events remaining this season, Montecalvo and Jeannette sit fourth in the PC class driver standings.

The action will get underway at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course on Friday, August 22 with two practice sessions. Qualifying for the first race will take place on Saturday at 11:15 am ET with Race #1 going green at 5:15 pm ET later that day. Race #2 will start at 10:45 am ET Sunday, August 24, 2014. Both races, as well as the qualifying session, will be streamed live on www.imsa.com.

Driver Quotes
Frankie Montecalvo
“Even if the first race now counts towards the final points allocation, we’ll still approach it the same way we did at Kansas. I’m looking forward to qualifying as I did pretty well at Kansas, nearly qualifying on pole. Hopefully I can do better this time and get pole position.

“The 45-minute format is definitely different though. It’s not really what I enjoy doing. I prefer the actual ‘endurance platform’ as far as sports car racing goes. One similarity is that we still need to stay out of trouble, but the sports car endurance racing platform pretty much goes out the window after that because qualifying becomes much more important. You need to qualify at the front and stay there. It’s really a sprint race mentality from start to finish because if all goes to plan, there shouldn’t even be a need for any pit stops.

“Virginia International Raceway is a really cool track. The last time I raced there was in GRAND-AM with the Ford Mustang Boss 302R, I think it was 2010. So it’s been four years since I’ve been there and I know they’ve changed it so it will be a little bit of a learning experience getting back there. We’ll need to shake off the dust.

“I’m looking to get on that podium this weekend. We’ve had a really tough season so far, from being so close at the last race where we pretty much had a locked in third place and being taken out on that restart. I know everyone at PR1 is trying really, really hard to get on the podium and we’re not too happy with that last race, so hopefully we can have a different outcome this weekend aboard our Camp Boggy Creek / Bayshore Family of Companies car.”

Gunnar Jeannette
“Virginia International Raceway is a great circuit and the layout is really fun to race on. I look forward to taking our Team Boggy, Bayshore PC car out on track there. It’s just unfortunate that we have two 45-minute sprint races instead of a proper sports car endurance race.

“I can’t say I’m a fan of these sprint races but they certainly make things interesting! You have to have a completely different mindset in the race, other than trying to stay out of trouble, which is a must for any race, but it’s worse in sprints because before you know it the race is over and one small mistake can make a huge difference in the final result. In an endurance race, there’s time to possibly make up for small hiccups. It’s a completely different mentality than what we’re use to.

“I’m really hoping that we can have a good weekend. It hasn’t been easy and being taken out in the final minutes at Road America was very frustrating, especially since we were on our way to a podium finish. The goal is the same as usual. A win would be really nice. Hopefully we can have two strong finishes in each sprint race and come out on top at the end of the weekend.”

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