Posted (10/05/2008) -
C-Max/Unitech Racing Arrives Ready For 6 Hours of Racing in Virginia
Danville Virginia - October 5, 2008
C-Max/Unitech Racing arrived at the beautiful rolling hills of Virginia International Raceway ready to conclude the season with a successful 6 Hours of VIR. The Grand Am Koni Challenge season finale is traditionally a 6 hour endurance race with the ST and GS classes split into separate races. C-Max/Unitech was down to one car, the old reliable #25, after damaging the engine in the #26 at Miller 2 weeks before.
The weather was uncharacteristically fantastic, with moderate temperatures, no wind and lots of sunshine. Past races have suffered from weekend long downpours and frigid temps. The team was finding the search for grip on the track to be elusive even with the great conditions. After multiple set up changes during the 6 hours of practice time allotted the GS cars, Kris was consistently at the top of the charts. The team was confident that they had the hot set up and were set for the race.
An unusual handling problem reared its ugly head during qualifying, putting Kris in the 13th spot after 2 consecutive pole positions. The team thought they had discovered the culprit and were not worried since they had 6 hours of racing to move up.
Race day Sunday began with the team setting up for the long day of racing ahead. Kris took to the grid and the race began. The strategy was for Kris to drive a double stint; Dave would get in and do a double stint, with Kris finishing the race. The handling problem reappeared but the team was confident that changes could be made during the first pit stop to remedy the problem. All Kris had to do was keep in touch with the leaders. He had a great start, moving up to 10th right away. Suddenly, after only 20 minutes of racing, the engine in the #25 C-Max/ Unitech Racing Porsche expired, ending the race and the year. It was a disappointing end to the season, but C-Max/Unitech consistently showed excellent speed and strategy at every event and is looking forward to a great season in 2009.