Race one at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is in the books. And we just have to say that we are loving the 45 minute sprint race format of TC America.
The races are run flat out and this one showed just how exciting that can be. Mark Pombo in the #59 STEP MINI JCW battle for the lead throughout most of the race with the #74 Mazda of Tyler Maxson and #91 Subaru of
Pombo initially took the lead about fifteen minutes into the event, making a power move pass Maxson before clipping the curb and riding on two wheels for what felt like an eternity. He never backed down though and continued on with the lead.
With about fifteen minutes left in the race the battle heated up even more. Pombo got wide in a corner and clipped the grass falling back to third. Two minutes later he retook second only to have Wittmer pass him in the leader in a cunning move.
It didn’t take long for Pombo to fight his way back into the lead though and he was leading the race with 10 minutes to go.
But tragedy struck as Pombo’s left front tire failed and took him out of the race.
Nate Norenberg had a masterful start in the #60 Lincoln Tech MINI JCW. He quickly moved from his starting position of eight up into fourth place. He held off a hard charging Civic for most of the race before coming across the line in third to earn his first podium in TC America.