if not a win. One other competitor to
consider is Wilson Wright Jr., who has
three GT- 4 championships and won in
the same car he’s bringing this year.
Even with the other competitors in
the mix, the toughest challenge that
Shadowen and Huffaker will face is
probably themselves. Both are entered
in two different classes, which is always
a difficult task. Huffaker will compete
in FP in the same Midget, which
means he will be making changes
to fit the class rules throughout the
week. Shadowen, meanwhile, will split
his weekend between GT-L and P2,
a new class for him, driving a West
WX10. It is likely that both are relieved
that the GT-Lite race is on Saturday
afternoon and their other races
are not until Sunday morning.
We expect Tony Ave (LEFT, 04) to lead the GT-1 field to the checker
at the VIR Runoffs. In GT- 2, we anticipate eight-time Runoffs winner
Andrew Aquilante (LEFT, 33) will record Runoffs win number nine.
(BELOW) Even with 10-time Champ Joe Huffaker contending, we
believe Peter Shadowen and his Honda will be victorious in G T-Lite.
Mark Boden, and Tim Kezman into the
mix. Scott Rettich (usually a Formula
Atlantic racer), in a TA2 Camaro,
could be a wildcard in this battle.
It’s anyone’s race in GT- 2, but we’re
predicting Aquilante, Allen, and Kezman
on the podium when the dust settles.
Just like in GT-1, we’re predicting
Tony Ave for the win, this time in
GT- 3. Ave will be behind the wheel
of Joe Kristensen’s “old” Acura, as
Kristensen has spent 2019 developing
a new Honda Civic. Ave has his eye
on a group of competitors, all with
one thing in common – the engine.
“Jeff Dernehl will be tough,
Stacy Wilson should be tough, my
buddy Rob Warcocki is going to be
fast,” Ave tells us, adding, “Anyone
in a good Mazda has a chance.
“It might be the race to watch
of the weekend,” Ave concludes.
“I wish I could say I’d run away
with it, but there’s no way.”
Would anyone in their right mind
bet against Peter Shadowen
or Joe Huffaker for the GT-Lite
race? Shadowen has two Runoffs
championships and Huffaker has a total
of 10. That is to say, both know how to
win, and we expect them to be wheel-to-wheel for the duration of the GT-L race.
According to Shadowen, both
Ryan Kristoff and Troy Ermish (last
year’s GT-L champion) are fast and
will be in the hunt for a podium finish,