ALTON, Virginia – Home race week has arrived for DXDT Racing as the Fanatec GT World Challenge America returns to VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) for rounds five and six of the 2021 championship. The exciting week of sports car racing will be a special one for the Statesville, North Carolina-based team, not only because it will be their first race at VIR as a “home track,” but it will be the first weekend since April 2020 that fans will be allowed to attend and access the paddock.
DXDT Racing underwent significant growth in preparation for the 2021 race season, expanding the GT World Challenge America effort, supplying two entries in the new GT America Series, and moving up to a new class in the TC America Championship. This weekend will be the first time since the COVID 19 pandemic started that the team will be able to show fans the fruits of their expansion in person: from the increased car count to the expertise of the engineering team and the growth of their expert crew, the team will have their strengthened effort on full display in all three series.
In honor of Memorial Day, VIR, in conjunction with Operation Motorsport and the USO, has turned the race weekend into a “Salute to Service,” offering free admission to all Active Duty service members, and 50% off for veterans. The track has also organized a special car corral where all proceeds will benefit Operation Motorsport, an organization that works with teams across professional auto racing to engage ill and injured service members and veterans affected by military service to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation. For event information and tickets, visit virnow.com/events.
David Askew | #63 CrowdStrike/ DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
I'm so happy to get back to VIR. I just love the place. It's literally the "greenest" racetrack on the planet. Since we've moved the shop to NC, and being 2.5 hours away, it's kind of become "our" home track. We've tested a bunch including just a few weeks ago and the AMG GT3 is usually pretty strong at VIR. What I'm most looking forward to is fans in the paddock! They really add a lot to the experience and it's been weird without them.
Ryan Dalziel | #63 CrowdStrike/ DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
VIR is one of my favorite tracks and it’s a favorable AMG layout so we are looking forward to a good race for the No. 63 car. We have had an up and down season so far so we really need to get our championship back on track and have a good, solid, and trouble-free weekend. We had a great test here last month and David ran his fastest laps ever there so I feel good about our weekend in advance.
Colin Braun | #04 CrowdStrike/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
It’s amazing to look back at the last year to see how we all have continued to progress. Everyone on this program takes every opportunity to learn. It’s a team effort that continues to pay off with race victories. Last year’s win with George at VIR really set us on a course where we feel like we can win every time out. It shows how the work and effort we put into our racing pays off.
Erin Vogel | #19 CrowdStrike/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
I love VIR. It's a challenging track that rewards patience, thoughtfulness, and confidence. Driving the car flat out up the esses and into the braking zone for Turn 10 lap, after lap, after lap, is a little bit insane, and combined with the more technical corners, it's just a track that has incredible rhythm. In early May, we had a very successful test at VIR and so we're feeling very strong as a team coming into the race weekend.
Michael Cooper |#19 CrowdStrike/ DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
There’s nothing quite like racing at VIR. That risk/reward factor of a natural terrain road course is something that can’t be replicated. We’re lucky to be able to compete at a number of great tracks such as this one. VIR rewards a car and a driver that can be consistent not just over a lap but throughout an entire race. The Mercedes has always been strong in Virginia for a variety of reasons; the track just suits the car very well so I’m looking forward to getting back to racing with Erin.