Alton, Va. (20 August 2020) – Returning to the track where the team made its IMSA debut just one year ago, Jr III (“Junior Three”) Racing heads to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for Round Four of the IMSA Prototype Challenge (IPC) season on Sunday, August 23rd (TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, 9:35AM ET).
The father-son driving duo of Greg and Eric Palmer will share the driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 3 Copps Industries Ligier JSP3 for the one hour, 45-minute race.
Last summer, Jr III Racing made the decision to expand its racing footprint, growing on the strong foundation that the team has established in vintage competition to add a professional racing program. With a strong schedule that includes several high-profile events, a high level of competition, and a ruleset that encourages talented driver pairings to experience all the performance on offer from an LMP3 prototype, the team focused directly on IMSA Prototype Challenge competition.
Making their debut at VIR in 2019, Jr III Racing veteran Kris Wilson piloted the Ligier. With a team that utilizes a full-time staff to prepare and support its racing programs, the first time out was a solid success, as Wilson secured the team’s first IMSA top ten finish as well as a Bronze Cup win in the debut outing for the No. 3 Ligier.
“It's hard to believe it's been one year, it feels so long ago and so short at the same time,” said Team Principal Billy Glavin. “Our first race at VIR was excellent despite the challenging conditions. We finished the race on the lead lap and took home the Bronze cup which was very exciting. Since then, our team has had tremendous growth and gained valuable experience running the Ligier LMP3 as well as running with IMSA.”
The Jr III Racing team has continued to make positive strides in its IMSA program. Racing in the category for the first time, and first time behind the wheel of a Prototype, the Palmers have been quick studies—taking the No. 3 Copps Industries Ligier to three consecutive top-ten finishes in the first half of the IPC season.
Rookie Eric Palmer will follow his father’s lead as the younger Palmer will make his first professional racing start at Virginia International Raceway as the eldest Palmer, Greg, has had success in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Championship with a podium finish in 2018 as well as two top-five finishes at the rural Virginia track.
“VIR is a high commitment track that takes a lot of focus and energy to get it right,” said the younger Palmer, Eric. “Quick and consistent lap times will be the key to performing well, along with keeping the car clean and executing a flawless pit stop. We are hopeful for a good result as our tests at the course have been pretty strong.”
With a year under the team’s collective belts now, the decision to grow Jr III Racing with an IMSA program is one that continues to deliver new opportunities for the team.
“The IMSA family has been very welcoming and generous to us as new arrivals,” said Glavin. “We are excited about racing at VIR and to celebrate our one-year anniversary. We feel very lucky and privileged to be in a position to race at VIR for the second time with IMSA especially given the pandemic, so we are excited to get back there and work hard for a strong result. This first year has been tremendous for the team and we are looking forward to many more years of IMSA racing.”
Round 4 of the 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge season at Virginia International Raceway will go green Sunday, August 23rd at 9:35AM ET. Flag-to-flag coverage is available on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
Friday, August 21st
Practice 1 – 1:35-2:20PM Saturday, August 22nd
Practice 2 – 8:50-9:20AM
Qualifying – 11:20-11:35AM Sunday, August 23rd
Race – 9:35AM All Times Eastern