Hanging with RST Performance
With a full weekend of racing spread between northern North Carolina and Central Virginia, we were looking for a place to stay overnight to split the drive time up a bit. As luck would have it, a northeast race team was going to be bringing their RX8 down to Virginia International Raceway for the 13 Hour Headlight Brigade endurance race by SCCA. The team, RST Performance, actually acquired one of our old RX8 chassis for another build back in 2012 and we’ve kept in contact since then. The endurance race granted us an opportunity to meet up with them and catch some sleep overnight closer to our race the next day. It was a win-win.
We arrived at VIR a bit later on Friday than expected and the RST guys were already on track doing some practice. We decided to setup camp quickly and hit the grandstands for a little preview of the cars on the track. Did some very unofficial lap tracking of the RST car and some others on track. It looked like a pretty good pack of cars were going to be running the event.
After the practice had ended, we headed over to the RST trailer and met up with Stephen and Raymond (brothers and two of the four driver team for the weekend). After introductions, we got a chance to hang around for a bit, meet their crew and headed over to the pits for some night practice and qualifying.
Here’s a short video of the pits….
Once qualifying and practice was over, we headed back to the RST trailer for some more conversations and farewells as we’d be heading out at 5:30AM the next morning for GripFest.
I’d say our short time with the guys from RST was completely worth while. It’s always fun to be amongst so many people really passionate about their team and the sport. Personally, we always like to talk to different groups and get a new perspective on racing. It was our first time at such a big SCCA road course event as we spend most our time with NASA or other programs. We were very impressed with RST Performances crew and car setup.
Let this be a warning to our friends and family – we may be calling on you in a few years, we need a crew like RST!!