After traveling to Tampa, Florida for the final prep of two Corvette GT1 racecars sponsored by Exsys Eppinger, John Heinricy will be heading to the Road Atlanta racetrack for the SCCA Double Majors race on March 19-22. Road Atlanta is recognized as one the world’s best road courses and is situated on 750-park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia.
Heinricy will be racing the #97 GT1 Corvette, which is the same number he used to win the National Championship at Road Atlanta in 1993. “This is a bit of a homecoming for me. Or a ‘trip down memory lane,’ as some say.” The team owner Stewart Bachmann will drive the second GT1 Corvette.
There is expected to be about 12 GT1 cars in Heinricy’s class, including 2 Jaguars and the rest will be Corvettes. This class is often referred to as the “ground pounders” because of the awesome sound of the 800 HP engines accelerating down the straights. We asked Mr. Heinricy about his confidence level and he commented, “It will be very competitive and while I am certainly going for a win, this is our first time out so anything can happen. Our team is well prepared.”
Heinricy also talked about his plans for the first day at the track, “It will be a test day on Thursday March 19th and our goal is for Stewart and me to get acclimated to the racetrack.” Specific things Heinricy mentioned were evaluating the car setup and making appropriate changes to the chassis and gearing so the car will work well at Road Atlanta. Heinricy added that his team will probably bed in tires and brakes on that day as well so they have good hardware ready for the races on Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday, Heinricy will be qualifying for the races. He will have two sessions on the track to establish his best lap times. These times then are used to establish the starting order for the Saturday race with the fastest starting in front “on the pole”. For Sunday’s race, the driver with the fastest time from Saturday’s race will start from the pole.
Road Atlanta is a very storied racetrack in a picturesque setting. It's fast with very challenging turns through many elevation changes. From talking with Mr. Heinricy, it sounds like he is ready to go back for another win. “It is one of my favorite racetracks in the world and I am really excited to be back in the seat of a Corvette racecar. It feels like home!”
For more information on Road Atlanta, including race details and schedule, please visit www.scca.com.