Britt Casey Jr. made a strong statement this past weekend in his inaugural race in the World Challenge series held at VIR in Alton Virginia. Casey set the fastest posted times in Thursday practice and backed them up in Fridays qualifying session grabbing the pole by almost a full two seconds in his McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS which carried livery for both Autobahn Country Club as well as Miami University in Oxford Ohio were Casey in enrolled as a Junior in the Farmer Business School. The World Challenge series is new to Casey who has raced professionally in the IMSA series for the past five seasons winning last year’s Championship for Audi and Compass Racing. Casey’s strong affiliation with Audi and familiarity with the RS3 LMS chassis proved to be a winning combination for Audi and McCann who engaged Britt as a driver for their multi car team.
The weekend posed both strong highs and lows for the McCann team as it navigated the two-race event. On Saturday’s first of two 45 minute races for the weekend Casey started from the pole and lead the first 40 minutes before his Audi developed fuel pressure issues causing intermittent loss of power allowing the second and third place cars to catch and pass Casey on the white flag lap resulting in a third place finish for the number 83 McCann car. Post-race technical inspections found the third-place car under specified weight which disqualified the car and the strong team effort for the day. In preparation for Sunday’s race the team diagnosed and repaired the fuel delivery issues and made necessary weight adjustments. Casey would start at the back of the field in race two given the prior day’s infraction yet with only 15 minutes off the clock in the 45 minute race he made his final pass to take the lead which he held for the remainder of the race bringing home the victory for Audi and McCann.
In post-race interviews Casey expressed his gratitude to the team and Audi after overcoming the events of Saturday by stating, “I owe this win to the never give up attitude of this team and Audi. Yesterday was a tough one for us but the team work and support of Audi overcame the setbacks and produced our win today. I am very proud that we were able to bring home the win for all involved. Casey went on to mention the “education race car livery” as he called it on his Audi RS3. “I also want to thank the Autobahn Country Club; where I was properly trained in racing at a young age for their continued support as well as Miami University for their understanding of my time commitments involved in professional motorsports. I am proud to be a Redhawk”!