2015 has been a good year for Team Shum. All three brothers were “back on track” with their new/rebuilt rides:
- Jonathan was on track 10 days at Road Atlanta, CMP, and VIR
- Toby was on track 7 days at Summit Point and VIR
- Kenny ran 4 autocross events
To cap off the season Jon an Toby signed up for a track event at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), located mid-way between Washington, DC and Greenville, SC.
The whole family joined in for the weekend. Toby made his 4.5-hour trek to VIR way early on Friay morning to arrive by 8am for “solo day”. Mary and Oliver drove down in the Prius later that morning. Jonathan and his family made their own 4.5-hour trek Friday evening and arrived around midnight.
Over in San Francisco, Kenny autocrossed at the old Alameda Naval Air Station. He got more comfortable with his new Cayman S with each autocross, but still looked forward to the day when he wears out the crappy tires so he can replace them with stickier rubber.
It was Jonathan’s first “away event” and first time trailering to the track. The good folks at U-Haul helped Jonathan hook the trailer, but the low ride height of the 997 and not having the right tow straps still meant the car has to be on backwards.
Thankfully the “pro shop” at VIR sells the right tow straps and a little team work got the car loaded front first for the return trip.
Toby was Jonathan’s instructor for the weekend. Jonathan learned the line around VIR after his first session, and continue to picked up speed the rest of the weekend.
Toby ran into a tire issues after only one run session on Friday, but fortunately was able to drive Jon’s 997. Toby had little trouble adjusting to the car since it has the same pedal, shifter and gauges as his old Boxster. (It has more horsepower and more modern suspension though.) The 997 performed double stint duty beautifully.
More pictures from VIR: