— Jeff Glucker (@jglucker) September 24, 2018
Neel Jani is a superhero behind the wheel of a race car. Recently, the Swiss driver made headlines when he set a new (non race) lap record at Spa-Francorchamps while piloting Porsche’s insane 919 Evo. That lap has since been bested by Sebastien Vettel and his Formula 1 car, but it’s still a hell of an achievement for Jani and the Porsche. Now Jani is Stateside, and he’s spending a bit of time at Virginia International Raceway, as evidenced by the tweet posted above.
Could Jani have set a new fast lap at VIR?
This is speculation on our part, but it’s highly likely that Jani is in town to get in some seat time with the 919 Evo before the car is shipped off to Laguna Seca for the Rennsport Reunion.
While Jani is in Virgina, perhaps he and the car are working to break yet another track record. Right now, the top time (Full Course) is 1:35.434 and it was set by Klaus Graf in 2012. He used a Honda Performance ARX-03a, which is basically an open-top prototype race car. Jani’s 919 Evo should be quite a bit faster.
It’s almost certain that Porsche will set to top the fastest time at Laguna Seca. Perhaps it’s already done so at VIR.