At the end of a weekend filled with sun, rain and mud Julia Landauer earned a second place finish at Virginia International Raceway for the 18th Annual US Legend Cars World Final race. “This was a really challenging race weekend with drastically different conditions from start to finish…I’m really happy I was able to bring home a solid second place finish while also fighting for the lead at the end of the race.” This was Landauer’s last race in the Semi Pro division before moving up to the Pro division.
Landauer, who qualified sixth and finished second in her heat race, was originally slated to start the feature race from the 6th position. However, when a car failed to show up to the starting grid Landauer was bumped up to the fourth position for the start.
Holding on to fourth place at the start of the race, Landauer passed two cars to secure the second place position before a full-course caution came out for a crashed car. After the field was tightened up behind the pace car, Landauer maintained second on the restart.
Having dropped two wheels off the course in the middle of the race, Landauer fell a little behind the leader. In a late-race charge Landauer was able to close the gap to the leader until she was right on the back of his bumper. Despite her efforts, Landauer was unable to make a move on the last lap and finished a respectable second place.
“I would have loved to get the win, especially back on a road course where I got my start in racing,” Landauer said afterward, “but I’m still thrilled that we’ve had two very strong performances at the past two national races.”
“A huge thanks to CJ D’Addario, Matt Maring, Justin Thomas, everyone else at 860 Motorsports, my family and Julia Landauer Racing for helping me this whole season! And now I’m ready to move up to the Pro division for my 2015 Legends racing.”