Virginia International Raceway (commonly known as "VIR") is one of the most beautiful and scenic race tracks in North America. It is located in Alton, Virginia, near Danville. It is less than a half-mile from the North Carolina/Virginia border, just outside Milton, NC, and on the banks of the Dan River. VIR hosts amateur and professional automobile and motorcycle events. 2023 will be the first year that renowned Allen Berg Racing Schools will be offered at the historic and challenging circuit.
The track originally opened on August 3, 1957, and was created by a group of visionaries and a bulldozer. The track was closed from 1974 through 2000. The track was reopened in 2000 by New Yorker Harvey Siegel and Connie Nyholm using a "country club" model.
VIR's first official event was an SCCA race that attracted stars like Carroll Shelby, Carl Haas, Bob Holbert, Augie Pabst, Bob Grossman, Don Yenko, Dr. Dick Thompson, Walt Hansgen, and Bruce Jennings. Shelby, who would later go on to worldwide fame by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 and creating the iconic Cobra sports cars in the early 1960s, won that first feature race at VIR in a Maserati 450S. The iconic Texan uttered a quote about the track that is remembered to this day, "one lap at VIR is like a hundred at Watkins Glen."
The track currently hosts SCCA, NASA, IMSA, motorcycle, and many other public, private, professional, amateur, and testing events.
ABRS will operate on the "Patriot Course", which stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Historic Formula 1 cars frequently operate at VIR. Modern F1 cars could run at this circuit, although the track is not licensed to hold F1 races.
ABRS will use the proven Tatuus race cars as used in our programs at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The cars are carbon fibre construction, open-wheel, open cockpit, with wings, slick tires (dry running), and a 5-speed sequential gearbox with on-board data logging.
The track is about a 75-minute drive from Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, and about a 25-minute drive from Danville, Virginia.
There is the accommodation on site, but availability is very limited. Most VIR guests find that staying in Danville offers the best variety of lodging and dining options.
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