Alton, Va. (Jan. 6) -- Officials at VIRginia International Raceway today announced the appointment of Cal Frye as the facility's new general manager.

Frye, a 46-year-old native of Landis, N.C., comes to VIR from Phoenix, Ariz., where he has operated an international consulting and training business since 1994. He formerly served as general manager and instructor of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz. He also has worked in management at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia and for the Brands Hatch America driver training facility at Miami-Hollywood Speedway in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

"It would be an understatement to say that I'm pleased to be coming to VIR," Frye said. "It is the most impressive facility I've ever seen, and the staff is outstanding. VIR is everything you could imagine for a motorsports facility; a club; a school; or a park...and it's growing and improving every day. VIR already exceeds all standards, and it keeps getting better!"

"It's very exciting for me and my family to be able to come to VIR and participate. I think anyone, in any career, wants to do their job to the best of their ability. Everyone wants to be proud of their product, service or facility. VIR provides me the opportunity to do my job without compromise, 100-percent 'world-class' from the beginning. I think that's a rare opportunity that would excite anyone."

VIR co-owner Connie Nyholm said Frye would be a perfect fit in the management hierarchy at the multi-purpose motorsports facility outside Danville.

"We are so pleased to welcome Cal, his wife Lori and their six children to the VIR family," she said. "This particular position is a tough one to fill, as there are so many facets to our operation. We had heard great things about Cal, and they were all confirmed once we had an opportunity to get to know him. We can't wait to get him settled in and becoming the integral part of our organization that we know he will be."

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River 12 miles east of Danville, Va., and just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit (which is designed to be operated as two autonomous, full-service courses), VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club, and the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park. The newest addition to the facility is the VIR Euro Rally School and Corporate Motorsport Experience, which features four rally stages plus a kart track, motocross track, ATV and SUV training grounds and an advanced safari course. Future plans include the VIR Gallery, a showroom for high-end collector and racing cars, and resort lodging.

VIR made history from 1957 to 1974 and is doing so again. The renovated original circuit has 17 challenging turns and 130 feet of elevation change. In addition to spectator events, the track is also available to rent for testing, driving schools and club days.