VIR receives Halifax County award

VIR Receives Halifax County Improvement Council Award DANVILLE, VA -- VIRginia International Raceway was honored this week with the "Keep Halifax Beautiful" award from the Halifax County Improvement Council Award. In presenting the award to ...

VIR Receives Halifax County Improvement Council Award

DANVILLE, VA -- VIRginia International Raceway was honored this week with the "Keep Halifax Beautiful" award from the Halifax County Improvement Council Award.

In presenting the award to Charles "Pee Wee" Thompson, the track's Director of Maintenance, Council Business and Industry subcommittee Shirley Whitlow cited the track's constant work in maintaining its park like appearance. Track General Manager Josh Lief congratulated the entire Maintenance team, commenting that their "efforts are what keep VIR looking the way it does."

Thompson, in accepting the plaque, joked that he would tape it "inside the rear window of his truck, so everyone will see it" as he makes his rounds of the facility. Racers and spectators alike have commented in the past that: "it was an amazing race track. The most beautiful track I've ever been to. It's a classy race track." John Linster, an amateur racer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, had that comment after last year's 13-hour SCCA race.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia. Reopened in 2000, VIR hosts a wide range professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events, and is well established as "America's Motorsport Resort." In addition to its historic 3.27 mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park and Motorsports Technology Park, which includes the Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research ("VIPER"); the Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8 mile paved natural terrain karting circuit; an expanding variety of on-site lodging (including 45 hotel rooms and the trackside Villas which are for sale); Camp Motorsport for enthusiasts of all ages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

The next big event at VIR is the AMA Big Kahuna Superbike National on August 15-17 brings America's best Superbike racers to VIR's North Course. The weekend of October 3-5 sees GT Live and the KONI Challenge bring a combination of motorcycle stunts, drifting, track attack and endurance sports car races. These events are all combined with a wide variety of amateur and vintage road racing and schools throughout the year.

Season passes to VIR's major events include preferred parking and access to the major spectator events. For information on the track and other event schedules, call 434-822-7700 or check our web site at www.virclub.com.

-credit: vir

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