SCC: VIR finale sponsors announced

Wheel Enhancement, EMC Mechanical named sponsors of Grand-Am Cup GS season finale at VIR Alton, Va. (September 22) -- Wheel Enhancement and EMC Mechanical will serve as title sponsors of the Grand-Am Cup Series six-hour Grand Sport race at ...

Wheel Enhancement, EMC Mechanical named sponsors of Grand-Am Cup GS season finale at VIR

Alton, Va. (September 22) -- Wheel Enhancement and EMC Mechanical will serve as title sponsors of the Grand-Am Cup Series six-hour Grand Sport race at VIRginia International Raceway, October 6-8. The Wheel Enhancement GS Enduro presented by EMC Mechanical is the 2006 Grand-Am Cup season finale and will be the deciding factor in its tightly fought GS points race.

The Wheel Enhancement GS Enduro presented by EMC Mechanical is not the first foray into the Grand-Am Cup Series for the two companies. Both are major sponsors of Synergy Racing, which is based at the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park, and campaign the No. 81 Wheel Enhancement Porsche 997 of Patrick Long and Brent Martini in the GS class.

With the team they support embroiled in the fight for both the driver and team championships in the GS class, Wheel Enhancement and EMC Mechanical have chosen to further support the team and series as sponsors of the season-ending race on the team's home track of VIR.

"We're pleased that Wheel Enhancement and EMC Mechanical have chosen to sponsor the Grand-Am Cup GS season finale at VIR," said Josh Lief, VIR general manager. "We anticipate the Wheel Enhancement GS Enduro presented by EMC Mechanical will be an exciting finish in a hard-fought points race, and I know Wheel Enhancement and EMC Mechanical are expecting the same--with hopes that their Synergy-sponsored entry will be on top.

"Of course, as the hosting track we are supposed to be unbiased, but with Synergy being a longtime member of the VIR family and the team's sponsors choosing to also sponsor this event, you'll probably catch us smiling a little wider when the Synergy Porsches do well here."

Based in Culver City, Calif., Wheel Enhancement specializes in wheels and tires for Porsche automobiles, providing its customers with numerous options to ensure they get the look they want. Wheel Enhancement deals in new Porsche factory alloys, like-new or restored Porsche alloys and aftermarket wheels from some of the best manufacturers, including HRE, Kinesis, Fikse, BBS and Champion. In addition to selling directly, Wheel Enhancement exchanges straight, true factory alloys for factory alloys pre-finished to the customer's specifications or aftermarket wheels. Wheel Enhancement also refinishes factory Fuchs alloys, including restoring, anodizing, polishing and chrome plating, in addition to exchanging scratched and curb-damaged factory alloys for new or refinished factory alloys.

EMC Mechanical may be Central Virginia's one mechanical construction company that is both big and flexible, diversified and focused, customized and value-oriented. It is an open shop specializing in plumbing, piping, HVAC and refrigeration solutions, including design build, fabrication, installation, mechanical retrofit and service and maintenance. Based in Richmond, Va., EMC is committed to meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations while maintaining solid safety ratings.

The Wheel Enhancement GS Enduro presented by EMC Mechanical will feature high-performance coupes and GT cars such as the Porsche 997, Nissan 350Z, Mustang GT, Pontiac GTO and BMW M3. Also on the weekend schedule is a six-hour enduro for the Street Tuner (ST) class, featuring smaller high-performance coupes, sedans and roadsters including the Chevrolet Cobalt SS, Acura RSX-S and TSX, Mazda RX-8, BMW 330, BMW Z4 and Mini Cooper S. Driver, team and manufacturer championships will be up for grabs in both classes, all to be decided in the longest races in series history. Also on tap for the weekend is the first-ever east-coast appearance of GT LIVE, an interactive festival for tuner-car and sport bike enthusiasts that is the wave of the future for young motorsports enthusiasts.

Advance three-day Super Tickets for the GT LIVE Weekend are priced at $40, with advance single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday priced at $20. At the gate, three-day Super Tickets will be priced at $50 with single-day tickets priced at $20 (Friday) and $25 (Saturday and Sunday). Fans can upgrade their weekend with a VIP Pass for an additional $65, which will include catered meals on Saturday and Sunday. VIR is a family-friendly facility, where children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Spectator camping is available. Call 434-822-7700, ext. 116 or 300 for advance ticket sales.

-credit: garra

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