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GT LIVE Brings The Future of Motorsports to VIR Alton, Va. (September 5) -- One of the most unique motorsports events ever to take place in the eastern United States will be held at VIRginia International Raceway over the ...

GT LIVE Brings The Future of Motorsports to VIR

Alton, Va. (September 5) -- One of the most unique motorsports events ever to take place in the eastern United States will be held at VIRginia International Raceway over the weekend of October 6-8, as GT LIVE makes its first-ever east coast appearance in conjunction with the season finale for the popular Grand-Am Cup Series.

GT LIVE is an event targeted directly at younger enthusiasts, and can be best described as an "interactive motorsports festival." Not only can fans come out and spectate at the races, they can actually participate in a number of motorized activities:

GT Sim Race: The GT Sim Race brings fans closer to pro road racing action than they ever thought possible. This unique passenger ride-along program puts spectators in the passenger seats of some of the hottest Grand-Am Cup and Time Attack cars.

Tarzan's Lap Battle: Time Attack is the latest craze among tuner-car enthusiasts since the advent of drifting, and gives car owners a safe and exciting environment to test their machines against the clock and each other in a one-up, timed-lap format. Tarzan's Lap Battle allows amateurs to see what their street-legal cars can do on VIR's 1.1-mile Patriot Course. Drivers of the top three cars in each of six categories (Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Toyota) will have the option to turn their cars over Time Attack King and Tsukuba Circuit Champ, Tarzan Yamada, who will attempt to beat the winning time set by the car owner in their own car and offer tuning and set-up advice.

GT Live Rally-X: Rallying is one of the world's most popular form of motorsport. Fans at GT LIVE will be able to see if they have what it takes, driving their own car on VIR's gravel rallycross circuit.

VIR Karting Zone: At GT LIVE, fans can hone their driving skills at VIR's state-of-the-art Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8-mile, 24-foot-wide paved karting circuit with electronic timing and scoring, driving our fleet of 50cc Zip karts.

NCCA Car Show: The National Custom Car Association-sanctioned Car Show at GT LIVE is a fair, fun, and exciting competition with a starting purse of over $1,000 and awarded points that will accrue toward NCCA National Championship scores. The total purse could go as high as $3,700 depending on the number of registered participants. Participants competing in various categories are awarded trophies or plaques and points based on show performance.

Impact Custom Bike Show: Impact Paint & Coatings is proud to present the Impact Custom Bike Show at GT LIVE. The hottest custom bikes on the east coast will be presented for judging competition. Shops, builders and individuals are invited to participate.

Fan Festivals: A number of marque-specific groups will be holding regional festivals at GT LIVE in which fans can participate. Among these will be the first-ever Spoon Sports Festival, featuring famed Honda tuner company Spoon Sports; NICOfest, featuring Nissan and Infiniti cars; Evo Owners Days, for Mitsubishis; and similar festivals for Subaru and Mazda owners.

In addition to the participatory activities, there will be a smorgasbord of racing activity taking place simultaneously for fans to watch. The Grand-Am Cup Series will end its 2006 racing season with a pair of six-hour endurance races, one for its headlining Grand Sports (GS) class, featuring high-performance coupes and GT cars such as the Nissan 350Z, Mustang GT, Pontiac GTO, Porsche 911, BMW M3, and one 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.

GT LIVE will also host the GT Track Attack, a professional-level Time Attack event pitting the best American tuners against their Japanese counterparts for a $10,000 purse, as well as the U.S. Drift Shootout, sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), in which the best amateur and professional drifters will compete on VIR's 1.1-mile Patriot Course for a large cash purse, and the XDL U.S. Stunt Riding Championship, in which the best motorcycle stunt riders in the business will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes in an invitation-only event.

GT LIVE is the brainchild of California entrepreneur Randy Grube, who combined extensive marketing research on the 18-to-34-year-old demographic with his understanding of and connections to the tuner-car scene in both America and Japan to craft an event made to order for the young men and women who are on the front lines of the next wave of motorsports in this country.

"There is no mistaking the popularity of tuner cars in America," Grube said. "Everywhere you go, you see modified Hondas, Subarus, Nissans, Toyotas and other import cars. GT LIVE is a way to bring these enthusiasts together in a festival format where they can pursue their passion and actually participate in events in addition to spectating. A beautiful facility like VIR is the perfect venue for our east-coast debut, and we think this event will grow tremendously over the next few years."

"We are very excited to be hosting the east-coast debut of GT LIVE," said VIR general manager Josh Lief. "This is the cutting edge of motorsports, and the GT LIVE organization has done a remarkable job of creating an event that caters to the diverse interests of the young enthusiast market. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with GT LIVE, and to introducing a new generation of fans to VIR."

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: www.virclub.com

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