NA-F2000: VIR Speedfest announces sponsor

Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience to be Presenting Sponsor of VIR Speedfest. Alton, Va. Officials of VIRginia International Raceway announced today that the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience will be the presenting sponsor for the VIR ...

Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience to be Presenting Sponsor of VIR Speedfest.

Alton, Va. Officials of VIRginia International Raceway announced today that the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience will be the presenting sponsor for the VIR Speedfest over the weekend of Oct. 25-26.

Justin Bell, the son of five-time Le Mans winner and two-time World Sportscar Champion Derek Bell, has carved out quite a niche of his own in the pantheon of motorsports history. During his 13-year career as a professional racing driver, he has won the 1997 FIA GT2 World Championship as well as the GT class in the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. He currently drives a Chevrolet Corvette in the SCCA's Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup, where he won the last two races of the 2001 season as well as Rookie of the Year honors.

His Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience offers both individuals and groups of all abilities a chance to share the magic of GT cars and the joy of driving them in a racetrack setting with experienced instructors. Students are given hands-on instruction in the art of driving high-performance Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros at competition speeds.

On Oct. 28-29, just two days following the VIR Speedfest presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience weekend, the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience will bring its driving excitement to VIR for an inaugural visit, with a two-day class scheduled.

The nationally-televised VIR Speedfest presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience will feature the return of the SCCA's Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup to the historic 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit outside Danville, Va., for the first time in 36 years. VIR was the site of the fourth event of the inaugural 1966 Trans-Am season. The 400-mile/124-lap race was won by Tom Yeager and Bob Johnson in a Ford Mustang; other entrants included NASCAR stars Richard Petty, David Pearson, Curtis Turner and Wendell Scott. The season finale for America's oldest professional road racing series will be joined by the popular Speed World Challenge for street-stock sports cars, plus the Spec Racer Pro Series, the United States Formula 2000 Championship and the new ChampCar F6000 series.

It will be a busy week in October for Justin. He will have just completed his quest for the championship in the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup in the VIR Speedfest presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports when, on the very next day, he will be welcoming students to the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience's first classes at VIR.

"I am very excited about becoming a sponsor of the Speedfest at VIR," Justin said. "That weekend is a very important one for me personally, with it being the last race of the Trans-Am Series. We will have a lot of Corvette fans in attendance, many of whom are staying on to be students on our inaugural driving school at VIR on the Monday and Tuesday after the race. VIR is going to become a permanent fixture on both the Trans-Am and Justin Bell calendars!"

Justin's ties with VIR will be reinforced by the fact that an upcoming episode of Corvette: The American Dream, his new weekly television show that will debut on Fox Sports Net/Fox Cable Networks in May, will feature the VIR Speedfest presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience, at which Corvette will be the featured marque and Corvette owners will be eligible for special offers and reduced ticket prices.

"We are thrilled to be working with Justin," said VIR general manager Vickie Abbott. "and we very much appreciate the support of the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience. We look forward to seeing a lot of him at VIR this season, as well as giving enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic region a chance to hone their skills on one of America's most challenging racetracks in his Corvettes and Camaros."

Three-day advance Super Tickets, priced at $45, and single-day tickets priced at $35 for Sunday, will all be available at the track or by visiting www.virclub.com through Oct. 10. After that three-day Super Tickets priced at $50 and single-day tickets priced at $10 for Friday, $25 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday will be available at the gate. VIR is a family-friendly facility where children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Spectator camping is available.

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, NC. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit (which is also 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.

VIR made history from 1957 to 1974 and is doing so again. The renovated original circuit has 17 challenging turns and 130' of elevation change. In addition to spectator events, the track is also available to rent for testing, driving schools and club days. Future plans for VIR include resort lodging and the VIR European Rally School and Corporate Motorsport Experience, which features three rally stages plus a kart track, motocross track, ATV and SUV training grounds and an advanced safari course.

For more information, contact VIR at 888-RACE099 or visit the track's website at www.virclub.com. For additional information on the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience, telephone toll-free (877) 468-3666 or visit www.justinbell.com.

-jb-

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Series Other open wheel , SCCA , PWC , Trans-Am
Drivers Justin Bell , Richard Petty , Derek Bell , Tom Yeager , David Pearson , Wendell Scott