RACE: VIRginia Int'l Raceway to host NC Region endurance

DANVILLE, VA. -- VIRginia International Raceway's longest race of the year is this Saturday, November 3 -- the "Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight Brigade. Staged by the North Carolina Region, Sports Car Club of America, the 'Headlight ...

DANVILLE, VA. -- VIRginia International Raceway's longest race of the year is this Saturday, November 3 -- the "Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight Brigade.

Staged by the North Carolina Region, Sports Car Club of America, the 'Headlight Brigade" race is a challenge for driver, crews and cars. Racing from 9:00 on Saturday morning until 10:00 that night, the "Headlight Brigade" race puts even more stress on the corps of volunteer workers who man corners, inspect the cars, time the cars and handle all the myriad tasks necessary to make an event like this a success.

Cars run the gamut from just off the showroom floor to nearly vintage, plus SCCA "Spec Racer" sports racing cars, all racing through the afternoon and into the night. Drivers include novice amateurs and seasoned professional road racers, all on the track at the same time, diving for the same space in the turns. Past years have seen overall wins taken by Honda Civic, Mazda Miata, Mazda RX-7 and even a Mercedes-Benz sedan, with close competition right to the checkered flag.

"We are pleased to end our fine 2007 Spectator schedule with the SCCA 13 hour race, and look forward to an even better 2008 with the SCCA, including the April double national," commented VIR General Manager Josh Lief.

Mark Senior NC Region's Regional Executive, said: "This race challenges everyone involved, from the planning committee, all the way to the track staff who clean up after us. The race has become one of the biggest events on the entire SCCA calendar in the years we've been running it and it just keeps growing."

Spectators are welcome, for an admission price of only $20 for the entire day (and night) of action.

-credit: vir

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