Something for Everyone at VIR Historic Races This Weekend
Alton, Va. (July 5) -- Fans of historic motorsport will have plenty to enjoy this weekend, July 8-10, at VIRginia International Raceway as Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd. returns for its annual visit.
HSR offers a dizzying array of machinery, ranging from small-bore production cars to fire-breathing endurance racers and former NASCAR stock cars. Highlights of the weekend will include the Historic Stock Car Festival, Historic GTP/Group C & WSC Series, Klub Sport Porsche Challenge, Anglo-American GT Challenge, Championship of Makes Series, Historic GT Series and Rolex Endurance Challenge Series races, plus feature races.
The Historic Stock Car Festival will be of particular interest to Southside Virginia stock car fans. In addition to a full field of sports cars, the HSR Virginia International Raceway Historic Races will feature the powerful and fast historic NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series cars. The stock cars will, for the first time in HSR history, compete in their own extended endurance race, complete with pit stops, making the action in the pits just as compelling as that on the track.
For fans of big-time sports car racing from the 1980s and early '90s, the Historic GTP/Group C and WSC Series will bring back a lot of memories. The cars include IMSA GTP, GTP Lights, FIA Group C, FIA Group C2 and World Sports Cars. This group has been growing rapidly, and a big field is expected at VIR.
Porsche fans will have a lot to cheer for as well, as the long-running Klub Sport Porsche Challenge will pit all manner of production-based Porsches, including the 356, 914 and 911 models, against each other. This group regularly attracts in excess of 40 cars and is one of the most popular races of the weekend.
The Historic GT Championship recalls the glory days of IMSA GT and the Trans-Am series, with IMSA GTO and GTU cars from the late '70s and early '80s facing off against Trans-Am cars. Typical machines in this class include tube-frame Mustangs, Capris, Camaros and Corvettes, plus Porsche 935s and 911 RSRs, in addition to the rare Dekon Monzas.
Muscle car fans will have their appetites whetted by the HSR Anglo-American GT Challenge, which features production-based pre-1974 American muscle cars against British sports cars. Expect to see Shelby Mustangs, Corvettes, Firebirds, Camaros and Challengers taking on the Jaguars, MGs, Austin-Healeys, Lotuses and Morgans for bragging rights.
The on-track action gets underway Friday morning with practice sessions for all 10 racing groups. Qualifying sessions are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the first feature race of the weekend, the Klub Sport Porsche Challenge taking the green flag at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday morning's action will begin with a 75-minute Rolex Historic/Classic GT Enduro at 8:45 a.m., followed by practice sessions for all classes. Saturday afternoon will conclude with qualifying races to set the grids for Sunday's feature races and the Anglo-American GT Challenge.
Sunday's schedule opens with a 75-minute Rolex Vintage Enduro at 9:00 a.m. Following quiet time and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, the weekend will conclude with feature races.
Fans at the HSR Virginia International Raceway Historic Races will be able to purchase tickets to drive on the racetrack in Track Touring sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the lunch break. Passengers must be at least eight years old, and each passenger must have a seatbelt. Check in at Registration to purchase your ticket and receive additional instructions.
Tickets for the HSR Virginia International Raceway Historic Races will be be available at the gate. Three-day Super Tickets will be priced at $30, and single-day tickets will be available for Friday ($10), Saturday ($20) and Sunday ($20). 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 between Danville and South Boston, Va., and just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit (designed to be operated as two autonomous, full-service courses), VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, which is a sales showroom for high-end collector and racing cars; the VIR Safety and Security Institute, which provides specialized training for U.S. Government and military groups; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room hotel overlooking the track; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.
VIR made history from 1957 to 1974 and is doing so again. The renovated original circuit has 17 challenging turns and 130 feet of elevation change. In addition to spectator events, the track is also available to rent for testing, driving schools and club days.
For more information, visit the track's website at www.virclub.com or contact VIR at 434-822-7700. For more information on Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd., visit their website at www.hsrrace.com.