VIRginia International Raceway and SVRA Team Up for Gold Cup 2009

DANVILLE, VA -: VIRginia International Raceway and Sportscar Vintage Racing Association announced today that the annual Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races will become a joint venture promoted by VIR and SVRA for 2009 and beyond. Mark your calendars now for the weekend of June 5-7 and plan to attend the Heacock Classic Gold Cup for 2009.

"We are excited and honored to have SVRA bring their expertise in vintage sports car racing to the Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races," said track owners Harvey Siegel and Connie Nyholm. "The Gold Cup has become one of the most significant events on the vintage car calendar each year and together with SVRA we can continue to grow the event."

"VIR is an historic track and one that our participants really enjoy racing on," commented SVRA Competition Director Carl Jensen. "It's an honor to race on a track that still has the same layout it did when Carroll Shelby raced and won here in the first feature race in 1957. To be able to put some of the same cars on the same track over fifty years later is a huge thrill for all of us."

For the competitors, this will mean the traditional SVRA classes will be folded into the Gold Cup, but some unique VIR traditions will remain like the Vintage Go-Kart Challenge. Moreover, VIR and SVRA plan to continue with the Heacock Classic Gold Cup social rituals, that have helped make the event very special, including the traditional Black and White party on Friday night and the false grid welcome party on Thursday. Live music will be provided Thursday-Saturday.

For the fans, picture a paddock space where a brace of exotic Italian cars from the 50s are being tuned, then turn the corner and see a front-engined Chaparral rumbling out to start a session, flanked by Allards and Jaguars. Take a few more steps and be confronted by a Bugeye Sprite and a Morgan, parked next to a fleet of formula cars. Filling their own corner of the paddock is a large crowd of historic stock cars, some of them still in the colors they wore at Rockingham, Charlotte or Richmond. This is the Heacock Classic Gold Cup, truly a melting pot of automobile racing, combining history, speed, thrill and heritage, all at the track that is one of the very few road courses in the country still raced in the same configuration these cars first saw when opened in the 1950s.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia. Reopened in 2000, VIR hosts a wide range professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events, and is well established as "America's Motorsport Resort." In addition to its historic 3.27 mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park and Motorsports Technology Park, which includes the Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research ("VIPER"); the Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8 mile paved natural terrain karting circuit; an expanding variety of on-site lodging (including 45 hotel rooms and the trackside Villas which are for sale); Camp Motorsport for enthusiasts of all ages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.