Virginia International Raceway Reopens

Milton, NC April 4. The newly reopened and restored Virginia International Raceway's inaugural season has seen a busy first month of operation, starting back up much the same way it closed near the end of 1974, with an SCCA Regional race hosted by...

Milton, NC April 4. The newly reopened and restored Virginia International Raceway's inaugural season has seen a busy first month of operation, starting back up much the same way it closed near the end of 1974, with an SCCA Regional race hosted by the North Carolina Region of the Sports Car Club of America held the third weekend of March. Over 175 cars sampled the sinuous, billiard-table smooth pavement and celebrated the rebirth of one of the greatest purpose-built road racing courses in the country. Drivers were universal in their praise for this fantastic facility, with podium finishers laughing out loud and others just shaking their heads in awe of the place. The next weekend hosted the fledgling East Coast Chapter of NASA, the National Auto Sport Association, on the fast and rhythmic North Course with the Bertil Roos Racing School students learning the challenging and scenic South Course. This past weekend saw the Potomac Region of the Porsche Club of America sample the delights of the North Course with the Skip Barber Racing School experiencing the thrill of the "Spiral", a series of turns through substantial elevation changes on the South Course. Coming up is the first spectator event, May 6th and 7th, a grand weekend featuring a full spectrum ranging from the beautiful cars of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, the classic MG Vintage Racers and the modern high performance sedans of the BMW Car Club of America Tarheel Chapter Club Race on the North Course with a full weekend of the Skip Barber Race Series taking place on the South Course. General admission is $10/person per day, not to be missed by racing fans in the heart of "Virginia's Racing Region."

Other changes bode well for the facility, with Linda Snyder being named as the Interim General Manager for VIR, effective immediately. Snyder brings a wealth of premier track management experience since beginning her seven-year stint with Lime Rock Park in Connecticut in 1992 and functioning in this same role for that track as recently as last year. The experienced and talented staff that have been with VIR since the beginning of its reincarnation ably assist Snyder whose husband, Todd, is expected to shine as a leading rookie in the Indy Lights series this year. It's business as usual at Virginia International Raceway, with no change in the mission, vision or execution of this inaugural season, Reunion 2000, celebrating the restoration to greatness of this "grand old lady" of grand prix style circuits. For info call (804) 822-7700 or see www.virclub.com

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Series General , Vintage
Drivers Skip Barber