RACE: VIRginia Int'l Raceway SARRC regional pre-race notes

More Racing Action Coming to VIR This Weekend DANVILLE, VA - Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racers return to VIRginia International Raceway this weekend for the Al Fairer Memorial Double SARRC Regional races. Boasting some of the...

More Racing Action Coming to VIR This Weekend

DANVILLE, VA - Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racers return to VIRginia International Raceway this weekend for the Al Fairer Memorial Double SARRC Regional races.

Boasting some of the Southeast's best sports car road racers, the weekend show brings together families who race, work and play together at America's finest road course, VIR. Recently host to the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes and GT cars, VIR's 3.27-mile road course saw its first action with an SCCA race in August of 1957, with legendary racer and car builder Carroll Shelby taking the feature race that steamy weekend.

"This weekend probably won't have stars of the Carroll Shelby level, but it will still provide some of the best road racing at VIR all season," said North Carolina Region SCCA 'Regional Executive Glenn Long. "SCCA racers have a long history at VIR and in racing of all sorts, with many of them going on to win at the highest levels of motorsport. Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby, even Roger Penske and Michael Andretti have all raced and won in SCCA before their professional careers flourished. You may not see a future Grand Prix star this weekend, but you'll see great racing and meet a lot of fine people," he added.

Over 200 cars will be racing in seven race groups, with the biggest groups starting over 50 cars at one time. Competitors will include everyone from SCCA national champions to novices just out of their driving schools.

Attorneys will race against mechanics and college students, while surgeons and retirees will also take part. SCCA racing is truly a sport for everyone. Cars will range from ex-NASCAR racers to Pintos, with even Cadillacs thrown into the mix. Other groups will include open-wheeled formula cars, specially-built sports racers and a gaggle of Miatas. The Miatas rate their own race group, with nearly 40 of the little sports cars already entered in their class.

Spectators are invited to attend the event at VIR and to enjoy great racing, rain or shine both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the gate with track action beginning at 8:15 Saturday and 8:05 Sunday for a full slate of races each day.

If the schedule allows, guests will be allowed to drive around the track at lunch both Saturday and Sunday, for a donation to the Duke Brain Tumor Center. These drives are a tradition with race groups at VIR, with the donations going to a variety of local charities. The Plantation Valley Kart Track will be open all weekend, allowing guests to take part in on-track action, even without having to spend the money for a race car and personal safety gear.

Lunchtime drive-arounds may occur and a minimum $5 fee per car will be required. All proceeds will benefit the Duke Brain Tumor Center Saturday Social at the Pagoda Concession area following final race. Everyone is invited!

-credit: www.virclub.com

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Series SCCA
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dan Gurney , Roger Penske