About an hour or two north of Raleigh, and just past the North Carolina/Virginia line, you'll find Virginia International Raceway. It is located in Alton, which is just east of Danville. VIR opened in August 1957 as one of America's first permanent road racing tracks. Since its opening, VIR has become a fixture for the SCCA circuit (Sports Car Club of America) and a favorite among drivers for its challenging terrain. This one is nothing like any of the oval short-track racing that you'll find in the Raleigh Durham area. VIR has several different configurations with long straightaways, hairpin turns, and winding snake-like sections that make you dizzy just looking at them. All these obstacles along with the dramatic elevations make for an exciting track to drive or spectate!
On August 21-23, VIR will have the honor of hosting the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the result of a merger between GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series. The jam packed weekend will kick off on Friday, August 21, with testing, qualifying, car corrals, driver autograph sessions, team chats, tech talks, and more. Fans will have the opportunity to watch drivers battle it out for the supreme GT title in the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. There will also be some great action coming from the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofero, Maserati Trofeo, and the new Porsche GT3 Cup!
Hello! I'm Carli, a girl originally from Ohio, who could not be more proud to call Raleigh home the last 12+ years. By day, I work at SAS Institute but when I'm not working, I'm a mom to an amazing boy and 2 dogs. In my free time, I love to stay active working out, playing sports, traveling, crafting, attending a sports game/concert, or shopping!