VIRginia International Raceway
- United States of America
VIR is much more than just a racetrack. What was once a working farm and plantation dating back to the early 1800s opened in 1957 as one of the country’s first permanent road racing circuits. VIR hosted automobile and motorcycle racing through 1974, when the track was shuttered due to economic hardships. It lay fallow until 1998, when we discovered it and saw through the shadows of the weed-infested, overgrown facility, envisioning a racing venue that would provide entertainment and recreation for the entire family. What we saw in the 1,500-acre site was the possibility to create America’s first true “motorsports resort,” a vacation destination centered around road racing. VIR reopened in 2000 and has received international rave reviews since. Read more about the history of VIR and Road Racing by clicking here.
Today, VIR’s 3.27-mile circuit is exactly like it was in 1957, only widened just a bit with lots of safe run-off room and world-class facilities and amenities. The track now has two cross-overs that allow simultaneous events on the North (2.25-mile) and South (1.65-mile) courses. In 2003, the 1.1-mile Patriot Course was constructed by combining the two cross-overs, and can be used as a stand-alone circuit or combined with the full circuit to create a myriad of configurations, the longest of which is 4.2 miles. An 1840s-era house where the plantation owner’s family once lived has been restored for use as the Plantation Clubhouse, the centerpiece of the VIR Motorsports County Club , whose membership is continually growing. The track is booked nearly year-round for racing, testing, schools, television productions and corporate events.
Also located within the facility are the VIR Raceplex , a motorsports-oriented industrial park; The Lodge at VIR , a hotel overlooking the track; the Paddock Suites and Garages ; the Oak Tree Tavern , a full-service restaurant located within the Plantation Clubhouse; and the Plantation Valley Kart Track , a 5/8-mile, 24-foot-wide karting circuit with 30 feet of elevation change.
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