Recently chosen as one of Car & Driver’s Top 6 tracks in the nation, VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia. VIR hosts a wide range of professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events, and is well established as “America’s Motorsport Resort.”
From Local Passion to International Legend
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.
Veteran motorsports journalist and old VIR hand Bill King is compiling the track’s official history to be published in serial format beginning with The Early Years. Click here for information on purchasing your copy of this exciting new book.
Exciting Drivers and Spectators Alike
Each year, VIR draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts and fans for some of the best road racing in the country.
World-Class Racing at a World-Class Resort
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 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 Oak Tree Tavern featuring and Connie’s Pub. The track is booked nearly year-round for racing, testing, schools, television productions and corporate events.
Also located within the facility are the VIRginia Motorsports Technology Park , a motorsports-oriented industrial park; The Lodge at VIR , a hotel overlooking the track; the Paddock Suites and Garages; the Oak Tree Spa, a great way to relax after a day full of adventure; and the VIR Kart Track, a 5/8-mile, 24-foot-wide karting circuit with 30 feet of elevation change.
VIR Kart Track
Almost every successful pro driver in the world today got their start in karting, where the dynamics of driving are amplified, more easily understood and often more readily practiced than in full-sized cars.
Our 5/8-mile competition-level kart circuit tests your skills in a fun and challenging atmosphere.
At the Forefront of the Motorsport Industry
In 2006 we opened the VIRginia Motorsport Technology Park, which houses a growing list of motorsports businesses, including:
SoVA Motion Vehicle Lab operated by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
National Tire Research Center operated by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
TMI Autotech, Inc. – manufacturer of the Ariel Atom Super Car
SascoSports, Inc. – vintage car preparation and tire distribution
Krause & Associates – driver training specialists
VIR Speed Suites – 1200 square foot flex units available for sale or lease on Ace Drive
Charles White Insurance Brokerage
In 2007 we began construction on The Villas at South Bend, a 12-unit complex of three-bedroom residential villas located near VIR’s signature Oak Tree Bend. We inaugurated Camp Motorsport, a motorsports-themed camp for young people aged 10-16.
The Very Best in Professional and Enthusiast Motorsport
We always have an exciting roster of events from the diversity of the Chumpcar World Series, to our own Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races which features British, German, Italian and American Muscle cars, and culminating with our premier spectator weekend with the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Groups such as NASA, SCCA, and WERA bring their own brand of excitement to the track on various weekends throughout the season. Check out our full spectator schedule for more details!
The Oak Tree Tavern and Connie’s Pub
You need not go far after a hard day at the track. VIR Resort offers many dining, lodging and recreational options.
We hope you will explore VIR and take advantage of our unmatched amenities, of which we are very proud. The Oak Tree Tavern featuring Connie’s Pub provides the best track food in the business at the Pagoda restaurant in the paddock, which also serves our own private-label beer, Oak Tree Pale Ale. The VIR Shop and VIR Pro Shop offers sportswear and acing gear, books and collectibles and much more for the racing enthusiasts.
VIR has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and we are very proud to be one of the world’s finest motorsports venues. Still, we are always striving to improve, and we welcome your input and suggestions. Thank you for your interest in VIR, and we hope that you will be a regular visitor in the years to come.
Come back, come often and bring your friends.