Driver Testimonials

“Here, I’ve got something special. I have to say this is my favorite [circuit] here in America.”

— Giancarlo Fisichella, driver of the No. 62 Ferrari GTLM car during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at VIRginia International Raceway August 22-24, 2014


“I loved running at VIR…it’s fun, challenging and fast. You come off that last turn before the Esses and then hold on. If everything is right you’ve got a fast straight shot. If not, you’ve got to sort it out and get through there as quick as you can. You really need to keep your wits about you. I’m looking forward to going back.”

— Tomy Drissi, driver of the No. 9 RSR Taken 2 Prototype Challenge Carduring the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at VIRginia International Raceway September 15, 2012


“It is a wild track. It is very fast, daunting in a lot of areas and narrow. It is fun to drive on. To put a really good lap together around VIR is definitely thrilling. You certainly make sure your belts are tight because there some super high-speed edgy areas.”

Scott Sharp, Driver for Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón Ferrari


“This is a real drivers track – so we knew the team would run strong here – as both Chris Cumming and Michael Valiante love the challenges that go with a fast and flowing, high-commitment layout like VIR.”

Harrison Brix, JDX Racing co-owner at the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón


“The Lightning Lap on VIR’s Grand Course is the closest thing to Nordscheife ‘Ring’ benchmark in Germany!”

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— Car and Driver Magazine


“The layout of the [VIR] circuit is great. It has a little bit of everything from elevation changes, quick corners, long straights and technical sections that make it very fun to drive. It really offers a great variety.”

Klaus Graf shares the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a with Lucas Luhr in the American Le Mans Series

Note: The VIR track record of 1.36.310 was broken by Klaus Graf driving the Muscle Milk Pickett No.6 P1 with a 1.35.434


“One of the Top 6 Road Courses in the U.S.A.”

– Car and Driver Magazine


“VIR is a great facility and I have been involved with some great races there. I fully expect the ALMS event to be one of the best, if not the best, they have ever seen. There are tons of places for the fans to watch and enjoy the race and the track is not short of good passing zones. There is action everywhere for the fans and the drivers. Over four hours of racing, this should be a memorable event for the Series.”

Bryan Sellers, driver for Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series


“VIR is bad to the bone. This place is really fast, challenging and an enormous amount of fun and rewarding when you get it right. For Ed to have been pacing the kind of laps he was doing here at what we would consider the most difficult track we’ve been to so far, I’m proud of him. He did a great job.”

Guy Cosmo, driver of the No. 02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458 Italia, co-driven by Ed Brown, during the ALMS race at VIR September 15, 2012


“If there is a heaven on earth, it is VIR.”

— Paul Newman


“It’s just a great track… it doesn’t get any better!”

— Boris Said


“It’s a really beautiful track. Really beautiful part of the country. Very challenging. It’s a very fast track.”

— Patrick Dempsey, Grand-Am Racer


“I think this is the most interesting and fun race track that’s been built in this country.”

— Carroll Shelby


“Truly one of the world’s best race courses!”

— Chris Economaki


“VIR is one of the highest speed tracks we test at in the U.S.  It has many configurations that provide the turn combinations and speeds required to fully test our powertrains to the extreme limit.”

Luke Sewell, Energy/Powertrain Integration for Performance Car – General Motors


“The combination of high-speed aerodynamic turns and low-speed finesse turns at VIR provide a very complete package when you’re tuning a car. VIR is without question my favorite racetrack in the country with facilities that are second to none.”

Jim Mero, Corvette Suspension Vehicle Dynamics – General Motors


“I love driving VIR’s different configurations, with a track surface that has consistent grip levels and is so well maintained. VIR offers the greatest challenge for man and machine in North America.”

Aaron Link, Vehicle Dynamics Engineer for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – General Motors


“It’s very technical, twisty and demanding on drivers in all aspects,” says Porsche North American Porsche 911RSR pilot Patrick Long. “It kind of radiates old-school sports car racing. The heritage of the beginning of sports car racing really lives at VIR.” Long’s favorite section comes towards the end of the lap, called The Hogpen: “It’s descending down into the final three corners before the front straightaway. The amount of modulation in the brake and loading and unloading of the car to get it to change direction and ride the curbs is a ballet you don’t regularly see anymore.”

Patrick Long, America’s only Porsche factory racing driver