VIRginia International Raceway Unveils Action-Packed 2017 Track Schedule

Fans Enjoy Free VIR T-Shirt for Every Spectator Event Ticket Purchase Dec. 8

DANVILLE, Virginia – Dec. 5, 2016 – VIRginia International Raceway, one of the top six road courses in North America, is announcing its 2017 track schedule, with tickets on sale starting Thursday, Dec. 8. VIR’s 60th season features 10 exhilarating events, including VIR’s first time hosting the renowned Pirelli World Challenge this spring.

The Pirelli World Challenge helps kick off the spectator schedule April 28-30, featuring thrilling multi-class racing with top drivers competing with the hottest production-based race cars like Bentleys, McLarens, Ferraris and more. Pro motorcycle racing will take over the track shortly after with another season highlight, as the MotoAmerica Road Racing Series returns to VIR for its third year in a row in mid-May.

August will keep the momentum going with the fan-favorite IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship taking place Aug. 25-27 as the only mid-Atlantic stop in the premier North American sports car racing series. In addition to the headlining Michelin GT Challenge race, the action-packed weekend will feature several support series including the newly named Biscuitville Grand Prix race of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The official season will close out with one of the more unique VIR spectator events, off the track and on VIR’s NRA-approved shooting ranges at the 3-Gun Nation Nationals and Shooting Sports Expo in November.

“The 2017 lineup of spectator events is one of our best yet and we can’t wait to share all of the action with our VIRginia International Raceway guests throughout the year,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “Adding the Pirelli World Challenge to our roster is sure to bring new fans and motorsports stars to the track, and the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and MotoAmerica are guaranteed to be can’t-miss races. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out at the track in 2017.”

VIR’s full 2017 spectator schedule includes:

April 15-16 The Sports Car Club of America “VIR Spring Sprints” Majors Tour
April 28-30 Pirelli World Challenge
May 12-14 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship of Virginia
May 19-21 NASA Mid-Atlantic HyperFest
June 3-4 Historic Sportscar Racing
June 10-11 Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Road Racing
Aug. 25-27 Michelin GT Challenge IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Biscuitville Grand Prix Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA
Sept. 16-17 Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Road Racing
Sept. 23-24 Heacock Classic Gold Cup, presented by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association
Nov. 11-12 3-Gun Nation Nationals and Shooting Sports Expo

 

The track is waving the green flag for the its 60th season with a special Throwback Thursday offer. Fans who purchase a ticket for any of VIR’s 2017 events Thursday, Dec. 8, will receive a free shirt voucher, redeemable at the TMI Racing Products store in the North Paddock at VIR. Spectators save $10 by purchasing any event ticket in advance. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge with a paying adult and parking is also free. Active military are admitted free of charge and veterans receive a 50 percent discount with valid military ID. Complimentary parking and paddock access will also be available at every event. Corporate and other groups can also take advantage of competitive pricing options for lodging, catering, team activities and more hospitality amenities during races and anytime throughout the year. To buy tickets or learn more, visit www.virnow.com.

About VIRginia International Raceway

VIRginia International Raceway is one of America’s premier road courses, offering professional and amateur racing for modern and vintage classes while providing contemporary resort amenities. A prominent test facility for the automotive industry, VIR has the distinction of being named one of the top six courses in North America by Car & Driver Magazine, and southern roots and hospitality make it one of the friendliest. Conveniently located at the Virginia/North Carolina border, VIR is just a short two-hour trip from Richmond and about an hour and 15 minutes from both the Piedmont-Triad and Raleigh-Durham International Airports.

VIRginia International Raceway is one of America’s premier road courses, offering professional and amateur racing for modern and vintage classes while providing contemporary resort amenities, such as lodging, dining, a spa, an exclusive driver’s club, karting, off-road racing, shooting sports, skid pad and more. VIR’s hospitality amenities also make the property an unparalleled venue for corporate retreats, team building, special events and other group experiences. For more information, visit www.VIRnow.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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