Virginia International Raceway (commonly known as “VIR”) is a road course located in the community of Alton, near Danville, Virginia. It is less than a half-mile from the North Carolina/Virginia border just outside Milton, North Carolina on the banks of the Dan River. VIR hosts amateur and professional automobile and motorcycle events, driving schools, club days, and private test rentals.
The track originally opened in 1957 and was created by a group of men using a bulldozer. Edward Alexander was one of those men. The track had been closed from 1974 prior to its reopening in March 2000. The track was reopened in 2000 by New Yorker Harvey Siegel using a “country club” model. Memberships to the track are sold. Each member of the VIR Club receives track time on member day, tickets to all spectator events, and other benefits. VIR’s membership model has since been followed by other racetracks across the United States.
The track hosted the SCCA National Sports Car Championship from its opening in 1957 until the series’ demise in 1964. The IMSA GT Championship visited VIR in 1971 and 1972. After its re-opening, the AMA Superbike Championship held races at VIR from 2001 until 2010 on the North Course. The Rolex Sports Car Series utilized the Full Course from 2002 through 2011. The American Le Mans Series used the Full Course configuration for its inaugural event in September 2012 where a new track record was set by Klaus Graf driving the Muscle Milk LMP1 car.
The track hosts many events throughout the year including the annual Gold Cup Historic Race as well as AMA races, ChumpCar, SCCA, NASCAR test days, and local car clubs. Various driving training classes are available on the paved and unpaved (off-road) courses. The site also hosts a go kart track.
On August 23, 2014 VIR hosted the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which is the result of ALMS and Rolex Sports Car Series merging together.
Website: Virginia International Raceway
Address: 1245 Pine Tree Rd, Alton, VA 24520