Four-day event brings historic cars, family-friendly activities to VIR

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DANVILLE, Va — Virginia International Raceway is welcoming back veteran racing stars to its iconic course for the SVRA Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am Race, taking place during the annual Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races weekend, Sept. 19-22. The four-day, star-studded event will feature racing events including veteran stock car and sportscar legends battling it out in cars like Mustangs, Corvettes and Camaros alongside classic muscle cars, vintage car corrals, driver autograph sessions and much more.

Presented by Chopard Watch, the Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am, which hits the track Saturday, Sept. 21, is the final leg of SVRA’s Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am Series and will showcase iconic veteran Indy, IMSA and NASCAR drivers. In the hunt for the win are Indy winners Willy T. Ribbs and Boris Said and fan-favorites like NASCAR Cup Champion Bobby Labonte as well as other NASCAR racers including Mike Skinner, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and more. Proceeds from the 45-minute race will directly benefit IGNITE, the Autism Society of North Carolina’s community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, founded by NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham and his family.

“VIR’s renowned 3.27-mile road course is such a fun place for our participating NASCAR, Indy and IMSA legends to show off their skills to racing fans,” said Tony Parella, CEO of SVRA. “We are proud to bring this beloved race back to VIR and cannot wait for the community to come out and see what our drivers have in store, all while supporting a noble cause.”

Car and racing enthusiasts can expect even more fun with VIR’s annual Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races and Car Show Saturday, Sept. 21, featuring over 200 vintage race cars across several classes between nearly 100 to five years old. The racing action also continues throughout the weekend, with the Professional Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli as well as the Mazda Miata Heritage Cup, which is returning for a third year on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22. Both series help share vintage racing styles to audiences around the nation and include peak condition cars. Fans can also enjoy VIR’s Hagerty Show and Shine Car Show, open to all classic and exotic vehicles, including motorcycles; testing; qualifying; driver autograph sessions and more throughout the weekend.

“Welcoming the SVRA Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am race back again during our annual Heacock Classic Gold Cup weekend is beyond exciting,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “Having some of the biggest legends in the racing community come together on our track is a great honor. With three full days of racing entertainment, we know racing and car fans in the area are looking forward to this event as much as we are.”

Advanced tickets for the Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races weekend are $10 for Saturday or Sunday-only, $15 for a two-day ticket, $25 for a three-day ticket and $35 for a four-day ticket. All tickets are an additional $10 if purchased at the gate. All active military members are admitted free of charge and veterans receive a 50 percent discount on tickets. The event includes complimentary parking as well as free admission for children 16 and under with each paying adult. For more information, visit www.VIRnow.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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 and 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.

VIR visitors enjoy a full onsite resort, complete with amenities such as lodging, dining, an exclusive driver’s club, karting, off-road racing, shooting sports, skid pad and more. VIR’s hospitality features 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.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1978, SVRA enters its 41st year with over 2,500 active members. It will sanction 13 events in 2018 at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Auto Club Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. SVRA hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas in 2013. Further information on SVRA, a complete annual schedule, and entry lists can be found on the SVRA website. Also be sure to check our Facebook page and YouTube channel which currently boasts a library of over 250 action-packed videos of events.

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