Virginia International Raceway is bringing back its biggest spectator event of the year this August with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race weekend. The premier sports car racing series in North America, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, kicks off Friday, Aug. 23 with non-stop action, family-friendly entertainment and high-speed racing throughout the weekend, concluding with the headlining Michelin GT Challenge race Sunday, Aug. 25.
“Being one of the top road courses in North America, it’s always exciting to bring our championship series back to VIR and this year is no different,” said Scott Atherton, president of IMSA. “The sharp turns and elevation spikes truly put even our most talented drivers to the test and takes the competition to another level. Fans of exhilarating racing will not want to miss this weekend at VIR.”
The only Mid-Atlantic track on the WeatherTech Championship schedule, VIR’s iconic 3.27-mile, 17-turn full course features drastic elevation changes and the famously challenging “climbing esses” for drivers to conquer and spectators to “wow” over. The two-hour, 40-minute Michelin GT Challenge pushes drivers, and their cars, to the limits on the course, reaching top speeds close to 190 miles per hour.
“We are extremely honored to yet again to host the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “The many incredible, adrenaline-spiking races throughout the entire weekend, including the Michelin GT Challenge as the grand finale, allow motorsports fans and excitement seekers alike to experience world class sports car racing. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the track this August and see who ends up on the top step of the podium!”
Along with the Michelin GT Challenge, VIR acts as the ideal venue for other support series, including the:
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is a two-hour IMSA-sanctioned race, including the Grand Sport (GS) and Touring Car (TCR) classes, showcasing the newest high-performance sports cars, coupes and sedans.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America is the world’s fastest single-make series. It is returning to the North American circuit for its sixth year.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is in its 15th season, where drivers compete in one of the largest of Porsche’s 21 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world.
IMSA Prototype Challenge is an IMSA racing series featuring single-seat prototype cars.
Race weekend activities don’t stop on the track – the entertainment continues with a skydiver performance, Michelin hot lap ride-alongs, practice and qualifying, car corrals and more. Visitors can also supplement their weekend with VIR’s many amenities like shooting sports, karting or dining at the Oak Tree Tavern.
Advanced tickets for the Michelin GT Challenge race weekend are $50 for Friday-only, $55 for Saturday-only, $60 for Sunday-only, $70 for a two-day Saturday and Sunday ticket, and $80 for a three-day ticket. All tickets will be an additional $10 if purchased at the gate. 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.virnow.com or call (434) 822-TIKS.