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Virginia International Raceway Full Course turn-by-turn Track Debrief Form and track map, and Virginia International Raceway Grand East, North and South Course turn-by-turn Track Debrief Form and track map. Take these with you to the track to keep driver notes and car setup records.
In 1955, Ed Welch, Ed Alexander, George Arnold, and Hooper Johnson, North Carolina sports car enthusiasts, formed Sports Car Enterprises Inc. and starting searching for a track location. They found the perfect site just across the state line from Milton, NC on 1200 acres of rolling farmland belonging to the Foote family. Ed Kemm joined them in 1956 and furnished much-needed capital and the track was paved and opened in 1957.
The first race was won by Ed Hugus in an Alfa-Romeo August 4, 1957.
In spite of some excellent races, Sports Car Enterprises were unable to draw the necessary spectator crowds and they were forced to give up the lease in 1959. Fortunately, Col. Paul Rembold of Danville took over the lease and VIR became a part of the Danville Civil Air Patrol. The track became a popular place for racers (and many thousands of spectators) and was operated by Col. Rembold (and facility manager Henry Wallace) until 1974. The last race was an SCCA Enduro, run October 13, 1974.
VIR was a cow pasture for almost 25 years and was reopened in 2000 - the current track follows the center line and elevation of the old track but has been widened slightly. The new VIR facility is truly spectacular.
The follow sections describe the turns or series of turns on the race track in a step by step detail from various people who have driven the track