Virginia Motorsports Park Petersburg, VA Rev Up for the SCCA Runoffs of 2019!

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    The SCCA Runoffs have officially announced their Grand Marshal!
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    McKeel Hagerty, 2019 SCCA Runoff Grand Marshal is the CEO of Hargety --the world’s leading provider of insurance, valuation and experiences to the enthusiast car hobby. He will be seen during this week of October 8th through the 13th, waving the flag at the Starter’s Stand, flagging a corner, riding in the pace car, and getting a behind the scenes glimpse at Timing & Scoring, Race Control and more. Click here to read more about him!

    Welcome SCCA racers to VIRginia International Raceway!
    Peter Krause is an experienced, trained educator with proven communication skills. He is the Chief Instructor for the North Carolina Region SCCA and held that position in the past with SVRA and BMW Club Racing School Southeast along with several other club racing and marque club driving event programs. Graduates of programs Krause has led include professional drivers Tom Long, Seth Thomas, James Clay and Mike Skeen. He has assembled fun and informational quotes about the track for all you SCCA racers and spectators out there!

    From Nick England's marvelous VIRhistory.com's website, three wonderful quotes describing this great course.

    From the August 1957 VIR race program: "The rolling Virginia hills have been painstakingly clad with an ultra-smooth skin of macadam to provide a course of great natural beauty. The superb spectator visibility is nicely equated to a road layout that will test the best in racing machines and men."

    Carroll Shelby, winner of the first main feature in August of 1957: "One lap here is like 100 at Watkins Glen."

    Carl Zorowski: "Outbraking a competitor going into turn two on the inside, a perfect drift through NASCAR Bend, diving late into four to set up for the following right-hander, establishing the right rhythm through the esses at the Coke Bridge, feeling the steering go light as you apex at nine, the apprehension of a clear track as you crest through ten, accelerating out of Oak Tree, the whine of the engine straining for RPMs at the end of the back straight, braking for the right-hander into the downhill esses, coming out full bore at Hog Pen; the euphoria of a well-driven lap at VIR is an experience that drivers share in a special way with one another and no one else. Like an intense and gratifying love affair the marriage of driver, car, and course produces an intimate experience beyond words and description. VIR was a mistress to be tamed by the union of car and driver comparable to no other. She will be remembered particularly by her drivers in that special way reserved for the satisfaction of a first true love."

    Some well-known VIR drivers include Jim Fitzgerald, Roger Penske, Mark Donohue, Sam Posey, Carroll Shelby, Richard Petty, Bob Holbert, Briggs Cunningham, David Pearson, Walt Hansgen, Augie Pabst, Curtis Turner, Peter Revson, Brett Lunger, Wendell Scott, Bob Sharp, Bob Tullius, Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Janet Guthrie, Skip Barber, Harry Theodoracopolus, John Fitch, Horst Kwech, Toly Arutunoff, John Morton, Tony Adamowicz, Ricky Rudd, Gene Felton, Denise McCluggage, John Buffum, Roger Mandeville, Bob Leitzinger, Bruce Jennings, Hurley Heywood, Brock Yates, Dick Thompson, Don Yenko, Lance Reventlow, Richard Attwood, Frank Gardner, Peter Gregg, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, and Bill Scott. Many of them members of the prestigious Road Racing Drivers Club.

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