Club Racing News

“Opie Goes Racing” is a SMASH HIT!!!

If you were at either of the last two NC Region events at VIR — the Spring Sprints Majors or The SARRC/MARRS Challenge — and DIDN’T see a screening of the new smash hit, “Opie Goes Racing”….well, what could you possibly have been doing that was more important?!? Anyway, here’s your chance for a private screening on your very own device! Just click and enjoy, “Opie Goes Racing”, courtesy of More Cowbell Productions.

Michelin to Sponsor “Michelin GT Challenge” at VIR

Global Technology Leader Becomes Title Sponsor for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Race at VIR

Danville, Va. – April 19, 2016 – Michelin North America and VIRginia International Raceway today announced that Michelin will become the title sponsor for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, the track’s largest race of the year. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race takes place as the culmination of a premier racing weekend at VIR, Aug. 26 to 28.

“VIR has become one of the top racing venues in the country,” said Sarah Robinson, Motorsports Marketing Manager at Michelin North America. “Fans enjoy seeing production-based cars from the world’s top manufacturers race on one of the most challenging circuits.”

“VIR isn’t just a place we go racing but we also utilize the track to test street tires,” said Robinson.  “Collaborating with VIR is a great fit for a GT-only race weekend. The car clubs and fans from across the region all gather here for the fierce competition and the opportunity to see an incredibly diverse field of top drivers and teams compete in the WeatherTech Championship.”

VIR is the only track in the greater Mid-Atlantic area and one of only 12 tracks nationwide selected to host the WeatherTech Championship in 2016.  The race weekend will feature GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes, serving as the only race of the year featuring only GT cars.

The GTLM class is the only class featuring open tire competition and is widely recognized as the most competitive in the world. Based upon manufacturers’ top production models, the class features factory-backed teams from Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Ford and BMW, all of which have chosen Michelin as their technical partner.

The GTD class, which features a Pro-Am format, includes – Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus and Porsche.

“The partnership with Michelin is a perfect match with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at VIR,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “This is going to be a weekend of premier class racing. The GTLM teams can pick their own tires, and all of those teams choose to run on Michelin. The brand offers trusted, exceptional tires with a dedication to both innovation and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming back our Michelin friends for a fun, family-friendly race weekend done right with southern hospitality.”

Fan festivities during the race weekend include testing, qualifying, car corrals, driver autograph sessions, team chats and technology talks. Guests can also take advantage of VIR’s many onsite amenities, like karting, off-roading and shooting sports. Advanced tickets for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend at VIR are available online starting at $40 for Friday-only and go up to $75 for a three-day ticket. All purchases are an additional $10 at the gate. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge with a paying adult. To purchase advanced tickets or to learn more, visit www.virnow.com.

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, Earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,650 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Official Notice from VIR on Track Maintenance

To our valued Track Renters:

VIR will be performing track maintenance this summer, tentatively from June 29th – July 31st.  Those groups who have been issued Track Rental Agreements with VIR still have firm event dates.  Those with dates that are traditionally held during our tentative closure have been contacted.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers, and please be assured the course of action we are taking is to ensure that VIR maintains the high standards that our loyal customers expect and demand.

This could be a great time frame to schedule a corporate teambuilding or group outing since the Patriot Course and VIR Resort activities and amenities (such as shooting ranges, skeet, kart track, spa, lodging and Oak Tree Tavern) will remain open with greater availability.

Thanks,

Connie Nyholm
Chief Executive Officer
VIRginia International Raceway
1245 Pine Tree Road
Alton, VA 24520
www.VIRnow.com

Tired of the Snow and Cold Weather? Well, hang in there…racing season is coming!!

Does the recent weather have you feeling like this?

But you’d rather feel like these guys?

Well, worry not friends! The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! That’s right! It’s almost racing season and this year, that’s not the only exciting news the North Carolina Region of the SCCA has in store for you!

Read it here first, folks:

Carolina Cup Pro Series
Returns to VIR!
March 12-13, 2016
March Into Spring at VIR
Double SARRC, ECR &  TCPS & CCPS
We’ll be running DOUBLE everything! That’s right – a Double SARRC, as well as Double ECR, Double TCPS and RETURNING THIS YEAR… Double CCPS races.
Drivers will be able to enter two enduros at once. ECR, TCPS and CCPS will run concurrently. Enter the 90 minute ECR and also run either the 45 minute TCPS or 45 minute CCPS at the same time!
For Majors drivers this is also a great opportunity to get some valuable practice time in on the cheap for the upcoming dual-conference Majors event at VIR.
 
Registration opens on Groundhog Day on MotorsportReg.
In case you were wondering –  the average daytime high in Danville, Virginia in early March is around 60˚F with the azaleas starting to bloom. Spring racing weather!

Highlights of the 52nd SCCA Runoffs

Anna Crissman named SCCA’s 
Worker of the Year
in Timing & Scoring

Congratulations to NCR’s Chief of Timing and Scoring, Anna Crissman, a 15-year member of the Club come January, for her well-deserved recognition in the specialty she does so well. We knew she was good; now everybody else does too!

And we have more of the stories of personal sacrifice and outstanding achievement, even in the face of adversity, that make the SCCA Runoffs famous…

  • Our 2012 National Driver of the Year, CJ Moses, was literally all set to pull out for Daytona when a family emergency arose. He would not be able to go. So he transferred his entry to Marty Grand, his crew chief and friend from Washington DC Region. Marty qualified the car in 9th and finished 6th. Great job, guys!
  • Since 1976 our 2014 Lifetime Achievement winner, Dan Robson, has attended almost every Runoffs as either a competitor (there were about 28 of those years) or as a crew member. This year he was Crew Chief for our own Doug Piner in P2 and for Chad Bacon of Eastern Tennessee Region who took 2nd in GT3, after a great drive from 4th. Dan was ably assisted by NCR members Sam Fouse and Sam Neave, as well as others.  Making do was the order of the day when they replaced the broken carbon-fiber wing on Doug’s car with one made of $40 worth of materials from Home Depot!
  • NCR’s Mike Rossini was the engine builder for 14 (!) Spec Miata drivers in the historic SM race under the lights, including the race winner and now National Champion, Jonathan Goring. Mike actually had enough points to qualify himself, and he was planning to race, but a technicality got his entry rejected at the last minute, when it was too late to do anything about it. Too bad the SCCA national office couldn’t have let him know sooner! Sorry to hear that, Mike! Hope you can run next year and congratulations on providing the race-winning engine.
  • Randall Kinsland, who was Conference Champion in GT2 of the Southeast Majors Tour for the second year in a row, was the class of the GT2 field in his Corvette, until it developed overheating problems. After passing everyone else in practice, he qualified 8th in his only successful attempt, but could not start the race. The good news is that his engine has been rebuilt and he plans on attending the ARRC at Road Atlanta. Better luck there and next year at the Runoffs, Randy!

Also, videos on-demand of all the races from this year’s Runoffs are available here: http://www.scca.com/pages/2015-scca-runoffs-ondemand

17 NC Region Drivers contested the 52nd SCCA Runoffs

Name

Class

Qualified

Finished

Jason Connole
2002 Mazda Miata
Protech Bedliners/Rossini Engines

SM

46

44

Randall D Kinsland
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Crossroads Motorsports

GT2

8

DNS

Joseph B Cooley
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata

T4

19

16

Don Knowles
1999 Pontiac Firebird
Phoenix/Hoosier/Hawk

T4

9

9

Keith Church
1974 Toyota Corolla
Prodbodies Race glass

HP

15

11

Bryan Yates
2006 West

P2

7

16

Doug Piner
Dauntless/Tatuus
Sirius Computer Solutions

P2

15

11

Thomas S Kaufman
West WX-10
TNT Racing, Thefabman.com

P2

11

13

Steve Rose
1985 Mazda RX-7
Hi-Yield/Stone Brothers/Excel Auto

STU

12

6

Timothy Lyn Pierce
RFR-1000 Waterfall/Briky/Franklin Insurance

F1000

16

10

Ken W Waters
SCCA Spec Racer Ford Gen3
Comprent Motorsports

SRF3

28

27

Michael B Cooke
1988 Mazda RX-7 Roadster
Michael Cooke Motorsports

EP

27

20

Dwight K Cooke Jr.
1963 Triumph TR4
Choosie Mothers Racing

EP

28

24

Lee Rackley
2008 Van Dieman
Castrol Syntec

FE

7

6

Eric Cruz
Van Diemen FE
Cruz Associates, Inc.

FE

12

12

Bob Wheless
Stohr WF1
Viper

P1

7

6

Marty Grand / CJ Moses
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
AMS/BFG/Carbotech/Old Dominon Metal

T2

9

6

 

Some of the NCR volunteers who helped put it on …

Name

Specialty

Rex Deffenbaugh

Tech

Wayne Quick

Steward – Tech

Jean Quick

Sound

Chuck Stanley

F&C

Richard M. D’Arconte

F&C

Morriss A. Pendleton

Steward of the Meet

Sara Snider

Competitor Service Center

Alan Martin

F&C

Michael “Mo” Overstreet

F&C

Ken Blackburn

Steward – Operating

Sally C Blackburn

Competitor Service Center

Anna Neave Crissman

Timing/Scoring

A huge thanks goes to Mazda, for paying for the TV broadcast, and for covering the cost of the lights so the Spec Miata race could be held at night, and also for the fireworks afterward!

— James Shanks, NCR Membership Chair

NC Region recruits new members at the IMSA Tudor event at VIR

Last weekend, August 21 – 23, the Marketing Committee for the Region tried a new tactic. Instead of trying to recruit new members at Car Shows and Cars-and-Coffee events, were the attendees have a wide variety of automotive interests, they decided to try reaching out to fans at the IMSA Tudor event at VIR. The thinking was, “Hey, these folks are ‘pre-qualified’. They paid money to see a sports car race. Maybe they’d like a chance to get even more involved.” So arrangements were made.

Mike Rose, Marketing Director at VIR, and Crista Walker, who coordinated the vendor displays, gave us a great display space. Thank you both for allowing us to set up on the midway where people couldn’t help but see us. Region member, and former Assistant RE, John Lindquist, did some digging and got us a 10×20 display canopy and found us people who would agree to display their cars. Region member, and former Secretary, Jerry Pell not only agreed to display his lovely red-and-silver Spec Miata, he stayed all weekend manning the booth! Hats off, Jerry! But John felt that more of a “hook” was needed to get the fans’ attention. He contacted member Bob Wheless, who got in touch with member Victor Seaber of the VIPER program at VIR, and Victor asked John Salmon for a loan of his L2 Sports Racer. This Mazda-powered sports racer, a handsome and exotic piece of automotive wizardry, runs in both the IMSA “prototype lite” L2 class and in P1 with the SCCA. It was John’s canopy, too. Wow! What can you say, but “Thanks, guys!”

The sports racer and the Spec Miata did the trick. The cars lured folks in for a closer look. Then the members under the tent passed out flyers about NCR and our remaining events for the season, as well as a tentative schedule for next season. We gave away old copies of SportsCar and brightly-colored brochures from the National Office about what we do. Those fans that were interested in being offered a spot on someone’s crew for the October events gave us their e-mail addresses. There were over 50 of them, and many were surprised that we would offer such a deal. In short, this venture was a big success. Let’s hope these new prospects come out and join us in the future.

There are so many more people to thank for this success. Thanks to Member-at-Large Sam Fouse for creating the local flyers and for getting those brochures from the National Office. Sam also manned the booth all day Friday and Sunday. Thanks also to NCR Office Manager Bruce Dover for printing Sam’s flyers on short notice. Thanks to all the volunteers who took time to talk to prospective members. Besides John Lindquist and Jerry Pell, who were there all weekend, volunteers included RE Rex Deffenbaugh, Tim Lyons, Doug Hooper, Dan Robson, and myself, James Shanks. We should probably even thank the members of the Tarheel Sports Car Club, who had a booth next to us, and fed some of us lunch on Saturday, and shared their beer too! Thanks a lot, guys! Those of us who were there had a great time. And, of yeah, there were these big time sports car races going on which we could watch from time to time, IMSA Continental GT and Lamborghini Trofeo. Cool!

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Below: Jerry Pell’s Spec Miata being admired by a couple of interested spectators. Maybe future SM drivers?

 

Below: John Salmon’s L2 Sports Racer. What serious SportsCar fan could walk by that and not stop?!

NASCAR K&N Pro Series at VIR

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Biscuitville 125 returns to
VIRginia International Raceway Aug. 29

Danville, Virginia – July 23, 2015 – For the third year runningVIRginia International Raceway will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Biscuitville 125. The Biscuitville 125, sponsored by Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN®, will take place on VIR’s 2.25 mile North Course on Aug. 29. The event will include a full day of racing competition featuring the rising stars of NASCAR’s top developmental series, the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites (formerly IMSA Lites) support series, and additional festivities such as testing, qualifiers, driver autograph sessions and more.

“We love having our good friends from NASCAR and Biscuitville back for one of the most thrilling and exciting races at VIR this season, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Biscuitville 125,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “Biscuitville not only holds a special place in the track’s heart but in mine as well. My dad built the first Biscuitville restaurant with the owner right in Danville. We share a true value for Southern hospitality, and we’re thrilled to share that with NASCAR fans again at the race this August. ”

Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN has been family owned and operated since 1966 with 54 locations throughout North Carolina and Virginia. It is known for serving locally sourced, Southern Inspired food that is scratch-made the old-fashioned way and hand-kneading biscuits in front of guests every 15 minutes, each and every day.

“With our first free-standing Biscuitville location built in Danville many years ago, we couldn’t think of a better event or track to partner with,” said Burney Jennings, CEO of Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN. “We enjoy every part of working alongside VIR in preparation for the Biscuitville 125, and we look forward to seeing the amazing young drivers in action. It will be an exciting weekend for all involved.”  

The Biscuitville 125 at VIR is the twelfth race in the series’ 14-race 2015 schedule for the eastern United States. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers progress to the three national series. In each race, NASCAR fans are introduced to the next generation of stars.

The supporting series, the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites, which is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association, is a 14-race schedule featuring two classes of single-seat prototype cars racing simultaneously. Each class has an overall championship, a master’s championship for drivers at least 40 years of age and a team championship.

VIR gates open Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 a.m. for an adrenaline-filled all-day event. Supporting series race throughout the day, and the Biscuitville 125 race kicks off at 4:35 p.m. Race fans can purchase tickets for the exciting NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Biscuitville 125 online or at the VIR box office. Tickets are only $10 when purchased in advance and will be an additional $10 at the gate on race day. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge and parking is also free. Additionally, guests can use the promo code “BISCUITVILLE” when purchasing advanced tickets to receive a valuable promotional package with special offers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://virnow.com/events/nascar-kn-pro-series-east/.

 

About VIRginia International Raceway

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 & 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 offers complementary amenities such as lodging, dining, a spa, an exclusive driver’s club, karting, off-road racing, skeet shooting, skid pad and more. The grounds also offer a unique setting and specialized facilities for corporate retreats, group activities and conference space. Onsite parcels are available for sale/lease to motorsports industry tenants. For more information, visit www.virnow.comFacebook or Twitter.

About NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West, is the top step in NASCAR’S developmental ladder before drivers’ progress to the three national series. The series introduces NASCAR fans to the next generation of stars, and the diverse mix of short tracks, road courses, and national series speedways appeals to a broad range of motorsports fans. With identical series racing throughout the country, the K&N Pro Series provides a cost-effective opportunity for young drivers to gain valuable experience and exposure to highly competitive racing. To learn more, please visit www.hometracks.nascar.com.

About Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN®

Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN is a family-owned company that offers guests an authentic Southern Inspired dining experience. Known for making food the old-fashioned way, Biscuitville uses fresh, authentic ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible, and provides unparalleled hospitality. The company was founded in 1966 when owner Maurice Jennings opened two pizza restaurants in Burlington. After several years, the company added signature, made-from-scratch biscuits to its menu that were so well received, business boomed and the Biscuitville brand evolved. In 2014, the company expanded its lunch menu to include fresh-made sandwiches and sides, now available at select Triad locations and rolling out to other locations by the end of 2016. Today, Biscuitville employs over 900 people and operates 54 restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia. Biscuitville serves breakfast all day from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers a lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at select Triad locations. For more information, visit www.biscuitville.com.

Nissan Signs On as VIR’s Official Auto Partner in Multi-Year Agreement

Danville, Virginia – April 15, 2015 – VIRginia International Raceway, NCR’s home track and one of America’s premier road courses, has announced NISSAN® as the official track auto partner. The major new sponsorship deal includes a multi-year partnership that builds on the auto manufacturer’s many decades of motorsports passion and innovation.

“VIR is an exceptional track to test Nissan technology and performance,” said Rick Kulach, Senior Planner – Motorsports Marketing Communications for Nissan North America. “It is a beautiful, demanding, exhilarating road course unlike anywhere else, especially in the Mid-Atlantic. We’re proud to officially partner with VIR and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship celebrating racing and innovation.”

As the official auto partner, Nissan will have signage throughout VIR as well as interactive fan experiences at many of its spectator events. Nissan hosted a large exhibit and fan zone during the 2014 Oak Tree Grand Prix TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at VIR, which exceeded expectations and ultimately helped influence the expanded track partnership.

“We’re thrilled to officially have Nissan on board as a sponsor and partner,” said Connie Nyholm, CEO and owner of VIR. “Dedicated to innovation, power with purpose and excitement for everyone, Nissan is a perfect synergy to the energy and passion for racing we have here at VIR. We’re looking forward to working together for new and exciting experiences with our fans, and continuing this relationship for years to come.”

The announcement comes as VIR gears up for the 2015 spectator season, which is expected to be one of the biggest in track history. It includes 12 high-profile events beginning in April, such as fan favorites: the MotoAmerica Road Racing Series in May, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in August and the Biscuitville 125 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East also in August. For more information or to purchase advanced tickets, visit www.virnow.com. Also, visit VIR’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online atwww.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites www.NissanNews.com and www.InfinitiNews.com

About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands.

In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.