VIR Prepares For Biggest Race of The Year

Halifax Co., VA -- A record number of people are getting ready to pack into Virginia International Raceway for its biggest race of the year. The American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series combined to create the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, which is being held at VIR this weekend.

VIR expects to have 40,000 to 50,000 people in attendance this weekend. No wonder because visitors can see cars like Maseratis, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris are up close.

Thursday and Friday they are just having a test run. Saturday and Sunday the races start. VIR has been getting ready for months. They prepared the track by painting lines, putting up signs, arranging for the media, among other things. Now, most of the set up falls on the teams.

They prepare their hauler and tent, as well as work on the cars. VIR has been doing a high-end sports car racing series since 2002. They say it really helps the local economy. Most hotels are sold out and restaurants will be packed all weekend long.

"It's a lot of extra business. It's a lot of extra revenue for them. We love that, we love to support ourselves and our community and we think this is fantastic event. And it's only going to get larger," says Mike Rose, Director of Marketing for VIR.

One visitor this weekend has a lot of people excited: actor Patrick Dempsey from ABC's Grey's Anatomy. He will race this weekend. Tickets are still on sale, so stop by VIR and get one.