ROANOKE, VA, March 21, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- VIRginia International Raceway is hosting an Open House and Charity Laps event to benefit Victory Junction, a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses. Funds raised from the March 28 event will directly support the Randleman, N.C.-based nonprofit in its efforts to provide life-changing camping experiences in a medically sound environment at no cost to campers or their families.
For each donation of just $25, guests can drive their own cars on VIR's historic 3.27-mile full course for 15 minutes. In addition, all facilities at VIR, including the kart track, skeet shooting courses, the spa and the Oak Tree Tavern, will be open for all to enjoy. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. No advanced reservations are required and donations will be collected onsite the day of the event.
"We're honored to be able to partner with VIR again for this event," said Kyle Petty, co-founder of Victory Junction and former NASCAR driver. "It is great seeing car enthusiasts support Victory Junction through this special opportunity to drive on the historic road course. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are grateful for our generous donors who are giving seriously ill children an amazing summer camp experience."
This is the second annual VIR Open House and Charity Laps benefiting Victory Junction with last year's event raising more than $15,000 for the camp. The cost of sending one child to camp for one week is $2,500. However, through generous donations and events like the VIR Open House and Charity Laps, sick children and their families attend free of charge.
"Victory Junction does incredible things for children with serious illnesses and we're honored to be able to support them in any way we can," said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. "Providing open access to our track and facilities allows our fans to live out their racing dreams while supporting a great cause. We invite everyone to come out and join us for what will be a fun, family-friendly day."
Community members who drive during the event will be some of the first to experience the newly repaved track. During the offseason, VIR underwent several major renovations to update the facilities including repaving the entire track, widening it in several places and paving in the north paddock. This Open House and Charity Laps event will kick off a busy season for VIR that includes the Biscuitville 125 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the newly formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the result of last year's merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series, in its inaugural season, both taking place in August 2014.
For more information on the Open House and Charity Laps event, visit: http://virnow.com/2014/02/24/open-house-charity-laps-benefit-victory-junction/.
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.
Recognized as the country club of racing, 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 http://www.VIRnow.com, Facebook or Twitter.
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