Recent News

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.”

Triangle Chapter Report - April 2015

We had a good time at the April meeting of the Triangle Chapter. There wasn’t much to do except eat, drink, and catch up on what everyone had been up to, but we had a great time doing it. Assistant RE Mike Spencer brought his family’s long time friend, Marcella Hutscke, from upstate New York. She’s not a member yet, but as she wasn’t looking forward to returning home to the frozen northland, that may change as soon as she can retire and move to the sunny South.

April Board meeting moved to April 22nd

Due to its close proximity to the VIR Spring Sprints-Majors race on April 17-19, the NCR Board of Directors meeting, which would have been held on April 15th, will be held a week later on April 22nd. Location is the same as always: Piper's Deli, 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707, (919) 489-2481. All members welcome.

Join us at VIR for the Spring Open House and Iconic Oak Tree Replanting this Friday, April 3rd

Danville, Virginia – March 25, 2015 – VIRginia International Raceway is hosting its annual Spring Open House and Charity Laps event April 3 to benefit Victory Junction, a moving nonprofit that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences at no cost to their families. In addition, VIR will hold a special ceremony memorializing the track’s iconic oak tree with the replanting of a descendant of the original tree.

The iconic oak tree, which stood for more than 200 years and fell in the summer of 2013, served as a prominent feature, symbol and welcome shade to the track’s south end. Last year, VIR discovered “the son of oak tree,” which had been planted from an acorn taken from the original tree about ten years ago by a former VIR employee. Through consultation with the Virginia Department of Forestry, the tree will be transported and replanted near the spot of the old oak tree. The new location will be outside the track, approximately 150 feet from the original location, providing more stable ground and accommodating modern racing safety regulations. 

Isn’t it time you tried an Autocross?

What an event! What a venue! Ever consider trying out autocross? Well, you should! The pair just put on by the Cape Fear Chapter at Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point is a good example why. It’s been 30 years since I, the Membership Chair, ran an autocross, so I should have registered as a novice, but there were so many Novice Class entrants, that I thought I’d have an easier time if I ran my box-stock Miata in E Street. Wrong! Those Cape Fear folks know how to treat novices right.

We've Lost Sam Overstreet!

The North Carolina Region has lost a dear friend. Sam Overstreet passed away early Friday morning, March 20th, after a lengthy illness. No services are planned and her husband, Mo, asks that you not contact him by phone. Also, if you’re going to send a card, don’t send a sad, gloomy one…try to be positive, maybe a fond remembrance of Sam. Mo’s had enough “sad” lately!

Triangle Chapter Report - March 2015

The Triangle Chapter meeting for March was a rousing success, despite it being only a couple of days before our first race of the season. While many regular attendees were absent, no doubt working feverishly to get the cars ready for the “March Into Spring” event, those who came out got to visit with our resident pro driver Tom Long. Tom was in town and also planning to attend the race because he had a couple of clients he was coaching. Let’s hope they do well!

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