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“Looks like a golf course! Great races and maintenance of grounds!”

Virginia International Raceway
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Alton
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

While staying at Smith Mountain Lake we took a day trip to Danville area (Alton) to see the VIR races. We have been there many times and love the adventure. Here you can sit next to the track and watch the many kinds of racing. There are two areas (Oak Tree turn-tree removed this year) or a larger area with less noise we like that is near everything. They have a wonderful road course where you can see the turns and straight areas. We like the classic car race with the BMWs, MGs, Cobras etc. as we also enjoy walking around the pit areas. There is a store for the patrons with a few shirts, parts, race suits, helmets etc. and a covered food area where you can sit and watch the race. There are picnic area under the trees near the track and a observation area above the food area. There is a well maintained red barn for working on cars and a covered pit area near the start with motel rooms over the pits for racers etc. We take a picnic basket and cooler and a tarp tent that we set up behind the car next to the track. Here you can back right up to the grass area and you don't even need to take the cooler out of the car. This is open most of the time for cars to park but can be closed if it is a big race. There are bleachers and an area for RV's, Motor Coaches etc. to camp. Some vendors are also available. There are races for motorcycles, historic cars, nascar, formula one and everything between. I like this type of racing as it is more interesting track than nascar around and around and is much less noise as the cars come around on a much larger track and a more interesting track with curves, turns with tree areas and rises and bridges over the course. There are condos and a motel on the grounds along with a spa and clubhouse. Kind of tricky finding it but watch for VIR signs as it is in an area by itself. Many famous people have raced here from nascar to formula one. Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey, Carroll Shelby are a few of the people that have raced or been there to sign autographs. They have shows and events there also. Highly recommend for singles to families to get a taste of good racing, well run facility and beautiful grounds. We usually go on Fridays as less crowded and can see pre race trials.

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Very nice track, especially if you get to do the entire course. Also great amenities making it easy if you bring the kids. Lodging on site. Convenient and clean. Tavern also onsite with decent food.

1  Thank julesvoyage
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This track was awesome. Carts go upwards of 30 mph (faster maybe if you're better than I was!). The track is like a half mile long with many awesome curves. A bit pricey - $40 a person for half-hour - but was super fun.

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Not too many racetracks have expended to this level, offering so many possibilities for all kind of racing - amateur and professional - activities. Surprising knowing the place is so remote at the border of Virginia and North Carolina. It is worth considering for championship organizers. The owners are also looking forward to improve based on legitimate suggestions.
Do not miss the TMI Autotech race school with very special cars.

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Reviewed 27 June 2013

I go to a lot of racetracks and this experience was like being at camp! My husband does club racing and this year we decided to check out VIR. We stayed in the villas right at the track. We were there for three night. Also, at the track is two restaurants, one down at the paddock with better than typical track food, the selection is bigger than any track I have ever been to, including a decent veggie burger. The other a full service restaurant up in a different location up on a hill with woods all around. Plus, they have a good sized pool for people staying at the track overnight. Great experience. Definitely up in my top three for track experiences so far.

If you are going for just the day there are plenty of good places to see the races from. Many of which are in the shade, but as all tracks go, it can get extremely hot in the summer in the sun so take precautions.

3  Thank JennTraveler
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