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Ferrari Challenge Returns to VIR in 2007
Ferrari Challenge

Alton, Va. (January 13) – VIRginia International Raceway is pleased to announce that the very popular Ferrari Challenge Series, along with the Shell Historic Challenge, has been added to VIR’s calendar of events for the 2007 season.

The weekend of May 18–20, 2007 will see the return of the Ferrari Challenge and Shell Historic Challenge for the first time since 2002.

The Ferrari Challenge Series matches drivers in identically prepared Ferrari F430 Challenge racers. The F430 Challenge is a race–prepared version of Ferrari’s state–of–the–art F430 sports car. The two–seat, rear–engined machine is powered by a 4.3–liter V8 producing 483hp. The cars, which weigh 2770 lb., feature electronic paddle shifting derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 program, plus cutting–edge carbon–ceramic brakes and 19–inch slick Pirelli tires. The racing is customarily very close, with numerous lead changes and thrilling finishes, and is popular with drivers and fans alike throughout North America.

For fans of vintage machinery, The Shell Historic Challenge is limited to authentic Ferrari and Maserati race cars produced before 1981, and pre–war Alfa Romeos of the types raced by the Scuderia Ferrari. The series is organized by Ferrari North America, and sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association.

“We are very pleased to be bringing the Ferrari Challenge and Shell Historic Challenge back to VIR,” said Paul Montopoli, director of motorsports for Ferrari North America. “VIR is one of America’s great road racing circuits, and the combination of the challenging track and the first–class amenities makes it a favorite of our competitors.”

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome back the Ferrari Challenge and Shell Historic Challenge to VIR,” said VIR general manager Josh Lief. “Ferraris and Maseratis were responsible for a lot of VIR’s early history, and it’s entirely appropriate to have them as part of our 2007 schedule. We’re eagerly looking forward to the event.”

The VIR event will be the third stop for the Ferrari Challenge among six events announced to date. Other venues include Homestead–Miami Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Circuit Mont–Tremblant and California Speedway.

Tickets will be available at the gate, with three–day Super Tickets priced at $30 with single–day tickets priced at $10 (Friday) and $15 (Saturday and Sunday). VIR is a family–friendly facility, where children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Spectator camping is available.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi–purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River just outside Danville, Virginia. In addition to its 3.27–mile natural–terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America’s first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8 mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27–room trackside hotel; the new VIR Paddock Suites and Garages, with 18 dual–purpose hospitality/lodging units and garages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full–service restaurant located within the circa–1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information on VIRginia International Raceway, visit the track’s website at www.virclub.com or telephone 434–822–7700. For more information on the Ferrari Challenge or Shell Historic Challenge, visit the series’ website at www.ferrarichallenge.com.

Photo Caption: The Ferrari Challenge Series utilizes identically prepared Ferrari F430 Challenge racers. The F430 Challenge is a race–prepared version of Ferrari’s state–of–the–art F430 sports car. The two-seat, rear–engined machine is powered by a 4.3–liter V8 producing 483hp. (Photo courtesy Ferrari North America)

John Gardner
Director, Public Relations
VIRginia International Raceway
1245 Pine Tree Road
Alton, VA 24520
Work: 434.822.7700 x112
Cell: 704.467.1424
Web: www.virclub.com

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