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VIR Welcomes Camp Motorsport

Alton, Va. (January 30) – VIRginia International Raceway is pleased to announce the arrival of Camp Motorsport to the 1400–acre Southern Virginia facility in the summer of 2007. For young people aged 10–16 who are racing enthusiasts, Camp Motorsport will be a dream come true, combining the thrill and excitement of racing with a summer–camp setting to provide the most unique and enjoyable experience available.

Camp Motorsport is organized by Ken Martin, who was formerly the director of the U.S. Space Camp and produced a previous motorsports–related camp in Atlanta. Camp Motorsport will be an interactive, hands–on learning environment. Not only will campers learn safe driving techniques (no driver’s license or prior racing experience is required), teamwork and leadership skills, but also practical applications for many of the math, science and technology principles taught in school. Best of all, it’s the most fun week of camp a young motorsports enthusiast will ever have!

Parents can send their kids to Camp Motorsport and never worry about their safety or well–being. Each and every program during the week is closely supervised by a staff of highly–trained counselors (known as team managers) and supervisors. From the time a child arrives until he or she is signed back into their parents’ care, they are never without supervision. Safety is the No. 1 priority at Camp Motorsport. Full safety gear is required whenever time will be spent in and around cars, and medical staff will be on the premises 24 hours a day to dispense medication or deal with any illnesses that may arise.

Utilizing the beautiful setting of VIR as a background and the extensive facilities as part of the tools, Camp Motorsport offers several programs for kids and adults to enjoy and learn about their favorite sport. Weeklong programs for kids aged 10–16 will be held throughout June, July and August, but there will also be a limited number of parent/child weekends and adult–only weekends. Corporate programs will also be available.

“We are really looking forward to launching Camp Motorsport at VIR,” said Martin. “It is such a beautiful facility, and the perfect setting for a motorsports–themed summer camp. We want to help motivate young people to learn, but above all we want them to have the time of their young lives living out the fantasy of being on a real race team, even if it’s only for one week at camp.”

“We are pleased to be hosting Camp Motorsport,” said VIR general manager Josh Lief. “Camp has been an important growth experience for many of us in life, and to combine the fun of summer camp with the excitement of motorsports will be great. Camp Motorsport is an ideal addition to VIR’s ever–expanding portfolio of services, and we can’t wait to have the kids here starting this summer.”

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi–purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River 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 motorsport country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; 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; the new Villas at South Bend, a 60–unit residential villa complex; Camp Motorsport, a motorsports–themed summer camp for young people aged 10–16; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full–service restaurant located within the circa–1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information, visit the track’s website at www.virclub.com, or telephone (434) 822–7700. For more information on Camp Motorsport, visit their website at www.CampMotorsport.com or telephone (434) 822–2999.

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