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    Laps at VIR



    I'm a sucker for these "drive your car on the track events", so if you're a racing snob and don't like it, have a nice day anyway!

    For a donation to the Salvation Army, Virginia International Raceway opens up their track twice a year for driving your car in a 20 minute session. This is for charity, so it's not racing, there is no passing, but I can say that going over 100mph on a track is still a lot of fun if you like to drive. I donated twice and drove two times, the first session behind a Porsche Targa 911 4S, so that's what this video is from. At the start you can see 1/4th of the cars starting ahead of us, there were a TON of cars and drivers out there yesterday. Great weather, sunny and just a bit chilly. On the two longest straights I was over 100mph a bit, once in 4th gear.

    VIR has about 180 feet of elevation change, so if nothing else you get a good look at the track from the video. The first few laps were slower, but after a few circuits we built up more speed, which is really fun on the long uphill esses at VIR.

    In this first session there is a yellow flag caution on about the 5th lap, right before a big downhill, so the flag was good to see since over the hill was out of sight. Just a Corvette that pulled off due to some issue, no injuries or damage that I could see.

    In an afternoon session I was behind a Corvette, and a yellow Golf in front of him was smoking before he pulled over after a few laps, drawing another yellow flag for safety. Other than that, just a lot of fun seeing a lot of Corvettes, Porsches, Mustangs, Camaros, two other Abarths, one Lamborghini, one Ferrari (a boring Mondial), and a cool 1959 Turner sports car (had never even heard of those before).



    Here's a few photos too: Abarth and Turner, Race Car with Seinfeld quotation, Ariel Atom, Just part of the crowd!
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    Thanks for sharing. VIR is one of my favorite places to visit. I've been to the Gold Cup Historic races several times as well as a few other races. I've never had the opportunity to get on the track but the Abarth would make that a lot of fun. It looks like a great driving track.

    Interesting history at that place. It was a hot spot with road racers in the 60's but almost died out completely. New ownership brought the track back from the dead several years ago and from all appearances, it's thriving.

    Pretty interesting reading on this website:

    http://www.virhistory.com/vir.html
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    Here's more of the same, afternoon laps, this time behind a Corvette.
    About lap 3 the yellow VW in front of the Corvette pulls over to the side of the road with an issue.

    I accidently recorded this in GoPro "Time Lapse", so there is no audio, then I had to slow down the playback to get close to real speed. Oh well, it was fun! Hopefully I drive better than I operate cameras!

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    Robert Nixon thanks for the video. I think you just have way to much fun in that Abarth you got. So guess that leaves it at do it again. Thanks.
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    ^^^ Noticed some nice lines chosen in the previous video (admit I haven't checked the latest one yet). I'd be pretty annoyed with all those words flying around while I was trying to drive though.

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    Ha! The words get in the way!

    I was at least mostly trying to drive the racing line, at least on the uphill essess it was lots of fun when we didn't have to slow down.

    Man, I need to retire and drive on the track more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Nixon View Post
    Ha! The words get in the way!

    I was at least mostly trying to drive the racing line, at least on the uphill essess it was lots of fun when we didn't have to slow down.

    Man, I need to retire and drive on the track more!
    Well it looks like fun words or not.

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    VIR has announced that they collected and donated $30,000 from last Friday's event for the Salvation Army!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    That is awesome! Any idea if / when this will happen again? Would love to get my Abarth out there with you.

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