VIR Taps Richard Petty as Grand Marshal for GT Challenge Race

Danville, VA — Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will welcome NASCAR Hall of Famer and team owner Richard Petty as Grand Marshal for the Michelin GT Challenge during the Aug. 27 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend.

Petty will start the Michelin GT Challenge by asking drivers to start their engines for the nearly three-hour race on the track’s historic 3.27-mile full course. Petty will also be available for fan meet and greets, autograph signings and photo opportunities throughout the day.

Petty knows firsthand how demanding VIR’s track can be. He and others had difficulties making a left-hand turn, now unofficially dubbed “NASCAR Bend,” during a Trans-Am race in the 1960s. This tough third turn of the course also leads drivers further toward the “climbing esses,” a section of the track considered by many race drivers as one of the most challenging and intimidating in North America.

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