Sunday, March 7, 2010

VIR write up on Bosch Race Weekend

The Bosch Engineering 250 Is Coming!

The Bosch Engineering 250 Weekend presents the best of sports car racing on America's finest natural terrain road course. With dozens of great spectator viewing areas, a family friendly environment and late night fun too - you just can't beat the Bosch Engineering 250.The event takes place on April 23-25, 2010. The racing includes GRAND-AM's top-tier Rolex Sports Car Series that has established itself as the most competitive professional road racing championship in North America. The Rolex Series Daytona Prototype category has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and universally recognized teams through its extremely raceable and relatively affordable format, and has revolutionized sports car racing with plentiful battles at the front of the field and close finishes in virtually every race.

Like the Daytona Prototype class that has redefined prototype sports car racing, the Rolex Series GT class has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports car racing. With an eye toward the cost-containment and close competition that has propelled the popularity of the Daytona Prototype class, the GT category provides a stable battleground for the world's top automobile manufacturers. Perhaps best of all, the Rolex Series' two-class format allows race fans with just two easy-to-distinguish classes of race cars - Daytona Prototypes and GT.Also featured that weekend is the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, featuring straight-from-the-showroom American muscle cars and the hottest imports. Still more racing is on tap for the weekend, with the SCCA Pro Jetta TDI Cup, featuring Diesel Powered VW Jetta TDI's having a double race weekend. There is also the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, the Mustang Challenge and Skip Barber National, so there will be racing from almost dawn to dusk. New this year, VIR will have 2 big screens (one in the paddock and one across from turns 4-5) for fans to watch the live speed feed of the action.Off the track, there is also tons of stuff to do! Come early and camp for the entire weekend and bring the family (15 and under are free!). For kids, there will be a kids zone with inflatable activities. There will even be a soccer clinic for young fans that want to try to something a bit different during the race weekend. Visit the VIR Go-Kart track and try your hand at racing yourself. Fan laps will get you on track in your own car (sign up required at the VIR store). The pre-race grid walk will get you up close with the cars and drivers before the Rolex and Continental races.Admission includes paddock access, so you can see the cars and drivers up close all weekend long. On Friday night, there is a celebrity pro-am go-kart race to benefit Camp Boggy Creek and fans will be picked to part of the action. On Saturday night, there will be a battle of the bands for some after hours fun. The Pagoda grill is open during the day and Oak Tree Tavern every evening.