VIR - October 1957 Race Announcement

Virginia International Raceway - October 26-27, 1957

Newspaper Article Aug 31, 1957

VIR Names Four-Event Racing Card

DANVILLE, Va., Aug. 31- A four-event schedule of Sports Car Club of America Grand Prix endurance racing Oct. 27 was announced today for the Virginia International Raceway's 3.2-mile rolling road course, and the feature event for the big cars will be 21/2 hours.

Ed Kemm of Greensboro, president of VIR, stated that four endurance races would be slated in the road course's second national sports car competition.

Feature race for Class B-C-D-E-F Sports will go 2:30 hours, and based on the winning time of Carroll Shelby of Dallas, Tex. in the Aug. 4 feature, the winner might cover 200 miles over the dangerous curves and rolling hills of the VIR.

Expected to be on hand for this endurance spectacle will be the class winners of the first VIR show: Shelby's Maserati in Class C, Paul O'Shea Of Port Chester, N.Y., driving Mercedes Benz, Class D; John Middleton of Barrington, Ill., driving Ferrari, Class E; and Bob Holbert of Warrington, Pa., driving Porsche RS, Class F.

The other three endurance events, all based on time elapsed, are as follows: 10 a.m. - Formula III and H Sports, 45 minutes; 11 a.m. - E-F-G Production, one hour; 12:30 p.m. - B-C-D Production and G Sports, 1:30 hours. The 2:30 hour feature begins at 2:30 p.m.

Kemm stated that no races would be staged on Saturday, Oct. 26, to avoid conflict with the major college football games of the area. These include North Carolina at Wake Forest, Duke at North Carolina State, and Army at Virginia. However, he has outlined six hours of practice runs for the more than 100 racing cars expected. Practice begins at 11 a.m. and continues until dusk. All competitors must have speed trials on Saturday, too.


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