VIR - 1972 April  IMSA - Pre-Race Press

Virginia International Raceway April 15-16, 1972

Raleigh Times, April 5, 1972
Sports column by Caulton Tudor

...The next IMSA race in both Camel GT and Goodrich series will be at Virginia International Raceway on April 15-16.

The feature event of the two-day program at the VIR, located just east of Milton, N. C., will be the second annual VIR 250 over the 3.2-mile road course.

A total purse of $12,000 will be divided up in the 250-mile race with a team Porsche, driven by Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood, favored to cop its second straight win.

Actually, there will be four classifications, running at once in the 250: the Touring Under, in which the Gregg-Haywood Porsche are entered; the Touring Over, which was won last year by Don Henning in an American Motors Javelin; Grand Touring under 2.5-liters, won in 1971 by Clint Abernethy in a BMW; and the Grand Touring over 2.5-liters, won by the team of Dave Hines, Or Costanzo and Don Yenko in a Toye-English Corvette last year.

IMSA will also hold a $2,500 for the Goodrich A and B series. Last year's VIR winner in the A division was George Alderman in a Datsun 510 while Durham's Byron Morris won B division in a BMW.

Also set for the "Spring Fling" weekend, as VIR officials have nicknamed the entire event, is an I-1000 series race for formula cars, which will also carry a $2,500 purse.

The 100-mile Goodrich series race will be held Saturday at 3 o'clock following morning practice and time trails. The I-1000 formula, race and the VIR 250 are both set for Sunday.

The admission for the two days of racing, plus camping privileges around the track for Saturday night, is $7.

Please e-mail me with any additional info about this or any other race. Thanks.

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