For generations, Halifax has been a hotbed of southern racing action.
We're a special place where racing legends have come, time and again, to hone their skills and where race fans come to watch history in the making.
Halifax is extremely proud to have NASCAR Cup drivers Jeff and Ward Burton as two of its native sons, and Ward is Virginia's only Daytona 500 winner. With almost thirty career wins to their credit, the Burton brothers established themselves as legends in their own right and became favorites of race fans everywhere. Those who remember watching them as children, racing go-karts at local tracks and then getting their start in stock cars at South Boston Speedway, took special pleasure in the honors Jeff and Ward have earned.
Building on this rich tradition, Halifax stands at the center of today's modern racing scene. With two highly successful racing venues - VIRginia International Raceway and South Boston Speedway - the area is ready for many more years of the racing action which has brought it such fame.
South Boston Speedway has recently undergone tremendous renovations which make it one of the nations premiere short tracks. In 1957, it was a modest quarter-mile dirt track; over the years drivers like Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have helped build their careers at "SoBo." Today, SoBo is a state-of-the-art racing complex. With the addition of fan-friendly amenities, such as a swimming pool, playground, and hospitality area, now race fans can enjoy incredible short track action combined with facilities normally only seen at America's Super Speedways.
Recently chosen as one of Car and Driver Magazine's top six road courses in the nation, VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road course offering professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing. Each year, VIR draws tens of thousands of spectators for some of the best road racing in the country. Its uphill Esses and sharp elevation changes not only make it a fan and driver favorite, but have also established it as a prominent testing facility for the automotive industry.
While racing is the heart of VIR, the expansive 1,300-acre property located at the Virginia-North Carolina border is so much more. America's first true "motorsport resort," it's an entire vacation destination with a number of onsite hotel and lodging options. Within the property's rolling hills and miles of lush forest, guests can enjoy unique amenities such as the exclusive Driver's Club, karting, off-road racing, skeet shooting, pistol, and rifle ranges, skid pad, dining options, spa and more.
Also, located onsite is VIRginia Motorsport Technology Park, an industrial park that is home to some of the leading automotive and motorsports companies in the world. From the SoVA Motion Vehicle Lab operated by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to the National Tire Research Center and WISKO Race Engineering, offering a fantastic location for your racing technology business, while receiving unparalleled track access at VIR . For more information, visit www.virnow.com.