By Torrey Kim
Who said driving around a track is just for race car drivers? Hundreds of lucky drivers got to enjoy a beautiful day at the track while they raised money for charity on April 1 when Virginia International Raceway teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.®
The track hosted various makes and models for the event, which offered a 20-minute session on VIR’s esteemed North Course for just $25.00, and all proceeds benefited six Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) locations in the Southeast. In addition, the makers of the Aerial Atom race car offered $10.00 hot laps, with $2.00 per lap going to the charity. Even seasoned competitive drivers were astounded at the Aerial Atom’s incredible performance.
With the success of the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser, other charities and car clubs have shown interest in how to organize a successful fundraising event at the track—but keep in mind, it takes planning. “It has always been my feeling that the teams should work on an event at least six months out and the event should be heavily promoted three months out, with the big push at the end,” said Kerrigan Smith,Director of Track Operations at VIR.
At the April 1st event, drivers had the opportunity to take on VIR’s challenging 2.25 mile North Course, which can safely offer laps to about five groups of 25 cars each during a one-day event. “If we were doing the Full Course, we could do upwards of 50 cars in 5 groups,” Smith said. Offering 20 minute sessions during a 9:00 am to 4:00 pm event, “I would estimate you could do 450 cars comfortably during a day on the North Course. You could possibly double that number on the full course,” he added.