Name: VIRginia International Raceway
Where: Alton, Virginia, USA
When: 2016, 2017
Why: GT Challenge IMSA
Notes: VIR was a forbidden fruit type of track for me. Why? Because for professional events the track hired employees and being a member of a club didn’t carry any weight to get in. So I missed out on it for many years until a friend from Watkins Glen invited me to sing up for a different role: Pit Fire Marshal. That was my ticket in. Once I arrived I discovered that sometimes they were short on flaggers to and that allowed me to work as a flagger for a day too. I thoroughly enjoyed working as pit fire. I also got an opportunity to work as a hooker, riding on a rescue truck and responding to incidents. Hooking up race cars was a great deal of fun.