EVENT COVERAGE: Street Driven Tour – Virginia International Raceway
by Martin Gonzales
The grand majority of MotoIQ readers have been to some sort of motorsports event. Whether participating in a track day or simply spectating at a pro event, we're always looking for ways to get our motorsports fix in. Until now we have always had to make a choice between being part of the action or just watching. Not anymore! The Street Driven Tour is a motorsports bash with something for every gear head. You want to watch some road racing, they've got it. You want to go on a drift ride along, they've got that. Want to play some drift-soccer, they've got that too!
Basically, what the team at the Street Driven Tour have created is a motorsports festival. This first event was done in conjunction with Hyperfest, and the venue was the famous and beautiful Virginia International Raceway. The perfect venue for an event like this one, as the large complex allowed for all the activities to run concurrently. A good thing too, because though this was the inaugural event, over 7,000 motorsport aficionados made it through the VIR gates!
Virginia International Raceway is one of the most scenically stunning race venues I have had the pleasure to visit. The backdrop is vastly different from the desert tracks we're used to going to here in Southern California.
The Street Driven Tour is a multiple day event and at VIR fans had the option to camp out at the track. The facilities have ample room and it was a seriously nice option for those who were not very local.
And for those who aren't all about the “camp life”, there is not only a hotel inside VIR but there are also rooms that overlook the front straightaway! This was the view from right outside our room. Awesome, right? Yep…right up until the moment the track goes hot. Nothing like waking up to the sounds of pissed off raced cars in the morning!
The move to join forces with Hyperfest for the first Street Driven Tour event gets our seal of approval! It added a NASA
track/race event to the schedule and brought along with it some serious race hardware. The paddocks are completely open to the fans, giving them the opportunity to get a close look at their favorite cars and even interacting with the teams and drivers.