Danville, Virginia – VIRginia International Raceway welcomes back HyperFEST, the National Auto Sport Association’s annual motorsports festival presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, May 17-19. The action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family is now in its 18th year, and will feature road racing, drifting, karting, multiple live music performances and much more.
The three-day event schedule is action-packed, featuring the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports as a highlight of the weekend. The annual no-holds-barred challenge will take place Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, and aims to find the fastest machines on four wheels, some boasting 1000 horsepower. Racing fans can also put their own cars to the test with the opportunity to drive on VIR’s 3.27-mile road course, complete with 17 challenging turns and 130 feet of elevation changes, during the National Auto Sport Association’s weekend-long High Performance Driving Event. Additionally, visitors can try their hand at high performance driving during a 20-minute HyperDrive on the roller coaster-like Patriot Circuit.
New this year, there will be three stages of live music both Friday and Saturday. The music schedule is jam-packed with a lineup of great artists, many from Virginia, performing genres from dubstep to rock and everything in-between. The stages include a main stage, Impulse collective sound camp stage and Ebisu sound camp stage located throughout the property. Additionally, this will be the first year the event includes food trucks, updated camping packages and GRM experience packages, which offer attendees the opportunity to experience a variety of activities throughout the HyperFEST weekend at one price.
“HyperFEST is a one-of-a-kind event with so much to offer nearly every type of motorsports fan,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “The automotive amusement park gives visitors three full days of family fun including high-speed racing, electrifying musical performances, spectator games and much more. It’s a weekend at the track fans do not want to miss!”
HyperFEST will also include ride-along options with racing champions, in rally cars and off-roaders; drifting events and ride-alongs with Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr; helicopter rides; off-road obstacle courses; burnout contests; a kids zone; car show; vendor midway; a Paul Reed Smith air guitar contest; and the fan-favorite Koni Power Wheels downhill attack competition, sponsored by Red Line Synthetic Oil, where participants 18+ can race downhill to the finish line in motor-less Power Wheel cars.
“HyperFEST is THE car party on the East Coast. We love all things cars and all those that love cars. People travel from all over the United States to HyperFEST because it is the only event like it in the country,” said Chris Cobetto, HyperFEST founder and director. “VIR’s expansive property and premier racing facilities make it the perfect place to host this incredible event and we’re ecstatic to be back. We can’t wait for fans to experience all HyperFEST has to offer this year!”
Advanced tickets for the HyperFEST weekend are $50 for three-day general admission. All tickets will be an additional $10 when purchased at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge with a paying adult and parking is also free. Active military are admitted free of charge and veterans receive a 50 percent discount with valid military ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.virnow.com or call (434) 822-TIKS.
About VIRginia International Raceway
VIRginia International Raceway is one of America’s premier road courses, offering professional and amateur racing for modern and vintage classes while providing contemporary resort amenities. A prominent test facility for the automotive industry, VIR has the distinction of being named one of the top six courses in North America by Car and Driver Magazine, and southern roots and hospitality make it one of the friendliest. Conveniently located at the Virginia/North Carolina border, VIR is just a short two-hour trip from Richmond and about an hour and 15 minutes from both the Piedmont-Triad and Raleigh-Durham International Airports.
VIR visitors enjoy a full onsite resort, complete with amenities such as lodging, dining, an exclusive driver’s club, karting, off-road racing, shooting sports, skid pad and more. VIR’s hospitality features also make the property an unparalleled venue for corporate retreats, team building, special events and other group experiences. For more information, visit www.VIRnow.com, Facebook or Twitter.
HyperFEST was designed to offer automotive enthusiasts the opportunity to drive their own car on a racetrack, watch from the sidelines, and everything in between. With an emphasis on a fun, family atmosphere, HyperFESTprovides a great destination for families looking to spend a day at the track. The event features road racing, drifting demos, hyper-drives, car show, ride-alongs in drifting and rally cars, kid zone, karting, vendor midway, and much more. For more information please visit: www.hyper-fest.com, Facebook: hyperfest1, Instagram: @hyperfest, and Twitter: @hyperfest.