Skip Barber Racing School to move headquarters to Virginia | news

Automotive education and entertainment company invests $8.9 million, creating 24 jobs in Halifax County

RICHMOND – Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced today that the Skip Barber Racing School, the world’s largest automotive education and entertainment company that offers driving and racing schools at some of America’s finest racetracks, will invest $8.9 million to support his… to relocate headquarters from Lakeville, Connecticut and establish a performance driving school at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Halifax County. VIR will build a 25,000 square foot facility within the Motorsport Technology Park which will be leased to the Skip Barber Racing School for operations. Virginia successfully competed with California and Texas for the project, which will create 24 new jobs.

“We are proud to welcome Skip Barber Racing School to the Commonwealth and add another corporate headquarters to our growing list,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “VIRginia International Raceway is an invaluable employer in Halifax County, an engine for tourism and economic development in Southern Virginia, and a premier street course in the United States. These assets helped attract Skip Barber and we look forward to supporting the company as it fuels the growing Commonwealth auto racing industry and creates new, high-paying jobs.”

“VIRginia International Raceway is a perfect match for the Skip Barber Racing School, offering a world-class racing facility that attracts the best in the industry and university partnerships to provide a pipeline of skilled labor for the future,” said Secretary of Commerce Caren Merrick. “Leading companies are recognizing the benefits of the Commonwealth and are joining the ranks, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Skip Barber to Halifax County and Southern Virginia.”

“Our relationship with Virginia began with VIRginia International Raceway. The more our team worked with Connie Nyholm and VIR, the clearer it became that Virginia and Halifax Country would be the ideal location for our new headquarters,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of Skip Barber. “The support that the Office of the Governor and Halifax County provide to motorsport companies and the automotive industry is unmatched.”

“This is an exciting addition to the VIRginia Motorsport Technology Park, located on the grounds of Virginia International Raceway,” said Halifax County Administrator Scott Simpson. “The Skip Barber Racing School’s decision to locate here and create 24 new jobs is tremendous. Halifax County and the IDA have worked very closely with VIR to add complementary business resources to the VIRginia Motorsport Technology Park; and Skip Barber will be an asset as we continue to grow and expand our automotive and tourism businesses in Halifax County and at VIR.”

“We would like to thank both the Office of the Governor and Halifax County for working so diligently with us to provide the Skip Barber Racing School with the opportunity to make their home at the VIRginia Motorsport Technology Park,” said Connie Nyholm , CEO and co-owner of VIR. “Motorsport has deep roots in Southern Virginia and this will further deepen our already robust network of motorsport companies locally and in Halifax County.”

“The Skip Barber Racing School operates at the intersection of technology and motorsport, providing a quality experience for training and entertainment,” said Linda Green, executive director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. “VIRginia International Raceway has expanded the impact of racing and tourism through the constant implementation of automotive technology – driving innovative solutions for the industry while raising racing to a level that impacts the region’s economic vitality and VIR’s rank as one of the best Racecourses maintained in the nation. This partnership will be a winning combination for Halifax County and Skip Barber’s world-renowned team.”

Tobacco Commission Chair Senator Frank Ruff said, “The Tobacco Commission is constantly working to bring top employers to Southern Virginia, and we are proud to play a role in bringing the Skip Barber Racing School to Virginia Bring International Raceway. The Skip Barber Racing School already has an excellent reputation as the world’s largest automotive education and entertainment company and this move to VIR will only reinforce that reputation for years to come. I am excited to welcome Skip Barber to her new home here at VIR and to our community here in Southern Virginia.”

“It is my pleasure to welcome the Skip Barber Racing School headquarters to Virginia’s 5th congressional district. I am grateful to Gov. Youngkin, Halifax County, the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance for their collaboration to bring 24 additional job opportunities to Halifax,” said Congressman Bob Good.

“Southside Virginia is the birthplace of racing, so it makes sense and impact that the Skip Barber Racing School relocate its operations to VIRginia International Raceway,” said Senator Bill M. Stanley. “There is no better combination than Skip Barber and VIR and this new venture will benefit racing enthusiasts, fans and the citizens of our region for many years to come.”

“I am very pleased that the Skip Barber Racing School has chosen to relocate to Halifax County at VIR! I remember well when VIR first reclaimed the track and listened intently to their plans for growth,” said delegate James E. Edmunds. “They have kept their word to develop the VIR campus into a world-class racing/business development facility. I would like to personally thank the Skip Barber Racing School for their commitment to Southside Virginia and for the jobs they will create at this premier location.”

With international racing experience, celebrated skill and a firm belief that racing car driving can be taught, Skip Barber founded his legendary racing school in 1975. Since that first class, over 400,000 students have become racers and champions. Today, the company is the world’s largest automotive education and entertainment company, operating the Skip Barber Formula Race Series, field championship racing teams in TC and TC America, developing innovative OEM programs that highlight the best automotive brands, and producing corporate programs that build teamwork and recognize excellence .

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Halifax County, the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to secure the Virginia project. Governor Youngkin approved a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund to assist Halifax County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has approved a $32,500 grant from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund for the project. The company is eligible for government benefits under the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities are provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.