The Skip Barber Racing School, the world’s largest automotive education and entertainment company, will host a performance driving school at “VIRginia” International Raceway in Halifax County, Virginia. The $8.9 million project is expected to create 24 jobs.
VIR will construct a 25,000 square foot facility within the Motorsport Technology Park which will be leased to the Skip Barber Racing School.
“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.”
The Office of the Governor approved a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund to assist Halifax County with the project.
“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,” noted 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 Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has approved a $32,500 grant from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund. 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.
“‘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 skilled workforce for the future,” added Trade Secretary 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.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with Halifax County, the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to secure the project.
“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 circuits in the country. This partnership will be a winning combination for Halifax County and Skip Barber’s world-renowned team.”
Skip Barber Racing School is an automotive education and entertainment company offering driving and racing schools across America. The company operates the Skip Barber Formula Race Series, field champion racing teams in TC America, creates innovative OEM programs that highlight the best automotive brands, and creates corporate programs that encourage teamwork and recognize excellence.