VIRginia International Raceway Promotes Two Key Executives
Top Road Course Names New President and COO, as well as a Chief Strategy Officer
DANVILLE, Virginia –VIRginia International Raceway, one of North America’s premier road courses, is excited to announce the promotions of two long-term executive team members. Kerrigan Smith has been named President and Chief Operating Officer for all of VIR, and Sandie Currie is now the facility’s Chief Strategy Officer.
Smith’s new role expands on his previous position as COO of track operations. In addition to growing VIR with a focus on track renters and maintaining the title as one of the top six road courses in the country, Smith will now also oversee all VIR operations, including its one-of-a-kind resort that includes on site lodging, dining, shooting, karting and more. Smith has been with the VIR team since 2010, and prior to that spent eight years with Synergy Racing, formally G&W Motorsports, working his way up from pit crew to general manager.
Currie has been with VIR for over 15 years, most recently serving as the COO of VIR’s resort offerings. In her new role as Chief Strategy Officer, she will work closely with owner and CEO Connie Nyholm on developing long-term strategies to ensure VIR’s future growth for decades to come. Leveraging her love of Virginia and business expertise, Currie currently serves on the Board of the Danville Community College Foundation, Riverview Rotary Club, Halifax Tourism and the Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area.
“Throughout their combined 25 years of experience at VIR, Kerrigan and Sandie have always been two of the most hardworking people I know,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “They are both so deserving of these promotions, and I’m thrilled to continue working side-by-side with them as we continue to make VIR better than ever before. We have so many exciting things to look forward to in 2019 and I can’t wait to see all they do for our continued success.”
These promotions bring an exciting close to another prosperous year for the track and as VIR gears up for the 2019 season. VIR recently unveiled its upcoming spectator schedule, kicking off in April with several fan-favorite races and new additions, including HyperFest in May, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in August and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in October. For more information or to purchase race tickets, visit www.VIRnow.com.
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 offers on-site amenities such as lodging, dining, an exclusive driver’s club, karting, skid pad, skeet, shooting ranges and off-road trails for government and military training, industrial park 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, Twitter, or YouTube.