Experience the Thrill: Lightning Lap Track Day at Virginia International Raceway

Mudassir Ali
By Mudassir Ali
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Experience the Thrill: Lightning Lap Track Day at Virginia International Raceway

Join us for an exhilarating day of speed and excitement at Virginia International Raceway’s renowned Grand Course. Car and Driver, in collaboration with Kaizen Autosport, extends a warm invitation to automotive enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike to participate in a track day experience like no other.

Inner Speedster

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, as we gear up for an adrenaline-fueled showdown on America’s toughest track. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a novice enthusiast, there’s something for everyone at our Lightning Lap-inspired event.

What to Expect

Prepare yourself for a day filled with heart-pounding action, camaraderie, and the opportunity to push your limits on the track. Compete in a 10-class showdown for the quickest lap, with awards, podium celebrations, and the chance to mingle with fellow enthusiasts and Car and Driver staff.

Options for Participation

Choose from three exciting ways to experience the thrill of VIR and Lightning Lap:

  1. Experienced Drivers: Seasoned racers will enjoy five 30-minute sessions on the track, with groups organized based on previous experience.
  2. Enthusiast Drivers: Perfect for beginners or those new to track driving, participants will engage in lead and follow sessions to familiarize themselves with the track.
  3. Spectators: Not behind the wheel? No problem! Spectators can enjoy the action firsthand with a hot lap from a Car and Driver editor or Kaizen Autosport instructor, followed by lunch with C/D staffers.


Classes are divided based on pricing groups, ensuring fair competition and an exciting racing experience for all participants. From Street to Race Car categories, there’s a class for every type of vehicle:

  • Street: LL1 to LL5
  • Race Car: Prototype LLP1 to GT Cars LLR3


Be part of the action and witness firsthand the thrill of Lightning Lap at Virginia International Raceway. Whether you’re aiming for the podium or cheering from the sidelines, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.


Secure your spot for the 2024 Lightning Lap track day and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush on one of America’s most challenging tracks.

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