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Acorn seeds new VIR Oak Tree

SoVaNow.com / August 25, 2014
Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR, announced that the “son of oak tree” has recently been discovered after a local family had contacted the track after learning of the oak tree falling on July 2 2013. Their son, a former employee of VIR, had planted an acorn that was taken from the original tree about nine years ago. It has grown to a current size of about two feet in height.

VIR has consulted with the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the tree will be replanted outside the track, approximately 150 feet from where the original oak tree stood for over 200 years. The oak tree had long been an icon and symbol of VIR. The replanting of a descendant of the original oak tree will ensure its continuing legacy for future generations of fans.

“The Oak Tree meant so much to us at VIR and we’ve put a lot of thought into how best to honor it. We are so excited to have found the ‘son of oak tree’ and to be able to have something related to the original tree onsite, as well as being able to offer some of the original tree to the fans who knew it so well. These actions will serve as a nod to the past, while looking toward our future.” Nyholm said.

The original tree has been milled by Dreaming Creek Timber Frame Homes in Powhatan and is drying for future use. The plan is to cut the tree into several large slabs after one to two years of drying. A memorial marker will be placed on the same location where the old oak tree once stood. Other large and smaller pieces will be made available for purchase by fans. Fans will be able to create their own works of art, furniture and creations to honor the oak tree.

SERIES TO RETURN IN 2015 - Scott Atherton, the president and COO of IMSA, offered a positive view of VIR Saturday.

IMSA has brought its Tudor United Sports Car championship to the southside Virginia Motorsports club, and the sanctioning body had recently announced VIR again would be on the schedule for 2015.

The series will return to VIR next year on Aug. 23, 2015.

“Virginia International Raceway is a popular stop for many of our competitors and enjoys local and growing fan support. It’s going to be a great event this weekend and we are delighted to return in 2015,” he said.

In addition to the scheduled replanting, VIR has already undergone improvements. The full racecourse has been repaved and widened by six feet at several locations to allow safer and easier passing.

“Connie Nyholm and her outstanding team continue to do a fantastic job of improving the track and fan amenities,” Atherton said.

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