What YOU Love About VIR We Asked - You Responded - We Love it!
"Great Place to Celebrate Our 33rd Wedding Anniversary. Really liked the way everything was conducted by the track and all the different locations for spectacular viewing of the race. The pit's being available to meet and talk with the rider's and owner's, and the extra attractions that Virginia International Speedway had set up for us to see. We are attempting to make the journey back as soon we can, it is so Enjoyable to be there."
- Larry H. RMX RC PLAYPARK
VIR will celebrate its 20th Anniversary of reopening in March. To kick things off, we would enjoy receiving your stories of “VIR Love” this month! Let us know what you love about VIR or share an incredible memory made here at the track. We will pick some of your stories to publish in our newsletter and social media accounts throughout the year to celebrate VIR's 20 years since reopening! Click the link below to email your story or post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #VIR20.
Congratualtions to the Graduates of the
GCAPS Information Technology Apprenticeship Program
Please join the Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS), the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Virginia Department of Labor, Danville Community College, Southern Virginia Higher Education, and Halifax IDA in congratulating the graduates of the GCAPS Information Technology Apprenticeship Program:
Over the course of two years, the apprentices worked 1,500 hours per year for GCAPS, a global leader in the transportation industry, and gained experience in using state-of-the-art code writing and programing tools for vehicle and tire modeling and simulation. They received nine credits of paid tuition for relevant course work and a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
“As the transportation industry continues to grow and evolve, we need skilled, technology-savvy professionals now more than ever to help solve the latest challenges in vehicle and tire testing modeling and simulation. The apprenticeship program helped me greatly in building a workforce at GCAPS to help meet these needs. I am very proud of the graduates and all they have accomplished,” said Frank Della Pia, the director of GCAPS.
In May 2018, GCAPS launched the paid apprenticeship in partnership with Danville Community College. Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) assisted with recruitment and several SVHEC IT Academy completers were hired as apprentices.
GCAPS is a world-class leading advanced tire and vehicle research facility that provides groundbreaking services for the global transportation industry. A collaborative effort led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, GCAPS provides advanced tire research, vehicle simulation, and mathematical modeling for virtual vehicle and tire designs. GCAPS comprises the National Tire Research Center (NTRC), the Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Labs (SoVa Motion), and the Virtual Design and Integration Laboratory (VDIL). Collectively, these initiatives provide the full range of services essential for creating a more dynamic vehicle through virtual and physical development. GCAPS is engaged in the future of transportation.
GCAPS is an affiliate company to Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. It is located at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.