ALTON, Va. -

Road course drivers spent the day getting a feel for the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County as part of a national racing series.

It's one of only 13 tracks to host the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

This is the first year for the series following a merger between the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series.

It's also part of the track's plan to appeal to a international audience. Drivers say the track is unlike any other.

"It's definitely one of the driver's favorites that we come to. It's extremely fast. One of the most famous parts of this track that really gets the driver's attention are the high speed S's," said Jonathan Bomarito, a driver.

The championship is August 22 through 24. Tickets range from $50 to $90.