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General manager of VIR leaving to practice law

VIRginia International Raceway General Manager Josh Lief is leaving his job by the end of this season to return to Richmond to practice law, VIR officials announced this weekend.

Lief will remain with the company as a senior adviser for the foreseeable future and will work with the VIR ownership to find a replacement at the appropriate time, VIR officials said in a press release Saturday.

Speaking of his decision, Lief said, “I have had an amazing five seasons at VIR and am very thankful to Connie and Harvey for the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime gearhead’s dream.” 

He continued, “I love VIR and always will and am so proud of our staff and how far we’ve come and am thankful for the support of so many people over the past years and the friends I’ve made, but it would not be possible to name them all.

“I will still be regularly coming to VIR to race, work and enjoy what Paul Newman appropriately called ‘Heaven on Earth,’” he added.

Lief said he has missed his family and legal practice and when an unexpected opportunity to practice law in public service in Richmond came along recently, it was “just too good to pass up.” 

VIR co-partners and owners Connie Nyholm and Harvey Siegel commented on Lief’s decision this weekend saying, “Josh did an amazing job for us for five seasons and will always be part of VIR and our family.  We are very grateful for his dedication and hard work and look forward to continuing to work with him and wish him the best of luck always.”