News about a road course opening within an hour of your house is like waking up to a roller coaster right in your backyard! Management of Thompson International Speedway has revealed a proposed track map and confirmed that construction of the road course will begin in 2013 in preparation for a full season of road course events in 2014!
Thompson is tucked in the Northeast corner of Connecticut and its location would make it the closest road course to the Boston area. It is a few miles closer to Boston than New Hampshire Motors Speedway, which all clubs in the Boston area have been calling "home track" for the past 20 years. Based on the map, Thompson is expected to have approximately 11 turns in its longest configuration. Looking at the scale and factoring in the 5/8 miles long oval track used today, I would expect the road course to be 1.5-1.75 miles long. Not bad at all for a road course in your backyard! And turn names like The Chute and Diving Turn look really tasty to track enthusiasts!
Just as encouraging, Thompson Int'l sated that "The venue, when used as a road course, will be primarily for club events, i.e., PCA, BMW, SCCA, etc, high performance driving schools, corporate outings, testing, etc. Our primary goal is to re-pave the historic course, upgrade degraded asphalt, safety barriers and overall facilities and amenities."
“With this being said we project to have a full 2014 road racing season. To help everyone plan for our opening and your racing activities, we will begin reserving club rental dates in February 2013 for the 2014 season."
So call your club now and make sure they are on it. These track dates will sell out in no time!
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