Despite significant challenges from the weather this spring and summer, we have completed most of the safety system. Apex and exit curbing are completed. The grass verge has been graded and hydro-seeded. Six miles of guard rail installed. The massive pit lane barrier has been installed. Approximately 16,000 tires (out of 23,000) have been assembled and placed on the course. We have installed two sections of catch fence with three more areas remaining.
One area that needs to be completed is the striping/painting. That will really be the icing on the cake and help define the course. Unfortunately, with the delay in completing the curbing and grading, we could not paint the striping in August. We will complete that work later in September once the curbing has cured.
As the saying goes - Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.
We are very proud of our efforts and to officially open the course to our members over Labor Day Weekend. Here are some details.
On Friday, September 1st, we will officially open for our members. The gates will open at 7:00 AM with the course opening at 9:00 AM and will shut down at 5:00 PM with the facility staying open until 7:00 PM. The same schedule will run on Saturday and Monday with the exception being Sunday.
On Sunday, the facility will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM with the course being open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
BUT BEFORE WE START OUR ENGINES...
We need to have our members assigned to their initial run groups and this will include a check-out drive prior to participating in any lapping sessions. We will have three run groups broken down as follows:
NOVICE: This will be someone who has little to no prior experience or would prefer to start with the performance driving fundamentals.
INTERMEDIATE: This is for someone who has some prior experience, has a basic understanding of performance driving on a road course and can demonstrate that ability. This group has a bit more freedom on course in terms of passing and has been able to demonstrate their ability in a safe, respectful manner.
ADVANCED: This group is for the more seasoned, very experienced drivers. It builds upon the what was learned prior in the intermediate group and brings it to the next level. Drivers with years of experience, who are professional performance drivers, professional and/or heavy amateur drivers and instructors fall into this category.
We plan on starting the vetting process on Friday, August 25th and Saturday August 26th. We will be doing this from 9am-5pm each day with a lunch break from 12pm-1pm.
To make things easy, people without prior experience will automatically start in the Novice group. If you prefer to start in the Novice group, please let us know ahead of time. People that will be in the Novice group will not need to go through the vetting process. This will help expedite things and help everyone get on course in a more timely and safe manner.
Rather than set specific times for people to come on Friday and Saturday we will just ask people to come during 9am and 5pm. It should not take more than a few laps per person to help assign you to a specific run group. We will have people check in once they arrive and you will be given an approximate time table as to when you will be going on course.
Vehicles should be in proper condition for driving on the road course and must have passed a safety inspection this year. This is solely the responsibility of the driver to make sure that the vehicle is fit. We will have a check sheet for reference upon request. Helmets will be required for this vetting process. At a minimum, they should meet SA2010 safety requirements.
More details on the specifics for our Official Opening on Labor Day Weekend will follow this email. Of course, this is not the only chance to drive the course this summer and fall. We will be adding a calendar to our website so you can call and schedule your road course sessions.
Anyone with questions or that cannot make it these specific days for the check-out rides, please contact us to make other arrangements or we can default you to the Novice run group.