Learn about Central New York Raceway Park on June 18; Talk at 11 a.m.
Central New York Raceway Park, slated to be the Northeast’s newest race track, is in the spotlight for the June 18 Center Conversations talk at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Founders and developers of the state-of-the-art and multi-faceted racing facility north of Syracuse will speak at 11 a.m. at the Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. The Center staff notes that the starting time of the talk is earlier than the usual monthly time.
The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the talk, which is free and open to all.
On the panel of speakers will be Glenn Donnelly, Raceway Park president and CEO, owner and operator of DIRT Motorsports until its sale in 2004; John Lehman, Raceway Park vice president; and Peter Argetsinger, track designer, racing coach and racer.
“It is exciting to be able to hear the plans from those most intimately involved in this newest race venture in upstate New York,” Racing Research Center Executive Director Tom Weidemann said.
Joe Marotta, motorsports radio and track announcer, will be the event’s moderator.
Plans for the $50 million, year-round Central New York Raceway Park, CNYRP, are extensive. The 150-acre facility is slated to include a 5/8-mile synthetic dirt oval, a 2.2-mile road course, theater-style stadium seating for 4,980 spectators, a 50-bay NASCAR-style garage, a 350-seat, full-service restaurant, a 275-seat banquet room, VIP suites, observation deck and a full television and radio production studio.
CNYRP’s dirt track construction is scheduled for completion in mid-summer. The EDF Energy Road Course, sponsored by Houston-based EDF Energy Services, the world’s biggest electricity generator, is set for a spring 2017 opening.
Round 12 of American Motorcycle Association Pro Flat Track is confirmed for CNYRP on Aug. 20.
And, last September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that CNYRP would be the new home for Super DIRT Week, which last October ended a 44-year run at the Syracuse Mile on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. NAPA Super DIRT Week at CNYRP is scheduled for Oct. 5-9.