Horsepower Roars at Kentucky Speedway™
Kentucky Speedway™, America's only super speedway, opening in 2000, is progressing right on time for its June 16th & 17th inaugural weekend.
Located 35 miles south of Cincinnati, OH, the track has already started testing. NASCAR® All Pro® and ARCA® teams were on the 1.5-mile tri-oval last week. Frank Kimmell, the 1998 ARCA® Champion from Jeffersonville, Indiana, was part of the Hoosier Tire Test. "It's just great to have this kind of first class facility so close to home. I think it's going to be a great show. We are going to be able to do a lot of racing out there."
This week, the schedule heats up with Penske Racing's Winston Cup team and a Goodyear Tire Test next week.
"We are very proud of our venue," said Jerry Carroll, track developer and co-chairman. "And it's located in a great market that truly appreciates competitive racing."
NASCAR® Craftsman® Truck Series™ point's leader Mike Wallace is excited about coming to the new complex. "We are looking forward to testing at the Kentucky Speedway™ for Goodyear on May the 15th, before the upcoming race in June. The new, 1.5-mile, tri-oval will prove to be an exciting night race for NASCAR® Craftsman® Truck Series™ fans."
The track itself is a gem. A 1.5 mile, tri-oval in the mold of Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the higher degree of banking in the turns and a wider, longer backstretch. The racetrack is the design of famed, track developer Bill Moss. "The track will have the finest racing surface in the country," says Carroll. "Bill has taken the best of all the tracks he's worked with and brought them here to our venue."
The track also has a one-of-a-kind garage area with 104 double doored, private garages. All of the garages are angled towards the grandstands, which allow the fans to watch the race teams prepare for the race.
"The track is designed to bring the motor racing fans closer to the action," said Mark F. Cassis, Executive V.P./General Manager. "This is going to be an exciting place to watch a race. The fan and the corporate support has been unbelievable as all 50 suites are sold for the next 3 years, over 13,000 season tickets, and we are closing in on 40,000 tickets sold for the truck race June 17th."
The $152 million dollar Kentucky Speedway™, under development and co-owned by Jerry Carroll, remains on schedule for a June 16 & 17, 2000 grand opening featuring NASCAR® All-Pro™ and NASCAR® Craftsman® Truck Series™ events. The new facility will have a paved, 1.5-mile, tri-oval track with 14º banking in the turns and lighting for nighttime events. Phase I will have 65,989 grandstand seats, 50 luxury suites, and a 210 seat private, glass-enclosed Kentucky Club®. Phase II, which will include a dirt track and drag-strip racing facilities, can expand the 1.5 mile venue to 120,000 seats with 120 luxury suites on the 1,000 acre complex located 35 miles south of Cincinnati, OH in Northern Kentucky.