Photos courtesy of the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park
The National Corvette Museum has been seeking to raise a cool million bucks worth of funds for the creation of a Motorsports Park just across I-65 from the Museum proper, and we’re happy to announce that over the weekend that goal was met. Not only was it met, but the Corvette fraternity, including individual donations and those made by clubs, exceeded the goal by over $95,000.
Land clearing is already underway, and the official groundbreaking will be Friday, June 28.
With the target met, this means that the Motorsports Park will consist of a 3.15 mile road course, featuring four different configurations, with the West Track as part of the initial construction of the Park. In addition, the final phases will include an autocross/skidpad area, paddock, control tower, commercial business park, and even classrooms.
The Corvette Racing/Pratt & Miller team have come on board to help design the road course, and have included some of the features from their favorite racetracks, like the Le Mans circuit Mulsanne Straight/Turn combo and Porsche curves, and the Nürburgring’s Karussell Corner. The road course will be built to accepted professional design standards.
As the project has estimated costs of nearly $16.5 million, $3 million of which has already been spent including the acquisition of land, there’s still a ways to go in terms of sponsorship. The groundbreaking ceremonies at the Park will take place on Friday, June 28th.
You can check out the Motorsports Park Facebook page to keep abreast of all of the latest happenings. All we can say is that Corvette owners should consider themselves lucky – this place looks like a real diamond in the rough. They are already in the process of clearing the land, and Southwest Kentucky will never be the same.