Development of the 170 acre site began in earnest in 2009. Asphalt for the road course was laid in November 2011. 2012 was the first full season of operations, with a fully booked calendar of events including car club lapping days, driver training schools and sanctioned auto and motorcycle races along with other bookings.
The road circuit was penned by Steve Crawford, designer of Thunderhill Raceway Park and is 40 feet wide, 2.47 miles in length, with 16 turns, and has over 300 feet of elevation gain and loss per lap, including the 50 foot plunge down the Ridge Complex.
Each lap of The Ridge Motorsports Park road circuit thrills with high speed straights and sweeper turns, huge compression’s and blind weightless crests, challenging esses, a long carousel turn where you walk the tightrope between speed and grip, a double apex turn leading to another valley and cresting turn leading into a heavy braking zone, a short sprint between tight turns and finally a breathtaking plunge down the ridge into a technically difficult sequence of turns, before going hammer down on the front straight again! All of this in a park-like forest setting, with stunning territorial and mountain views.
Great care was taken during planning and development of the facility to maximize the natural attributes of the site’s geography and topography in a way that promotes a safe experience for all users. The circuit is 40 feet wide, providing ample room for users to enjoy the track safely, with excellent sight lines for users and corner stations alike. Runoff areas are wide and flat. Barriers and tire bundles are situated at a distance from the surface in such a way as to protect users when necessary. A dedicated and experienced turn worker staff is available to complete the package.
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The Area 27 Circuit has the unique distinction of being envisioned, designed, engineered, and constructed by professional racecar drivers. Designed to take advantage of the natural terrain, Area 27’s sixteen turns flow through elevation changes like a favorite country road.
Straightaways are long enough to generate speed and to allow the driver time to assimilate the previous corner’s challenge. Great corners are defined by what comes before and what happens after them – Area 27 was built with this in mind.
Construction began on February 2nd, 2016 for a seven-month build schedule that would culminate with the first laps taking place on August 30th, 2016.
“My passion for racing started when I was 5. The only thing I wanted to do everyday, as a little boy, was to play with little cars around the tracks I had designed on the carpets or with books. It later evolved into slot-car racing where the fun and passion of designing tracks was as strong as playing with the cars themselves.
I have been lucky to race all over the globe on a diversity of tracks over the years. Some tracks were amazing for that single qually lap excitement of driving on the edge and pushing the limit. Other tracks provided for great races with incredible overtaking opportunities. With all these options for rushes of adrenalin, there were also the tracks that seemed to lack soul or excitement.
I have always relished the challenge of designing an exciting track, taking into account the single lap excitement, combined with wheel-to-wheel racing opportunities, all while avoiding the pitfalls of the uninteresting tracks. The goal is to design a track I would be proud of getting pole position on, where the fans would also enjoy watching an exciting race.”
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