Through The Esses - Lightning Strikes In New Jersey  Thunderbolt To Follow
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EMRA Racers christen Lightning Circuit
07/24/08
© Andrew S. Hartwell


We have been following the progress of the creation of the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) racing complex in this column for some time now. Located on 700 acres in Millville, New Jersey, in the southern central area of the state - about 40 miles from both Philadelphia and Atlantic City - this facility will feature two new road racing courses when all the construction activity is done. Lightning Raceway- a 1.9 mile / 10 corner race track is completed and operational. The second course, Thunderbolt Raceway, consists of 14 corners spread along a 2.25 mile length and opens August 2nd.

During the weekend of July 12th, the Lightning Circuit hosted its first ever racing action when the Eastern Motor Racing Association (EMRA) took to the brand new asphalt in pursuit of lightning' fast round-trips. And with the Thunderbolt Circuit only two weeks away from hosting the Sports Car Vintage Association (SVRA) event, it is no longer a case of wait and see what will be. It would seem the start of some brand new racing traditions are right around the corner (corners?).

We had a conversation today, with Rob Armbruster, the Chief Marketing Officer for the New Jersey Motorsports Park facility. He gave us an update on the progress of the construction efforts, and what is yet to come in phase two of this ambitious and most welcome addition to the world of sportscar racing.

We are almost completed with phase one of the project, which encompasses 500 of our 700 acres. We have focused on the creation of our two road courses - Thunderbolt and Lightning - and our karting facility - F1 New Jersey. Right now, FI New Jersey and Lightning are open and getting ready for the season ahead. Thunderbolt construction will be completed in two weeks.

Phase one also includes our event garages, clubhouse, the timing and scoring tower, driver's school building, and VIP suites. We also have a building we call the Hangar which houses a banquet hall called The Officers Club that can accommodate up to 500 people - all with a trackside view. The clubhouse is open now and the rest of the buildings will be operational within two weeks.

Besides offering a smorgasbord of racing experiences to satisfy the hunger of racing fans, NJMP will also offer a place for refueling those fans. And everyone, whether they are racing fans or not, are welcome to partake of the culinary pleasures to be offered trackside.
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