Washington, D.C. -- The Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. opened its newly paved track surface to the media today on the grounds of RFK Stadium. The 1.7-mile, seven-turn road racing circuit was officially opened when race co-founder Chris Lencheski, DC Sports & Entertainment Commission president Bobby Goldwater, Cadillac's marketing manager Steve Rosenblum and Cadillac driver Wayne Taylor took an inaugural first lap around the track.
After the ceremonial lap, special guests and members of the media were driven around the newly completed polymer blend track surface. Guests also had a chance to test their racing skills on a 16' x 23' replica slot car track, which was set up adjacent to the real track.
"Race day is just around the corner and we're very excited to give the media and race fans an advance look at this state-of-the-art track," said Chris Lencheski, co-founder and chairman of the board, National Grand Prix Holdings. "We have been working side-by-side with the city to put on a premiere sporting event and the completion of this first phase of laying in the track is just one of many steps involved in this process."
The 1.7-mile circuit, which was designed by well-known track designer Lance Schafer, was paved with a specially designed polymer mix asphalt weighing more than 17,500 tons. The track will eventually be surrounded by concrete