DEREK DALY, RENOWNED FORMULA-1 & INDY RACING VETERAN, JOINS THE RIVERSIDE MOTORSPORTS PARK PROJECT IN MERCED COUNTY, CALIF.
ATWATER, Calif., and NOBLESVILLE, Ind., November 27, 2007 -Riverside Motorsports Park LLC (RMP) and Derek Daly Design LLC (DDD), jointly announce that the companies have reached an agreement whereby Derek Daly Design will provide road course final design and detail engineering services to the Riverside Motorsports Park project, which is in development in Merced County, Calif. The road course design by Formula-1, Indianapolis 500 and Sports Car racing veteran Derek Daly will contribute to the engineering and construction package for the RMP motorsports development project.
The Riverside Motorsports Park project, first announced in 2003, received project approvals from Merced County (Calif.) in December 2006, following the County's certification of the project's lengthy and thorough environmental impact report, completed in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Riverside Motorsports Park is a motorsports-themed, family recreation center that will be the world's largest motorsports facility, once completed. The facility will include eight racing venues, 15 race tracks, retail shopping and a 650,000 square foot commercial motorsports complex. RMP's racing venues include a 3.2-mile road course, Northern and Central California's first major oval speedway for stock car and open wheel racing, a drag strip, kart course, motocross course, dirt oval, two (2) high-banked short-track ovals and an off-road course.
Earlier this year, Derek Daly launched Derek Daly Design, a race track design company specializing in road course design and engineering, in partnership with Paxton Waters Architecture, P.C., an internationally recognized motorsports architectural, design and planning firm that has been the architect for the RMP project since 2004. Under the terms of the new agreement with RMP, Derek Daly will apply his specialized design and engineering talents to Riverside Motorsports Park's 3.2-mile road course, which is based on the layout of the historic Riverside International Raceway, which closed in Southern California in 1988.
"As I stated at the launch of my design company, I plan to reinstate 'character and personality' in road course track designs something loved by Formula-1, endurance and sports car drivers of my era, and so missed in most modern designs," said Daly. "I applaud the fact that the founder of Riverside Motorsports Park, a race car driver himself, has been to and driven many of the classic tracks, like Riverside International Raceway, and he has set his sights on replicating a classic course so well loved by racers and fans the world over. I truly look forward to working on the Riverside Motorsports Park road course. It's a project that is perfectly aligned with my personal design objectives."
Riverside Motorsports Park's founder and CEO John Condren added, "I can't tell you how pleased we are to add Derek Daly to our world-class team. This past April we welcomed NASCAR Cup Champion Rusty Wallace, who will focus on the design of our oval tracks--including the 7/8-mile speedway and 1/2-mile oval. Now, adding Derek's experience as an international road course champion and his focus on road course design, our track design and facility development is taking even greater shape as a world-class motorsports park."
Well known for fan-friendly designs and practical layouts, motorsports facilities designed and planned by Paxton Waters Architecture have included California Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Pikes Peak International Raceway, among others. As the architect for Riverside Motorsports Park, Paxton Waters commented, "Derek brings an exciting, fresh approach to track design. . .designs with the feel and challenge of internationally recognized classics, mixed with modern technology. His vast experience as a professional driver, at the highest levels, will provide Riverside Motorsports Park with a new perspective on what the RMP road course will need to become, itself, a classic."