Gresham Motorsports Park Speeds Past Renovation Process Slow Down
JEFFERSON, GA (June 9, 2009) -- There's a saying in auto racing that states sometimes you have to slow down to go fast. For Dan Elliott and the rest of the Gresham Motorsports Park (GMP) renovation team, the hope is that the saying rings true.
"Things are going to slow down now because we're into the details of the project," Elliott (right) stated, the General Manager of the all new Jefferson, GA motorsports and community activity center. "We've done quite a bit, but the changes we've done so far have shown us that a little work looks like a lot. We've moved a lot of dirt which basically makes it look like we've done a lot. Now we're getting into the hard part -- getting our data sources, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, buildings. We're working hard on getting all the details in place. It's kind of like building a house. You get the roof on and it seems like you've accomplished quite a lot. In reality, we're not even half-way done. If we're going to be finished on time, we have to keep rolling even though the details are going to slow things down a bit."
Since the renovation of the old Peach State Speedway started in March, the famed race track has had a total overhaul. When completed, GMP will be a fresh facility featuring a new racing surface, fencing, lighting and retaining walls for the half-mile oval. Additional scheduled improvements will also include a new aluminum grandstand -- now to be located on what used to be the back straight of the Peach State track - and a lowered infield pit area for better sight lines and fan viewing. Other improvements scheduled are a quarter-mile Legends track on infield of the half-mile oval, new restrooms and concession areas and trackside parking.
Many of the projects, like the track and infield excavations along with the main grandstand construction, are well underway. Meanwhile, the plumbing and electrical services have been roughed into the Infield Command Center area.
"We've had a lot of changes," said Elliott. "The lighting looks great. "Unfortunately, there's nothing to flip on yet because we haven't connected the dots. The grandstand is impressive, but we have to finish it and get the control tower constructed. It's like everything else. We have a lot going on but nothing is completed yet. The finish work on all the buildings is what is going to slow us down That's the process we're in now -- getting all the details done on the inside. That is going to take time."
Assuming all stays on point, Gresham Motorsports Park will be completed in time for testing in the fall in anticipation of the track's first racing event -- the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 November 13-15.
About Gresham Motorsports Park
Opened as Jefco Speedway with a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman (now Nationwide) race in 1967, Gresham Motorsports Park has served the auto racing community for more than 40 years. The half-mile asphalt oval, located just outside Jefferson, GA, is currently under a total facility renovation and is expected to reopen with the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 November 13-15, 2009. The multi-purpose facility is currently formulating plans to host a wide range of events in 2010 including multiple divisions of auto racing, local and regional Craft Shows, Farmer's and Flea Markets, Car Shows, Concerts and other community events.