NASCAR showcases its Research and Development Center.
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2003) -- Focusing primarily on the areas of safety, competition and cost containment, NASCAR unveiled its state-of-the-art Research and Development Center today to members of the motorsports media as part of the annual Lowe's Motor Speedway media tour.
With a multi-million dollar long-term investment, this massive facility -- 61,000 square feet -- is the first of its kind to be operated by a motorsports sanctioning body.
"Everyone at NASCAR is extremely proud of this research and development facility," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "We are committed to new safety initiatives, close competition and working with our teams to insure we move forward in a cost-efficient manner.
"We realized in order to accomplish all of our goals, we needed more space. The building we had in Conover, N.C. was too small (20,000 square feet) for everything we wanted to do. However, we were able to accomplish several things in Conover such as instituting the incident data-recorder program and completing a composite seat study that led to new seat guidelines.
"Our new center allows us an endless amount of opportunities to make NASCAR even better for many years to come."
Purchased in February 2002, groundbreaking for the building began in April of the same year. NASCAR personnel moved from the temporary R&D center in Conover into this new location in the middle of December.
NASCAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER FACTS
Director of Facility: Gary Nelson, NASCAR Managing Director of Competition Director of R&D: Joe Garone Facility Size: 61,000 square feet Acres: 16 Personnel: 30 Purchased: February 2002 Groundbreaking: April 2002 Opened: December 2002 Primary Focus: Safety, Competition and Cost Containment Functional Areas: Engineering, Fabrication and Prototype Shop, Impound Room, CNC Room/Machine Shop, Powertrain Lab/Engine Room, Fluid Dynamics Lab/Restrictor Plate Room