Site problems, economic uncertainty throw Red Flag on US 131 Motorsports Park oval project
MARTIN, MI (January 24, 2002) - A problem with the soil composition of the oval track portion of US 131 Motorsports Park, combined with the changing economic climate. has forced the facility to halt completion of the new oval for the time being.
"Our construction engineers found an unstable layer of earth during the excavation process that made it more costly and risky to continue with the work on the oval track," said Alan Pinsonneault, director of the project for AP Developments. "We uncovered a large layer of peat moss below the surface that was completely unacceptable to try to build on. There was no solid base to work from. We will now reassess our options to try and find a solution to the problem. Unfortunately until then, we will have to stop construction on the project, which regretfully has necessitated the cancellation of our scheduled, September ASA race."
The interruption of work on the oval track forced a hard right turn on a construction project that to date has yielded high-octane results. The reclamation of the drag strip portion of the US 131 Motorsports Park project is ongoing with a new racing surface, retaining walls, grandstands concession and rest room facilities well on their way to completion.
"The drag strip project is going very well," said Pinsonneault, who noted that portion of the facility will host an International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) event the weekend of July 26-28. "The fact things have been going so well on the construction of the drag strip makes the interruption of the work on the oval track that much more frustrating."
According to Pinsonneault, the renovated facility will feature a number of fan friendly accommodations that are designed to draw large crowds back to the track when the drag strip opens this spring.
"Our plan is to make US 131 Motorsports Park a place where fans and racers alike will be able to enjoy themselves," said Pinsonneault. "All the concession stands, rest rooms, track offices and maintenance buildings are new. The Main Grandstand at the Drag Strip has been refurbished and the Pit Road Grandstand is totally new. The drag strip, pit and paddock areas will be lighted by an all-new, state of the art General Electric lighting system. We're slowly, but surely, getting everything in place."
US 131 Motorsports Park will officially open in the spring of 2002 when weekly IHRA Sanctioned drag races will be held. The facility has also scheduled a Super Chevy weekend, and are is discussions regarding other special events.
US 131 Motorsports Park is located in Martin, MI on the West side of US 131 Highway between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, MI. For more information about the facility, please call Alan Pinsonneault at 519-945-2500 or e-mail us131motorsportspark.com.