Altamont Motorsports Park expands, upgrades

ALTAMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK EXPANDS AND UPGRADES TRACY FACILITY ATWATER, Calif., February 21, 2006 Altamont Motorsports Park, a subsidiary of Riverside Motorsports Park LLC, is fast-tracking construction efforts so that the historic, short-track...

ALTAMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK EXPANDS AND UPGRADES TRACY FACILITY

ATWATER, Calif., February 21, 2006 Altamont Motorsports Park, a subsidiary of Riverside Motorsports Park LLC, is fast-tracking construction efforts so that the historic, short-track oval raceway located between Tracy and Livermore, Calif., will launch the 2006 season as a new multi-track, updated motorsports park. The overall plan is that by opening day in April, the historic 1/4- and 1/2-mile paved oval facility will feature more action on the track from the addition of 12 feet of racing surface on the 1/2-mile oval, and boast a complement of six tracks, with 18 possible configurations, and another track in planning. New tracks will include a road course, a figure-8 track, kart course and drifting course. A 1/8-mile drag strip is planned as a subsequent addition. Added to that will be safety and guest amenity improvements, including stadium lighting, safety walls, new pit area paving, technical facilities, new audio system, new restrooms, updated concession stands, and landscaping.

"Too many short-track facilities in California are succumbing to housing and attractive high land values," commented Altamont Motorsports Park Chief Executive Officer John Condren, who also is the founder and chief executive of parent company Riverside Motorsports Park. "At the same time, these are the tracks that develop the local champions, launch race driver careers and, most importantly, provide local fan entertainment."

"Our vision for Altamont Motorsports Park is the creation of an attractive place to race and an accessible location for the community to enjoy a broad range of motorsports events," added Kenny Shepherd, President and General Manager. "Driving 30 to 45 minutes, or even less, fans from San Jose, Oakland, Livermore, Tracy, Stockton, Modesto and Merced can enjoy great racing."

The events that Altamont fans will enjoy at the Altamont Motorsports Park will include oval track stock car and sprint car racing as well as road racing, karting, drifting and figure-8 racing. The unique 1.1-mile road course will integrate with the existing 1/4- and 1/2-mile paved ovals, and provide for clockwise or counter-clockwise driving. The road course design should allow race drivers to manipulate their cars through some turns at speeds near 100 mph, and then challenge them at 40 mph in tighter corners. In drifting events, drivers compete for fast times and creative driving style, with the winning cars often appearing to border on being out of control. Karting, which has grown in recognition in recent years as drivers have advanced to Formula 1 and Champ Car/Indy Car driving, is no longer associated with home-built go-karts. Karting is technology driven, with shifter karts (with multiple transmission gears) able to reach speeds in the range of 140 mph. Figure-8 racing is a crowd-pleasing event in which stock cars or import sedans compete to avoid collisions in the center of the "8."

Altamont Motorsports Park's fan-friendly improvements will continue beyond opening day. Plans include the addition of windblocks, a covered seating pavilion, a jumbotron-type video system and RV parking.

The racing season at Altamont Motorsports Park is set to begin in April. The schedule, which is subject to change, is posted at the company's Web site at www.AltamontRacing.com .

ABOUT ALTAMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK

Altamont Motorsports Park (www.AltamontRacing.com) is a NASCAR sanctioned, multi-venue motorsports facility in Tracy, Calif., featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series. Altamont Motorsports Park is a wholly owned subsidiary of Riverside Motorsports Park, LLC (www.RMPracing.com) of Atwater, Calif. Dedicated to the advancement of quality motorsports in California, Riverside Motorsports Park has proposed the development of a 1,200 acre, eight-venue, professional and club racing, motorsports-based and themed family entertainment park in California's Merced County.

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Drivers Kenny Shepherd , John Condren