To avoid further confusing announcements about the opening of the roadcourse, the management at Rausch Creek has decided to cancel the remainder of this year's events. Originally slated to open in May this year, Rausch Creek has faced ...
To avoid further confusing announcements about the opening of the roadcourse, the management at Rausch Creek has decided to cancel the remainder of this year's events.
Originally slated to open in May this year, Rausch Creek has faced several situations resulting in the decision to delay operations until spring 2002. Although paving was due to be completed prior to winter 2000, this did not occur and the subsequent delay created a knock-on effect whereby a severe winter followed by heavy spring rains have set construction back the best part of a season. Nevertheless, the track is in an advanced state of construction at this time, with final grading near completion and road bed in preparation about to begin.
Andrew Stutzman, General Manager, had this to say, "We found ourselves pressured by the original dates we had set to open, and felt as if we may be making small compromises just to get the track open. The last thing we want to do is compromise anything, let alone the safety and longevity of Rausch Creek, so we decided to back off from such ambitious goals, and allow ourselves the time to complete the project so that it exceeds our expectations, instead of just meeting them."
Quinn Lickman, Construction Manager for Rausch Creek, added, "We are maintaining close to the same pace (construction) we have all along, only slowing down to make sure all the small details are completed We honestly just underestimated the amount of material we had to move to build the track. The actual time it will take to pave the track is relatively short compared to the time needed to complete the construction of the verges and safety zones. In addition, we must be very careful how we address the drainage issues for the track. It is important that we find the perfect balance between providing more than adequate run-off, and draining the water away from the track properly. While the racers and spectators will enjoy the elevation that Rausch Creek has to offer, it does increase construction difficulties."
The construction is still proceeding and we are looking forward to having the surface paved by late summer. This will allow us to host some practice days and official testing that are required to hold larger, future events in 2002.