By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Richmond International Raceway is now Richmond Raceway and is due for $30 million in redevelopment over a subsequent 15 months.
Track President Dennis Bickmeier and International Speedway Corp. CEO Lesa France Kennedy done a announcements Tuesday.
ISC has already done vital changes during a flagship, Daytona International Speedway, and has a plan during Phoenix International Raceway that should be finished by 2018, Kennedy said. She pronounced ISC motionless to make improvements during Richmond since it “has a unequivocally special personality, and it needs to continue. we consider it’s unequivocally critical that we continue to ascent all of a facilities.”
The redeveloped infield will embody a lonesome garage for teams to work on their cars while fans can watch from a circuitously fenced-off walkway. There are also dual suites and several lonesome areas for fans to consort before a race, watch inspections adult tighten and afterwards a race. There will be an 80-person bar with rooftop entrance nearby a new feat lane. Drivers will need to pass by fan areas to get to prerace ceremonies.
The plan will give about 8,000-10,000 fans infield entrance during a cost allied to a $50 array pass, a lane said.
NASCAR has seen a dump in assemblage many everywhere, and a changes are “an event to put people during a belligerent turn of a sport,” Bickmeier said. “We’re going to be means to douse people in a competition in a approach that’s not happened here before.”
It won’t utterly be Richard Petty on a bulldozer ripping adult a lane for a redesign, as he did in 1988, though a plan will start after a Sep race, Bickmeier said. Next spring’s competition will be run “in a small bit of a construction zone,” Bickmeier said, and a badge will be cut on a finished plan before Richmond moves from a final competition to make a 10-race playoffs into a playoffs in a tumble of 2018.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe attended a proclamation and pronounced a state, on interest of Virginia Tourism, would supplement another $150,000 to a project. The lane in Henrico County has a $497 million mercantile impact and brings in about $87 million in state and internal taxation revenue.
“I don’t consider people comprehend what kind of an item this is for a state of Virginia,” McAuliffe said.
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