NCM Motorsports Park In Bowling Green Making Progress

By Brett Baldeck | 

The dream of the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park is becoming a reality. Track designs are final, with a groundbreaking set for June 28.

"By next year we expect to have the paddock, autocross, skidpad area finished and ready for use at our 20th anniversary event which is Labor Day 2014," says Motorsports Park Project Manager, Roc Linkov.

The 184 acre, multi-million dollar park will sit across from the museum on the other side of I-65.

On site soil and bedrock samples are currently being collected. Sound engineers are also in the area to ensure a nearby neighborhood isn't disturbed.

"What they will be providing us with is information if sound abatement is needed, how much is needed, do you need 2 feet of burm of dirt?" Do you need an 8 foot burm of dirt?," says Linkov.

Tourism is expected to climb with a finished motorsports park, bringing a new kind of boost to the local economy.

"The motorsports park is a different element of a Corvette. If you don't like the museum aspect of it or if you don't want to watch the assembly line part then you have this new more exciting, adventurous part of it and that's what people are going to be drawn to," says Telia Butler, Public Relations Coordinator for the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"We could offer visitors to the museum a chance to take 3 laps with an instructor around the track at high speed to see what's it's like," says Linkov.

Officials plan to keep the park's use for recreational purposes saying it will be open to much more than just Corvette lovers.

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