Raceway Park In Bowling Green Becoming Reality

By: Brett Baldeck
By: Brett Baldeck

More car enthusiasts may be coming to Bowling Green. A 405 acre motorsports park located directly across from the National Corvette Museum in a lot next to I-65 is expected to break ground in April of 2013.

The park will be part of the museum and officials say they are certain plans will become a reality.

"We absolutely feel like it's a sure thing. What we don't know is how many phases we will be able to complete at one time," says Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the National Corvette Museum.

Phase one includes a paddock and road course track. While the facility will be used to test new Corvettes, it will be open to all car lovers.

"It will be available to other models for folks to use so when we're not using it for some of our events or working with Corvette Clubs we want the Porsche's and the Mustangs and others to be using it," says Strode.

While many car enthusiasts will be excited about the new race track some neighborhoods are concerned because the race track will be right in their back yard.

"It makes me a little bit concerned because of the noise and stuff because my son lives right close to Beech Bend and it's really bad there so I don't know what it's going to be like in our backyard. I'm afraid it might hurt the property value of our home," says Terrie Martin, who will live behind the new motorsports park.

Wendell Strode says noise should not be a factor since the track will host everyday automobiles.

"We are not designing this with a racing series in mind, our business plan does not call for any racing series," says Strode.

If ground is broken in April phase one of the facility should be complete by Labor Day 2014.

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