National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park aims to amp up racetrack

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park is aiming to brighten the racetrack by next Christmas.

"The past couple of years we've looked into putting Christmas and holiday lights on the west track of NCM Motorsports Park so we'd have drive-thru lights for people to enjoy," said Katie Ellison, Manager of Marketing and Communications at the National Corvette Museum.

Funding for the project will be provided in part by the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"The funding for this electrical wiring comes from the Special Tourism Projects fund, which is through the CVB. It's a hotel room tax money that's set aside specifically for nonprofit tourist attraction enhancements that'll bring more visitors to Bowling Green," said Ellison.

Beth Noffsinger of the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau said that the funding can "help get some money for really the seed work of different projects that they want to do. Usually (CVB) help with the behind the scenes things, like in this case, it would be conduits to help with electricity out at the motorsports park."

Ellison explained the benefits of the plan moving forward.

"Having these outlets will also allow us to do evening events like 5K's, bicycle events... not motorized racing types of events but more of your recreational type of sports."

She continued.

"We're not looking to put permanent lights but we do like to have electricity out there to make it a lot easier for people that are wanting to do that kind of activity."

The project is estimated to cost up to $152,000 in reimbursement for the electrical wiring. Ellison says The Corvette Museum will be paying $140,000 yearly in the light rental, plus staffing, marketing, and other associated costs.

"It's a formality for Fiscal Court and City Commission to approve the funding, we've already met with the CVB and gotten approval from their board and we're looking forward to moving forward with this project," said Ellison.

The lights at the racetrack will be called "Twinkle at the Track."

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