Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015 - (Page 18)

Winning the Race TRack Successful collaboration delivers high-performance pavement for Corvette Museum Race Track by Tom Kuennen hen it comes to ensuring high performance, sometimes you need more than one expert. At the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, when the first cars took to the track last year, the drivers enjoyed the highquality results made possible by the collaborative effort between a contractor, a design firm, an engineering firm, a mix consultant, Challenge two asphalt-modifier companies, and Corvette Racing. High-performance tracks attract users, whether they are weekend warriors pushing their limits or professional racing teams fine-tuning their machines. "It really doesn't make a difference whether we are talking about amateur motorsports enthusiasts or professionals," said Mitch Wright, General Manager of the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling The NCM Motorsports facility at Bowling Green, Ky. The autocross pad is located in the upper left of the photo, the National Corvette Museum at the upper right. Photo credit: Ncm motorsports Park 18 * View past issues online at Green, Ky. "If a team comes here to test equipment, and they know they can get valid, consistent data without having their tires chewed up, we know we will have a winning facility that will appeal to drivers. Word gets around: We have a surface here that's really, really good on tires, and has good wetweather grip." The track was designed by Crawford and Associates with input from Corvette Racing and Pratt & Miller Engineering, and includes features reminiscent of the worldfamous Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Scotty's Contracting & Stone LLC of Bowling Green was the general contractor and won a NAPA Quality in Construction Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association for the quality work performed. The $18.5 million, 189-acre facility consists of twin circuits, a 2-mile, 13-turn, high-speed west course, and a 1-mile, 10-turn east course. Both circuits feature technical turns with straightaways and elevation changes, and the tracks can be combined to create multiple configurations. An adjacent 22-acre paddock and autocross/skid pad area is available for autocrosses - timed competitions in which drivers thread their way one at a time through a course defined by pylons or traffic cones - as well

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Winning the Race Track Challenge
Investigating the Keys to Japanese RAP Success
A Fresh Perspective on Safety
Traffic Management and the Work Zone
2016 Annual Meeting Preview
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015