Here’s how NASCAR is building a million-dollar disposable track in LA Coliseum


How laborious is it to construct a temporary NASCAR track in a soccer stadium? About the identical as a building a everlasting one.

New Valley Construction of Phoenix, Ariz., is in the method of paving over your entire discipline contained in the LA Memorial Coliseum for February’s NASCAR Busch Light Clash on the Coliseum season-opening exhibition race.

The quarter-mile track will likely be used for only one weekend, then torn as much as return the ability to its unique situation.

Steve Boscardin, the New Valley government in cost of the challenge, advised Fox News Autos that it’s following almost the identical process it could if it had been laying a long-term floor. The large distinction, is that it put protecting layers of plastic and plywood over the sphere earlier than laying a six-inch base of grime on prime.

It took 500 truckloads to do this, which Boscardin stated was difficult because of the slender tunnel accessible to drive by means of. Another 70 semis needed to ship 1,560 tons of a particular mix of high-performance asphalt that requires particular tools to pave.

A digital rendering of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, which will be held in Los Angeles in February.
The Busch Light Clash on the Coliseum will likely be held in Los Angeles in February.
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Boscardin stated it is going to be 4 inches thick, slightly than the 5 inches they’d use for a everlasting set up. The firm beforehand labored with NASCAR on tasks at Homestead-Miami and Phoenix Raceway.

The track will solely have two weeks to set and treatment earlier than the February 6 weekend race, which is about half the conventional time, however he doesn’t anticipate any points.

Temporary boundaries, like these used on a road circuit, will likely be put in to outline the oval, which was designed with assist from simulations carried out on the iRacing platform. A pit lane gained’t be required because the Clash will consist of several short heat races and a continuous most important.

Construction takes place in preparation for the NASCAR's Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum at Los Angeles Coliseum on December 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
The quarter-mile track will likely be used for only one weekend.
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As quickly because it’s performed, the crew will begin tearing up the floor and trucking away the asphalt and grime, which can all be reused for different tasks.

The actual worth hasn’t been revealed, NASCAR’s Vice President of Marketing Services Patrick Rogers told The Sports Business Journal it was simply over $1 million, which is roughly what it prices to pave a mile of highway.

NASCAR hasn’t but confirmed if it’ll be coming again once more in 2023, however Boscardin will likely be prepared if it does and is wanting ahead to this 12 months’s occasion.

“I think it’s going to be a blast.”

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