Yeah, unfortunately this is slightly different with the SoCal real estate prices being what they are. The current facility is on the northeastern limits of Los Angeles and is a massive distribution hub just a mile from the major north/south and east/west highways. By them reducing the facility down to a half mile oval, that space will become distribution warehouses, and while I'd guess they might host auto-x there, another track falls victim, similar to Carlsbad becoming an airport and apartment complexes. For some of us living to the south, it only further tests our passion, as we're adding more fuel, mileage, and PTO to our already long trips. Driving that much further means I'll exhaust my PTO even earlier, or more frequent late night trips and sleepless nights meaning even more reckless driving from yours truly. I did order a new helmet with the Black Friday deals, so I guess we'll see if the hot coffee drink tube keeps my laptimes close to the embarassing times that they previously were.Close down? Reconfigure, yes.
NASCAR plans to completely reconfigure the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in California into a short track for the 2022 season.us.motorsport.com
The two mile configuration is going away. Loosing a track all together is not happening.
Strangely enough the growing popularity of our sport, specifically road racing has contributed to the decision to reconfigure. It is more entertaining to watch a short track or road race and the fans are demanding just that.
A 400 mile race on a large oval has been and is Boring to watch from the stands. It’s not much better at home in front of the TV. If the experience had not been “Supplemented” with radio and video I could rent while watching a 400 miler live. I would have likely had to supplement the experience with Tequila Slushies at Chicagoland to kill the boredom of mile 75 through 300. The odds are that if the track in California was not reconfigured, it would simply have closed all together.
Chicagoland closed because of the effects of covid and the refusal to reconfigure. They had no pressured to sellout to housing development. If you want to build in Joliet, there is land available right next to the track. No one wants to invest in the area or state. Cali and Fontana are getting a lifeline. I hope it works for them.
NASA heads there in June, and while most HPDE groups don't book that far out, I'm sure it won't be much longer until we see them getting bookings there as well. Should be fun.Thankfully the new buttonwillow track will come online just about when ACS goes away. I think we race there in May.