NJMP Thunderbolt Repave Begins – Phase 1

Excavation for the NJMP Thunderbolt repave has started just outside of Millville at New Jersey Motorsports Park, signaling the beginning of a significant upgrade initiative. 

Image credit: New Jersey Motorsports Park

Since its inauguration in August 2008 with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Supercar Life 250 event, the Thunderbolt Circuit has hosted 16 seasons of diverse motorsport events. The circuit has become a favored venue among professional car and motorcycle racers, amateur motorsport clubs at national and regional levels, NJMP Drivers and Riders Club members, and it has been instrumental in various educational programs for drivers and riders.

Brad Scott, President and COO of New Jersey Motorsports Park, said, “Over a year of planning has gone into this project. To reach this milestone with ground-breaking and the physical work underway is exciting for us and the motorsports community, and the culmination of a lot of planning and effort by many people.”

The first phase of the ambitious two-part endeavor is set to launch on October 10th, 2023. The project will commence with the dismantling and removal of the current track surface, transitioning to foundational paving, and culminating with the finishing surface of the original circuit, including the pit lane and chicanes. Additionally, selective curbing areas will be dismantled for upgrades, with Turn 1’s geometry slightly modified by moving the apex curbing inward to better utilize the adjacent area.

NJMP Thunderbolt Repave Drone Flight

The construction involving asphalt and concrete is scheduled for completion by the Thanksgiving deadline. The newly installed surfaces are then slated for a curing period spanning December to February.

Concluding tasks, such as painting track lines, are anticipated for completion in late February, with a plan to re-launch Thunderbolt’s operations in early March 2024.

The second phase, which promises to introduce two novel course layouts within the esteemed Thunderbolt Circuit, has been deferred to post the 2024 season.

“Our track designers and engineers continue to work with state officials and the DEP to accommodate their requirements for modifications to off-track areas such as basins and run-off in the areas of the proposed new layouts, but doing so in a way appropriate for a racetrack project,” Scott explained, “It was important that we be able to move forward with the renovation and repaving of the core facility beginning October 2023, so we’re now approaching the project in two phases to accommodate the time it will take for the DEP processes relating to the new configurations.”

Own a little NJMP Thunderbolt Repave history

Njmp millings
Image credit: New Jersey Motorsports Park. Millings from the NJMP Thunderbolt repave

For enthusiasts wishing to own a part of the track’s legacy, commemorative souvenirs featuring fragments of the original track surface will be up for grabs. It will set you back $120 – If that appeals to you, you can purchase a little bit of Thunderbolt’s history here.

This intricate project involves contributions from industry specialists such as Brian Prowell of Advanced Materials Services, Bryce Engelhart of Technical Track Design, prominent local contractors like South State and Shaw Masonry, the financial backing from TD Bank, and insights from professional drivers, club members, and track partners associated with NJMP.

This article was created using the original press release issued by New Jersey Motorsports Park.

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