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NCM Motorsports Park

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  • 2014 to date

2014 to date

  • Grand Full Course

    3.15 miles / 5.07 km

  • Grand Full Course with Mulsanne Chicane

    3.15 miles / 5.07 km

  • Grand Max Straight Course

    2.87 miles / 4.62 km

  • Grand Max Straight Course with Mulsanne Chicane

    2.87 miles / 4.62 km

  • Corvette Race Loop Course

    1.97 miles / 3.17 km

  • Corvette Race Loop Course with Mulsanne Chicane

    1.97 miles / 3.17 km

  • East Circuit Course

    1.10 miles / 1.77 km

  • West Circuit Course

    2.00 miles / 3.22 km

Circuit Info

Address: NCM Motorsports Park, 505 Grimes Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42103, United States

PH: +1 800-538-3883

Circuit type: Permanent road course

Website: http://www.motorsportspark.org

Circuit History

Few motoring brands have as enthusiastic and enduring a following as the Chevrolet Corvette, so it should come as no surprise that it should inspire the creation of a racing circuit, in Bowling Green, Kentucky – right across the freeway from the factory that builds the iconic sports cars and the museum dedicated to showcasing the 'best in breed'.

NCM Motorsports Park (the 'NCM' stands for National Corvette Museum) was first proposed back in 2010 and the goal was to design a facility that could cater to a wide variety of racing types. A pair of road courses, a high speed karting track, a huge autocross area and a quarter mile drag strip were all part of the original plans for the 184-acre site, however the final scheme saw the kart track and drag strip had fallen by the wayside.

Ground breaking on the $20 million facility began on June 28, 2013 and the finished facility was ready for use in just over 12 months, in time to celebrate the Corvette Museum's 20th anniversary in August 2014. Centrepiece of complex is the large road course, which can be split into two separate halves or run in one of five different configurations – with an alternative Le Mans-inspired chicane thrown in as a further option. The longest version is the Grand Full Course which measures 3.15 miles but there is also the Grand Max Straight Course (2.87 miles), the Corvette Race Loop Course (1.97 miles), the West Circuit Course (2 miles) and the East Circuit Course (1.1 miles).

Aside from the road course, the complex also includes an autocross/skid pad are that itself covers 21 acres, a huge paddock area, high-tech control tower, classrooms for racing instruction, a pavilion area, concession stands and a fuelling station.

While naturally many of the events are Corvette-related, the track's management is keen to stress that the facility is open to all makes and models of vehicles, including motorcycles. Nevertheless, it will form the official testing facility for the production Corvette program (in addition to GM's Milford Proving Grounds) and the Pratt & Miller C7R racing programme and will naturally form a Mecca for Corvette enthusiasts.

The variety of possible layouts helps ensure the circuit's usefulness as a test track; Pratt and Miller should be able simulate just about any style of circuit it wants, from Le Mans to Lime Rock. Equally, for local club racing it should add plenty of spice, with events able to use a number of different courses during the year.

Already the circuit has proved a hit, with a huge range of booking ensuring activity takes place on most days, from manufacturer days and other corporate events to track days, driver education and race schools.

Getting There

NCM Motorsports Park is located at Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The nearest international airport is at Nashville, over the state border in Tennessee and around a 70 minute drive south along I-65.

The circuit itself is located on the opposite side of I-65 to the National Corvette Museum and the GM Corvette assembly plant. Take exit 28 from I-65 and then turn left at first stoplight onto Corvette Drive. Continue past the Corvette Museum until the road intersects with Porter Pike. Turn left onto Porter Pike, passing under the freeway, then turning left onto Grimes Road, where you will find the circuit entrance.

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