Located around seven miles west of Willows in California, Thunderhill Raceway Park is a popular racing venue for both cars and motorcycles and is used by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) for its events. The three mile track has a total of fifteen turns, but is designed to allow event organizers to reconfigure the course to suit their needs. Thunderhill hosts the longest race in the United States – the annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill – a National Auto Sport Association event supported by the US Air Force.
Fans play an important role in the sport of auto racing. Not only do they bump up the excitement level with their enthusiasm, entrance fees help towards the many expenses incurred in keeping a racing track in peak condition. Following a three week break from racing action, Thunderhill Raceway Park reopened on 23 April, and racing fans no doubt noticed the changes that have been introduced, specifically with them in mind. Improvements made to the facilities at Thunderhill include the expansion of the Midway area under the grandstands, with more kiosk options including a souvenir shop. Families will no doubt appreciate the new play area, complete with inflatable bouncers to keep the children occupied. “Meet the Drivers” sessions will become a regular feature of racing at Thunderhill, where fans will have the opportunity to chat with the drivers and obtain autographs, as well as to find out more about their favorite drivers through live interviews by the announcing team.
Thunderhill owner, Mary Ann Naumann, noted that keeping the fans entertained was a priority, and she wanted people to have a good time from the moment they arrived until it was time to leave. To this end Naumann has appointed Ryan Conine as the track’s production director. With years of experience in the entertainment business, including working on The Longhorn Sports Network; Texas Music Series (KVET 98.1 FM); and Texas Radio 2.0 (live365.com), Conine knows what it takes to keep a crowd happy, and visitors to Thunderhill can look forward to a memorable occasion at every racing event. Thunderhill Raceway Park is gearing up for months of summer entertainment and action, so be sure to keep an eye on their events calendar and enjoy the vibe at the track where fans rule.
The O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis has got fans excited after releasing the details of the 2009 racing schedule earlier this week. The park will see favorites such as NHRA, NASCAR and Super Chevy returning to the track. It will also see a few new events such as the Pinks All Out.
Speaking about the new Pinks All Out race, Ron Anderson, O’Reilly Raceway Park’s general manager, said that they were excited to welcome the crew as “they bring an exciting and energetic event to our world famous drag strip.” He added: “The entire staff also looks forward to all of our weekly programs, premier events such as Kroger SpeedFest, Mac Tools US Nationals and all the events that have made O’Reilly Raceway Park one of the busiest racing venues in the nation.”
So exactly what are some of the great events you can expect to enjoy at this brilliant location during the course of the next racing season? The NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional race will be taking place in April, while the 55th installment of the annual Mac Tools US Nationals will be returning to the track on Labor Day weekend. The Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals, the Indy Import Truck Bash, the Diesel Hot Rod Nationals and the Super Chevy Show will also be making their way to the O’Reilly Raceway Park later this year.
Of course the year wouldn’t be quite the same without the weekly drag races that take place at the O’Reilly Raceway and so the O’Reilly Tuesday Night Street Legal Series will be returning to the track for the duration of 2009. Both racers and spectators can expect to enjoy some great discounts if they are regulars at this event. The VP Fuels E.T. Bracket Racing Series will be hitting the track in summer, along with the test and tunes that go with it.
NASCAR will be featured on the track for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. They will be in good company with the USAC series and the Advance Racing Association and the Advance Racing Association Late models which will both be returning to the track during the course of the year. Clearly 2009 will feature plenty of top-notch racing at the O’Reilly Raceway Park. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action!