Weather Delays Opening of Shangri-La II For the Season
Poor Spring Weather Slows Track Improvements
Weather has forced ASA Sanctioned Shangri-La II Motor Speedway to move its Season Opening Event from Sunday, May 24, 2009 to mid or late June depending on weather over the next few weeks.
When the weather has cooperated, construction workers have been working 14 hour days trying to get everything completed since the winter frost has lifted. The main issue on Rumble Ridge and construction of the facility is that one day of rain costs them three or four days of work.
Among the major projects completed include drainage systems which have been placed all the way around the inside hub and infield of the 1/2 mile oval; the wall in turns three and four; and over one hundred loads of dirt have been brought in from another area of the property to bring the corners level with the turn one and two corners. The catch fence is still on the agenda to be installed and the grandstands are still in the process of being built.
Custom track entry gates are being built now as there will be two areas, one on the backstraight and one on the frontstraight where haulers will be able to access the pit area located inside the speedway. Infield buildings such as the five bay tech inspection garage, concession stands, bathrooms, changing areas, tire/fuel buildings are being constructed now as well.
The laying of the concrete surface is expected to be a ten day job and start sometime this week which will need up to five days to cure. The scoreboard that will be placed off of turn two is due to be shipped on Friday, May 22nd and time is needed to get it up and running with the AMB Timing and Scoring system.
"We are disappointed we have to move the opening date to June." said race director, Amy Stilson. "We are building a state-of-the-art facility and it is imperative the track to be in the best and safest condition for our drivers and fans."
Hoosier Tire Testing will be scheduled as soon as possible.
We at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway want to thank all the drivers, teams and fans that have encouraged us and the many folks that have showed up and volunteered their time and services. We hope to have a successful race season still to come.
For more information log on to the track website: www.shangrila-2.com. Shangri-La II Motor Speedway and the American Speed Association (ASA).