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New 2.5-mile road course track gears up for spring opening
The developers of a new motorsports facility for sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts have given it a new name as the project continues toward a "soft opening" in the spring.

Behind the change to Bluegrass Motorsports Park, which broke ground this year as Bluegrass Motorsports Club and Road Course, was a revision in the business model.

"We see just being able to do better things under that umbrella," said Brad Poppell, president of Bluegrass Motorsports Park. "I don't want people getting the impression it's just a private club for members only and they're not allowed to visit the track."

Bluegrass Motorsports Park is being developed with private money on 515 acres just north of the Interstate 71/U.S. 127 interchange. The site is about nine miles from Belterra Casino Resort and Spa and four miles from Kentucky Speedway.

The paving of what initially will be a 2.5-mile road course, designed by retired Formula One and IndyCar driver Derek Daly, is scheduled to begin in days, and the event schedule for the inaugural year of operation is filling out.

"I think for the first year we're off to a good start," he said. "Getting this done in this economy, I'm proud of that right there. There is still a lot of interest."

The soft opening for members will be held in March or April, Poppell said. Kentucky Enquirer



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