Indiana partnership to design new road course complex in Brazil

The Indiana partnership of Derek Daly Design and Paxton Waters Architecture has announced that it has been commissioned to design and build a new road course race track in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The complex, known as Velopark, will encompass a drag strip and an FIA category 2 road course.

“We want to build the finest race facility in Brazil," said Sergio Lima, Vice President of Velopark, and have selected Derek Daly Design and Paxton Waters Architecture based on their unique perspective of road course design."

“Paxton brings a wealth of ability designing complete facilities from traffic patterns to the people friendly ergonomics required in modern facilities, and Derek’s experience racing in Formula One and Indy cars allows him to bring an exciting new philosophy to the design of modern road courses," said Klaus Gerdau Johannpeter, owner of Velopark.

The initial design phase will take up to three months with road course construction expected to start in August. Plans are for the first race event to take place in October 2009. “Porto Alegre is certainly a beautiful part of Brazil to work in, but the exciting element of this project is the freedom we have been given to produce something special, and to make it the finest facility in Brazil," stated Derek Daly.

Derek Daly Design and Paxton Waters Architecture is an Indiana partnership created to bring a new philosophy to road course designs around the world. No other design company combines the real world experience of competing at the world’s top motorsports levels with the architectural experience of designing and building some of the finest motorsports facilities in the world. Projects currently under design are Bluegrass Motorsports Park in Kentucky, Prairie Hills Motor Club in Indiana, and Riverside Motorsports Park in Southern California.

For more information contact: Derek Daly Design 317.774.9102, or visit

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