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Old 01-13-2010, 02:56 PM   #1
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This has been thrown around quite a bit for the last 6-8 years here in East Tennessee. I managed to talk with a raceshop owner that runs GT3 that has been trying to get the motion going for this track. I believe politics has held it back for the most part.

The house owners that decided to build/buy houses near a nuclear facility are complaining that'll polute the area............. K-25 as some of you may know was a big factor in the Manhattan project.

The location makes sense. It's had traffic coming in and out of it for a LONG time. Its basically desolate nowadays. A big industrial area is begging for a motorsports theme, lol. Lots of traffic comes thru Knoxville and is sort of centrally located for the south east.

The track looks stupid fast, a 4000+ft back straight. Your run-off space is the creek! It'd still be fun, different variations of the course will sure to be put into to place, but this is just a "it may look like this" type of deal.

Talk of Road Atlanta not doing so well in the past has lead to making this a Petit Le Mans track.

The current word is that K-25 will either be made into this motorsports park or a historical park. I hope that the track will happen, we need more tracks on the east coast!
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The lease for the land has already been signed by the track organziers and cleanup of the old K25 site has already begun by the US Govt.

What does that mean? Absolutely squat other than eventually, the land might be cleared off.
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Oh and here's the website for the facility....

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And here's what the site looks like now...

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=f...,0.038581&z=15
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Anyone else see a deer?

The chicanes on the "legs" look a little weak, like you could almost straight line them.
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Definately looks like an animal to me lol
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That looks like quite an undertaking as far as property reclimation and plow under and redo. Now with the governments hands in the propety owning, and whoknows what regs they would hold might be many hoops to jump to get there too.

I miss track ideas like classic Summit Point WV. Or old time Road Atlanta , or even old time Mid Ohio. Asphault, runoff, and a gravel lot for parking. Any way to keep new racers out of the field is by making the track too fancy, too ritzy and damn too expensive to go there.

We need a land owner to scrape clean, put down asphault and let the normal boys come.
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Anyone else see a deer?

The chicanes on the "legs" look a little weak, like you could almost straight line them.
Looks like a howling coyote with human feet.
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That looks like quite an undertaking as far as property reclimation and plow under and redo. Now with the governments hands in the propety owning, and whoknows what regs they would hold might be many hoops to jump to get there too.

I miss track ideas like classic Summit Point WV. Or old time Road Atlanta , or even old time Mid Ohio. Asphault, runoff, and a gravel lot for parking. Any way to keep new racers out of the field is by making the track too fancy, too ritzy and damn too expensive to go there.

We need a land owner to scrape clean, put down asphault and let the normal boys come.
That would be pretty cool. Not to far from us. I would love to see Highrock get underway, but I doubt that project will move forward anytime soon.

And we need SCCA/NASA to market to the younger crowd who doesn't know what Auto-x/track stuff is...

The time trials programs are hurting bad these days. Everyone is either solo or road racing. No one is doing TT/Time Attack stuff because its so hard to get into.
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Maybe with the low attendence, TT stuff will be re-written to make it easier for the Joe Schmoe to get in. I know there are talks of such events here in Atlanta. We also have AMP underway, but I don't see any super large races like ALMS using the AMP facilities. Road Atlanta needs to start holding their own open track days or lower prices on renting out to try to being more people in.
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