Originally Posted by Timmo
It's getting closer and closer.I wonder if Homestead has any sample pics of the new layout??
I have been asked to post some pictures of the area where we are expanding Homestead RC Raceway. This will be pretty mundane stuff since we are in the preparation stages of getting everything ready. Anyone who has prepared race tracks before knows that proper planning and sequencing are the keys to a good race track. It will be a few weeks before we will be able to show you the total layout and how it all will come together.
You can look at the first picture and see the existing track layout from a satellite view. You can imagine the existing straightaway extending into the expansion area ending in a sweeper. Then there will be some as yet to be determined right and left turns leading back to the existing track just before the white line where the timing loop is located. The original straightaway length is 165 feet/50 meters, it is expected to be increased to about 280 feet which converts to about 85 meters. The original total racing line track length is 650 feet/198 meters is expected to be increased to about 950 feet which converts to about 290 meters.
This picture shows the expansion area for where the extended track at Homestead RC Raceway will be. The blue van is dragging concrete blocks to grind off the sharp edges of the asphalt. Later this area will be pressure cleaned to remove the sand, dust, rocks and whatever other type of debris that may be on the surface. After the area is pressure cleaned, weighted tires will be dragged to add smoothness and actually add rubber to the racing surface. All of this is being done to help reduce tire wear and increase traction. If you look closely you can see where the color of the asphalt has started to change color where the blocks have been dragged.
This picture shows the area where the fence and fence posts were removed. You can see that the fence post holes have been filled and smoothed. You can also see the simple rig made from 4X4ís that was made to drag the concrete blocks. Later more blocks were added to cover a larger area.In the back ground you can see the grandstand area for Homestead Miami Speedway. You can also see the blue chalet tents that will be used for the racers and mechanics pit area.
A big thank you goes out to Duncan Chin and David Duperrouzel for all their work in heading up this part of the project this past weekend.
Our intention is to make sure everyone attending The Ipanema Sports 2010 GT1/8 GT World Championship on March 19,20,21, will have a fantastic race track to compete on along with a great time and making new friends at Homestead RC Raceway facility.
Only 54 days to go!