Another track undergoing improvements is Road America, a 628-acre facility celebrating its 50th year in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The Road America board of directors and staff announced a three-year, $5 million dollar facility enhancement plan to allow for additional track and facility opportunities and improved paddock operations.
Several track alterations will be made to the track without changing the original track design. Turns 3, 5, 6, 8 and 12 will be resurfaced with a high-wearing asphalt compound to improve wear and maintain a consistent surface. Modifications will also be made to the run-off area at turn 5 to make recovery easier. Another notable safety change will be a reconfiguration of the Bill Mitchell Bridge at turn 13 to accommodate a greater run-off area.
Expanded in 1990, the main paddock is being enlarged by 3.5 paved acres. The increase will provide additional space for race teams, transporters, vendors, and two new skid pad areas. A larger medical center will be constructed in a new paddock location that will allow better access for racers, spectators and emergency medical personnel.
Eventually, Road America plans to develop Paddock Village, a 35-acre business park containing garages and retail areas.
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