MADISON — Officials from TORC Off-Road and Gateway Motorsports Park have announced that the May 17-18 racing event has been postponed. The series, venue and track-construction team are working together to find a suitable new date while construction on the facility continues.
"As most people are aware, the winter of 2014 was one of the worst on record in the Midwest," said Jeff Nordstrom, track construction supervisor for TORC Off-Road, who is supervising the Dirtplex construction. "According to area development specialists, it’s been about 20 years since weather has impacted construction crews and their ability to work for such an extended period of time.
"As a result of the extreme weather and recent rain, it has pushed our construction schedule past deadline. Obtaining the proper dirt to construct a championship off-road course, and our efforts to pave and prepare first-class spectator amenities wasn't possible in time for a May event," he said.
The course design at the Gateway Motorsports Park Dirtplex is one of the most technically challenging on the TORC circuit. The track will feature unique landmark turns as well as the first over/under obstacle for a permanent off-road facility.
“Our No. 1 priority is delivering a quality product to both the fans and racers,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park Executive Vice President and General Manager. "Our goal is to build a premiere off-road venue and make sure that when we open the gates for the first event, everyone has a memorable experience. We’re committed to a long-term relationship with TORC Off-Road and look forward to the opening event."
B.J. Bitwell, president of the TORC Series, added: "The TORC Team is looking forward to continuing our work at Gateway Motorsports Park and introducing a best-in-class track for PRO racers. We are a very committed bunch and we certainly won’t let record-breaking weather stop us from bringing TORC racing excitement to St. Louis."
The 14-acre Dirtplex at Gateway Motorsports Park is located at 700 Raceway Boulevard in Madison.