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How NASCAR is building a million-dollar disposable track in LA Coliseum

How NASCAR is building a million-dollar disposable track in LA Coliseum
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How difficult is it to build a temporary NASCAR track on a football field? Almost the same building is a permanent one.

New Valley Construction of Phoenix, Ariz. , in preparation for the entire field inside the LA Memorial Coliseum for the February NASCAR Busch Light Clash for the Coliseum’s season opening race.

The quarter-mile track will be used for one weekend only, and then shredded to return the facility to its original condition.

Steve Boscardin, the New Valley executive director in charge of the project, told Fox News Autos that he’s following roughly the same procedure he would have if he were laying a long-term deck. The big difference is that he put protective layers of plastic and plywood over the field before laying a six-inch dirt base on top.

It took 500 trucks to do so, which Bouscardin said is difficult due to the narrow tunnel available to pass through. Another 70 half had to deliver 1,560 tons of a special blend of high-performance asphalt that required special paving equipment.

The Busch Light Clash will take place at the Colosseum in Los Angeles in February.
iRacing via REUTERS

Boscardin said it will be four inches thick, instead of the five inches they use for permanent installation. The company previously worked with NASCAR on projects in Homestead-Miami and Phoenix Raceway.

The track will only have two weeks to set and treat before the race weekend on February 6, which is about half the regular time, but he doesn’t expect any problems.

Temporary barriers, such as those used in a street circuit, will be installed to define the oval, which was designed with the help of simulations conducted on the iRacing platform. The pit lane will not be needed as the Clash will consist of several short heat races and a non-stop mainline.

Construction work is underway in preparation for NASCAR's Busch Light Clash event at the Coliseum at the Los Angeles Coliseum on December 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
The quarter mile track will only be used for one weekend.
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Once that’s done, the crew will start shredding the roof and trucking asphalt and dirt, all of which will be reused for other projects.

The exact price was not disclosed, and it was just over $1 million, NASCAR Vice President of Marketing Services Patrick Rogers told The Sports Business Journal, which roughly costs paving a mile of the road.

NASCAR has yet to confirm if it will make a comeback in 2023, but Boscardin will be ready if it does and looking forward to this year’s event.

“I think it would be a blast.”

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