Richmond International Raceway (RIR) becomes the third International Speedway Corporation (ISC) to do major overhauls and improvements to their track facilities. Announced today, the RIR project focuses on the infield and its facilities.
RIR is calling the renovation project, “Richmond Raceway Reimagined.” It is expected to be completed by September 2018, in time for playoff races for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series.
The planned improvements include brand new garages for teams, a 8,800 capacity fan infield plaza, and a rebuilt media center. Like Daytona, fans will have garage access and are also likely to watch Victory Lane activities. Victory Lane will be moved from its current location behind the pit wall to a closer view of the front stretch seating.
The Daytona project reached the $400 million mark, and was completed before last year’s Daytona 500. The Phoenix project is underway and is expected to cost upwards of $178 million. Phoenix’s improvements also include a new infield fan area, as well as a relocation of start/finish to what is currently Turns 1 and 2. Some seating will be relocated and removed during the process as well. The Phoenix renovation project is slated to be fully complete in the Fall of 2018.
The project will begin after the Sept. 9 Monster Energy Cup race and be completed by fall 2018 in time for the Sept. 22 race there that will be in the Cup playoffs.
“The new Richmond Raceway brand identity represents the bold, bright future of the track while recognizing our historic legacy in motorsports,” Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier said in a track release.
“When fans come to the track for our iconic racing experience, they will know they are part of the fabric of the greater Richmond region,” Bickmeier said.
Source: NASCAR.com – Richmond’s plan for fan-friendly $30M infield renovation in motion