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January 11th, 2011
Thunderhill announces new lease, features

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On Track Experience at Thunderhill Raceway will make everyone a racer.

STAFF REPORT

KYLE — Thunderhill Raceway has announced a number of new business enhancements in recent months, enabling the company to secure a five-year lease for the track.

“I’m very excited about all of the opportunities that are on the horizon for 2011 and beyond,” said Thunderhill owner and promoter Mary Ann Naumann. “Most importantly, racers can build their race cars knowing that they will have a place to race for many years, and our race fans can also be assured that stock car racing will be here in the local area for quite a while.”

The season opener for stock car racing at Thunderhill is set for March 5.

This week, Thunderhill introduced a new business venture – On Track Experience LLC, dba NasKart Racing Experience. NasKart rentals will be offered to the general public at Thunderhill Raceway when the track is not in use for stock car racing or other events.

Known as “Arrive and Drive,” the feature allows racing enthusiasts can rent powerful Honda GX 270 powered NasKarts and race on Thunderhill’s 3/8-mile paved oval.

On Track Experience will supply the drivers with all of the safety gear, including gloves, helmet, driving suit and neck brace. Each driver must be at least 16 years old and must have a valid driver’s license.

On Track Experience also will host corporate events so companies can entertain clients, reward vendors, build sales relationships and teach team-building skills.

Arrive and Drive league racing also will be available weekly. Participation in league racing will be limited to drivers who have completed the NasKarts High Performance Racing School and have qualified for a required competition license.

Gary Smith, Managing Partner for On Track Racing Experience, said the new business is a perfect fit for the racing environment at Thunderhill Raceway.

“The NasKart Racing Experience will be a less-intimidating, less-expensive way to race,” Smith said. “You’ll have an opportunity to experience the thrill of close, side-by-side racing on a real NASCAR-sanctioned track without having to buy and maintain expensive racing equipment. It’s like racing at Talladega in your own backyard.”

Plans also are underway to use the facility for community events, such as cook-offs, concerts, monster truck shows, car shows, etc., on non-race weekends.

“Thunderhill Raceway has been an underutilized facility, and now we feel we can help expand it into a full-time operation,” Smith said.

In recent months, the track has announced that Thunderhill Raceway had been selected for a non-scripted TV series by two producers from Los Angeles, along with a partnership with Houston Motorsports Park and an agreement to become a NASCAR-sanctioned track.

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