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National Corvette Museum Motorsport Park opens control tower and race shop

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The opening of the Holley Control Tower on July 13. Photos courtesy National Corvette Museum Motorsport Park.

On July 13, the National Corvette Museum Motorsport Park (NCMMP) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, took one step closer to becoming a world-class racing facility with the opening of the 15,000 square foot Holley Control Tower and the Winding Road Racing Shop. The opening is more remarkable in light of a June 2015 Notice of Violation, served by the City and County Planning Commission, which temporarily halted further construction at the facility.

In the months following last year’s Notice of Violation, the track followed through on its promise to submit compliance summaries for all structures on site, and erected noise barriers at key points around the facility. In March of 2016, the NCMMP presented a plan to erect permanent sound barriers between the residents of Clark Circle and the track, based upon sound surveys conducted by an acoustical engineering firm, but did not receive the required permission from the City County Planning Commission to do so. The track and local residents involved in litigation are due back in court on November 1, when a judge is expected to hear a compensatory damage suit filed against the NCMMP.National Corvette Museum Holley Control Tower

Meeting rooms overlook the track.

The Holley Control Tower and the adjacent race shop are just the latest projects completed at the facility. The Kimberlee A. Fast Pavilion opened in June of 2015, containing restrooms, showers, a picnic area and concessions, as did a garage complex with two sizes of garages available for daily rental (and topped by a viewing deck). A Mobil 1 fueling station, offering three grades of race fuel, diesel and two grades of gasoline, also opened at the track last summer.

The control tower facility, which contains retail space, a 2,000 square foot viewing deck, administrative offices, meeting rooms and classrooms, was designed to be used for more than just racing events. The South Central Kentucky LAUNCH Experience career expo will be hosted at the tower on November 9 and 10, and the building’s meeting rooms are available for public rental. The NCMMP and Holley Performance Products (also based in Bowling Green) are active participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s motorsports committee, and both support the On Track initiative, an education partnership among the Chamber, the South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College, the Warren County Area Technical Center, Western Kentucky University and regional automotive companies. It’s a safe bet the control tower will be used for a variety of training programs in the future.