PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s been a long time in the planning stages, but now a plan to bring car racing to Palmer is back on track.
On Tuesday, ground was broken for the racetrack in a rural area of Palmer.
The 2.3 mile road course is located in the Whiskey Hill area of Palmer off West Ware road.
Palmer Motorsports will run the track.
It’s the only one of its kind in the state, but don’t expect to see any NASCAR races there.
“It’s not designed for NASCAR. It will be similar to Lime Rock in that it’s a true road course designed for people in the European style who like twisty turns,” says Fred Ferguson, Manager of Palmer Motor Sports Park.
The track is professionally designed for high performance cars to take advantage of the Whiskey Hill terrain.
“Corvettes, Mustangs, Porsche, Ferrari crowds as well as some of the racing organizations that you see on television. We’re hoping they’ll find this racetrack compelling and want to come here and race,” Ferguson adds.
The track will be run privately.
Fred Ferguson says crowds will likely be between 100 and 200 and not in the thousands.
Nevertheless, there will be economic benefit to the town according to town councilor Paul Burns.
“It certainly brings in tax revenue which obviously adds revenue to the town’s coffers. I think it also creates an environment where you’re going to have folks up here. You’re going to need amenities in town for them. For example, Northeast Realty is talking about building a hotel in the triangle down by Big Y in Palmer,” says Burns.
Work will now continue on the track. They expect it to open for racing sometime next Fall.