BeaveRun MotorSports ComPlex Opens First Road Course
First of 400-acre facility's two planned road courses pleases race team testers, challenges pro and club racers, thrills amateur driving enthusiasts
July 31, 2002 (Big Beaver Borough, PA) - BeaveRun MotorSports ComPlex, the country's newest multi-track 400-acre motorsports facility, has inaugurated the first of its two planned road courses with a full day of no-holds-barred Formula 2000 testing. John Walko Racing, a two-time national championship-winning SCCA Formula Continental team and a front-runner in the pro U.S. F2000 Zetec Championship, reserved the just-opened 1.6-mile track to shake down two Van Diemen F2000 chassis in advance of the Zetec Championship's next round. Designed by renowned track designer Alan Wilson, the 12-turn, 36-foot wide circuit is an exciting new choice for all types of car and motorcycle testing and competition. BeaveRun also offers several high-elevation, panoramic viewing areas ideal for spectators, as well as one of the most convenient and central locations in the country-just minutes off I-76 Exit 2, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The track's combination of slow, medium and fast corners, along with a series of elevation changes and high-speed straight-aways make for a level of diversity unmatched by most other racetracks. Veteran F2000 racer Paul Dana participated in the first official testing session to take place at BeaveRun and had especially high marks for the track's Turn 7. "There are several technical sections I liked, but Turn 7 stands out," he said. "It's a quick, right-hand kink that falls off the backside of the hill you just climbed through Turns 5 and 6. The apex is blind, so you turn in on faith-turn in earlier than you think is right and when you clear the crest your apex will be there to meet you. The corner was flat-out in the F2000 car, but it's scary enough to require some courage to get through it."
Team owner John Walko also liked the circuit's length-a significant benefit for testing applications. "We were well under a one-minute lap time, so it's short enough that you can run plenty of laps within a given timeframe and get a lot of work done," he said. "With its combination of various-speed corners, a car that works well at BeaveRun should work anywhere."
The 1.6-mile course will ultimately be connected to a second, 2.2-mile track. BeaveRun's second road course is scheduled for completion in 2003/2004. In addition, consumer and corporate customers can reserve time at BeaveRun's challenging 8/10-mile Wilson Circuit, the facility's top-tier Karting Center and a six-acre Vehicle Dynamics testing area. For complete information, contact BeaveRun MotorSports Complex at 724.535.1000.
About BeaveRun MotorSports Complex
BeaveRun MotorSports ComPlex (www.beaverun.com) is conveniently located in Big Beaver Borough, Pennsylvania, just 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh on Route 18. With I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) Exit 2 just two miles south of the 400-acre destination complex, and Pittsburgh Airport only 25 minutes away, driving and motorsports enthusiasts from around the country can take full advantage of BeaveRun's world-class, multi-use facilities. BeaveRun MotorSports ComPlex encompasses some of the most scenic terrain in western Pennsylvania, and features premium facilities that create an unmatched experience for both amateur driving enthusiasts and professional racers.
Phase One of BeaveRun's planned development includes the first of two planned road courses. The 1.6-mile, 36-foot wide track will ultimately connect to a second road course, planned for completion in 2003/2004. Together, the courses offer nearly four miles of world-class road racing. The BeaveRun Karting Center, one of only three national karting facilities built to Commission International du Karting (CIK) specifications, includes a challenging 8/10-mile, 16-turn short track-the Wilson Circuit-also ideally suited to racing and testing. Also open for public and corporate use are the testing and training facilities of the six-acre BeaveRun Vehicle Dynamics Center, home of the BeaveRun Vehicle Dynamic Academy. Future plans call for continued expansion of facilities, including the addition of a private Track Club, expansive pit areas, panoramic spectator areas and a motocross track.