NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK
By Mike Ofiara
New Jersey Motorsports Park opened in July 2008 to serve racing enthusiasts on the Eastern Seaboard: Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York are all within a three-hour drive. Carved out of some 700 acres of forest, NJMP boasts two world-class road courses (Thunderbolt, which we used, and Lightning), a karting track, numerous garages, and a clubhouse equipped with locker rooms, a pool, a restaurant, and tennis courts.
"We really want to give guests the country-club lifestyle," says business development head Steve Stander. "We want it to be fun for the entire family, not just the driver."
The fourteen-turn Thunderbolt, the signature course, hosts events such as the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the Ferrari Challenge, and the AMA Superbike Championship. Large, grassy runoff areas and a wide racing surface make Thunderbolt appealing to a wide range of drivers. "You really have to mess up in order to hit something here," laughs Stander.
Thunderbolt was named for the World War II fighter planes that were stationed at the nearby Millville Airport. Future plans for the property include trackside villas that will be available to rent for race weekends, a three-quarter-mile tri-oval, an on-site hotel, and an off-road course.