The idea of building a Motorsports Park to complete the Corvette Museum experience began in 2007. The success of our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE) and feedback from enthusiasts who enjoyed exercising their cars, got the attention of Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. When an opportunity came up to obtain some property adjacent to the existing NCM campus, the suggestion was first made to use it for a track, until it was decided that there wasn’t enough room there to do it properly. Still, it seemed like a good idea worth pursuing later.
At that time the Museum expansion was the priority so the track plan went on the back burner. This changed when a nearby property owner with 20 acres on the other side of the interstate, contacted the Museum offering to sell her land for future growth. An adjoining 50 acres came available as well adding up to 70 acres. Strode and the Museum Board of Directors agreed that the land should be purchased as it would be a good investment even if the track didn’t wind up getting the support it needed to be built.
When the expansion was complete, the strong business case for a Motorsports Park prompted the NCM leadership to bring in track designer Alan Wilson (Miller Motorsports Park, NOLA Motorsports Park, Barber Motorsports Park and others) as a consultant, along with others who determined that more property would be needed to make this the world-class facility it had the potential to be. A total of 184 acres were eventually purchased and as member support grew, so did the momentum and excitement. Track designer Steve Crawford (Thunder Hill, Ridge Motorsports Park) was hired to design the road course with input from Corvette Racing, resulting in a multiple, reconfigurable, track layout with features from Le Mans, making the NCM Motorsports Park the track that every motorsports enthusiast would want to drive.
The vision for the Motorsports Park is to create a safe and challenging environment where drivers of all ages, interests and skill levels can become more proficient behind the wheel. Whether the goal is teen driver safety or the excitement of high performance recreational driving, participants can learn through classroom instruction and on-track with a certified instructor, designed to help students increase their ability and build skills that can be applied to the track and the real world.
With over 1.5 miles of frontage on Interstate 65 and located across from the National Corvette Museum (NCM) and the Corvette Assembly Plant, the Motorsports Park is one of the most centrally located and easily accessible driving facilities in the country. The First Phase of the Park is situated on 200 acres. The adjoining 219 acres is under option and have also been incorporated into Phase II of the Master Development Plan, and may be used for future development.
The National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green, KY is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit foundation, and the sole owner of the NCM Motorsports Park. As the largest car museum in the world dedicated to a single model, the NCM is committed to preserving the Corvette’s past, present and future. Learn more about the National Corvette Museum at www.corvettemuseum.org.
Board of Directors
Ellicott City, MD
Fort Worth, TX
New Smyrna, FL
Port Neches, TX
Michael Newlander (Chair)
Bowling Green, KY
Sandy Springs, GA
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- For Touring Laps and HPDIs, all vehicles including convertibles are allowed. Vehicles must be in good running condition, no leaking fluids and must have all body panels.
- For HPDEs, tech requirements vary by the organizer of the event. Be sure to contact them directly for more information.
- For Hot Laps, participants must be 15 years or older.
- For Touring Laps in your own car, driver must be 16 years or older with a valid drivers’ license. Passengers must be 14 years or older.
- For Corvette Touring Laps, driver must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers’ license. Passengers must be 14 years or older.
- For Corvette Experience, driver must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers’ license. No passengers allowed.
- All minors 17 years and younger must be accompanied by their Guardian to sign minor waiver. If Guardian is unable to be present, click here to access the minor waiver.
- Contact event organizers regarding specific age requirements to participate.
- Access to the track for motorcycles is limited to organized events due to liability reasons. Please contact Midwest Track Days, Track Day Winner or California Superbike School to register for an event.
- Height requirement for two-seater go-karts is 42” for the passenger.
- Height requirement for junior go-karts is 48” or taller and must fit properly within the kart.
- Height requirement for the adult go-karts is 52” or taller or a valid drivers’ license.
- Must wear closed toe shoes.
- Must pull back long, loose hair.
- Yes, most events allow spectating free of charge. There is a second story observation deck located on the Holley Control Tower as well as track side viewing deck on the back of the garage complex. At this time, the observation deck and viewing deck is not handicap accessible.
The initial phase consists of a twin circuit arrangement of a two mile / 13 turn west course and a one mile / 10 turn East course which can be combined into multiple configurations. Both circuits feature technical turns, straights and elevation changes. These two courses can be used independently for multiple events, or connected together into a unique large course. The track was designed with challenging features that are reminiscent of the famous La Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
The NCM Motorsports Park wants to respect our neighbors and protect their ability to enjoy their property. The Clark Circle neighborhood contains many sound sources both natural (birds, dogs, wind blowing through trees) and man-made (I-65, Beech Bend Raceway, aircraft overflights, lawnmowers, HVAC systems) that collectively contribute to the community sound levels. The relative effect of those sound sources on community sound levels is often a function of atmospheric conditions like wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity and the presence of temperature inversions.
We aim to reduce our effect on the surrounding sound environment by pursuing the following mutually agreed upon limits:
- With the exception of special manufacturers vehicle testing, track participant vehicles are limited to 103 dBA measured 50 feet from the edge of the track. This sound limit is strictly enforced. Any vehicles exceeding this sound limit will be ordered to leave the track until appropriate corrective measures are taken to bring the vehicle into compliance.
- Track event based sound levels in the community are limited to a one hour equivalent sound level of 55.5 dBA measured at the top of every hour at a semi-permanent location in the Clark Circle neighborhood.
We have also been allowed eight (8) “exception days” during which track based sound levels at the community monitoring location will be limited to a one hour equivalent sounds level of 59.0 dBA.
Current planned exception days are:
- March 21-22, 2020
- March 28-29, 2020
- April 18-19, 2020
- October 24-25, 2020
Our sound monitoring station captures and records data digitally and stores it at a data center. These files are provided to the City-County Planning Commission upon request.
Should you have an issue with sound levels from the track, you can register a complaint with the City-County Planning Commission at 270-842-1953.
The NCM Motorsports Park has implemented the following guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests and staff members:
- All common areas are temporarily closed. Driver’s meetings will take place outside or virtually. Restrooms will be available in the Kimberlee A. Fast Pavilion.
- NCM Kartplex will remain temporarily closed.
- Hot laps will remain temporarily unavailable.
- Bathrooms and high touch areas will be disinfected according to CDC guidelines hourly.
- Additional sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the property.
- Cars used for experiential services will be disinfected between each use.
- We will be operating with limited staff on-site, and all staff will be required to do daily temperature checks and wear proper PPE.
- Staff and on-site security will make scheduled circuits through the facility to ensure that social distancing guidelines are being observed by the guests.
- We have discontinued equipment rental and prohibit sharing of equipment.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6ft). Also, space your cars, bikes and trailers out in the paddock.
- You must cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover or mask when around others.
- Please limit the number of non-driving guests.
To avoid an additional touch point and signing the required waivers upon arrival, please print both documents below, complete all required fields and bring with you to turn in.