Summit Point Motorsports Park
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|Location||Summit Point, WV, USA|
|Capacity||open seating without capacity limitation|
|Owner||Bill Scott Racing, Inc.|
|Operator||Bill Scott Racing, Inc.|
|Major events||The 12 Hours at the Point - SCCA|
|Summit Point Main Circuit|
|Length||3.22 km (2.0 mi)|
|Length||1.80 km (1.12 mi)|
|Length||3.54 km (2.2 mi)|
Owned and operated by Bill Scott Racing, Inc., Summit Point Motorsports Park features three road racing circuits that are currently used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle racing, high-performance driver education and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement, as well as foreign service officers who may be posted to dangerous locales.
Built in 1969–1970, Summit Point Motorsports Park (then "Summit Point Raceway"), opened in 1969.[timeframe?]
The first races held there were SCCA regional races in the fall of 1969 with IMSA International Sedans being the first professional event, later to become The Radial Tire Series, and IMSA Pro Formula Ford. The event was held on Memorial Day, May 30, 1970. (The holiday was still celebrated on the 30th then.) Rasey Feezell won in an Alfa Romeo 4-door sedan, whose modifications were very questionable, taking home the grand sum of $200 prize money. Five of the eleven entrants were from Raleigh, North Carolina.
During its early years and since SCCA held numerous events at the track. Several Regional and National races were run each year. Many racers got their start in the popular SCCA Driver's Schools held there by the Washington DC Region.
Paul Newman ran several of his early races there in a Bob Sharp-prepared Datsun 510 sedan. He wished to be just another "racer" and did not want to be recognized at racing events as a "superstar", so he and wife Joanne Woodward kept to themselves and eschewed signing autographs. Few realized they were racing in the company of famous actors. The only outward clue was the plate on his 510's front bumper... "PLN"
Due to financial problems, the track was closed for a year in the early 1970s. It was subsequently purchased by the Delashmet brothers, who owned a local contracting business, and managed by Pat Goodman who was one of the original partners in the track. The track was sold to Bill Scott and his partner Tom Milner in the early 1980s. Bill was 1970 Formula Vee World Champion Bill Scott.
In addition to races, the track and its environs became a training ground for various federal agencies and other security organizations. This accounted for the track's success as it provided an income stream in addition to weekend track rental.
Two additional road courses, "Jefferson" and "Shenandoah", were constructed on the property in 1996 and 2004, respectively. Jefferson is mostly used for training purposes, Friday-At-The-Track (FATT) events, and various drifting and driving events. Shenandoah is used for similar reasons. To date, the only actual "series" to use the Shenandoah circuit include the Bill Scott Formula Series (run by the FRCCA) and the Woodbridge Kart Club (WKC), which are normally run simultaneously.
An additional course, the Washington Circuit, opened in Spring 2009. It is a "triple skid pad" focused on autocross and driver training. Since its inception, it has been fitted as a sprint kart track, hosting events by Summit Point Kart and by the Maryland Sprint Divisional Series. SPK runs its own leagues for both juniors and adults. It is also popular for autocross as mentioned, and clubs such as the local BMW club have run their events there.
Summit Point Main
Summit Point Main is a 10-turn, 2.0-mile (3.2 km) road course that features a 2,900-foot (880 m) main straight. This original circuit opened in 1970.
The original layout did not include the "Carousel", presently denoted Turns 6 and 7. In the original layout, Turn 5 was a ~90 deg. left-hander leading to a 90 deg. right-hander at the entry to what is now denoted Turn 8. Therefore, the original layout had 8 turns (or 9 depending on how you counted them). The "Carousel" wasn't added until sometime after mid-1973.
No longer used for professional auto races, it hosts many WKC, WKA, SCCA, Audi, Mazda Drivers, BMWCCA, NESBA, and NASA club races, track days, and schools. In addition, motorcycle races are run by CCS and WERA, which also holds national-level 6-hour endurance race.
The Main Circuit was repaved in the Fall of 2007.
The Jefferson Circuit is a seven-turn, 1.12-mile (1.80 km) road course that was designed and built by Bill Scott as a dedicated course for high-performance, accident avoidance and emergency operation driver training. Opened in 1996 or 1997, the Jefferson is a course that demands constant attentiveness and smooth inputs from drivers.
The circuit hosts a number of driver training schools, as well as a handful of motorcycle trackdays each year.
The Jefferson Circuit is currently under construction with extensive upgrades, according to the track's website.
The Shenandoah Circuit is a 22-turn, 2.2-mile (3.5 km) road course that first opened in 2004. Widely considered one of the most technical circuits of the recent crop of race courses, the Shenandoah also boasts a smaller scale replica of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife's famous banked Karussell turn. It's also known as the concrete jungle.
Since opening in late 2004, the Shenandoah has played host to a number of high-performance driver education clinics, a handful of road races and a number of motorcycle races. After a number of races and schools, minor changes were made to the track layout in late 2004 and early 2005, including the addition of a straight between turns 5 and 7.
The Washington Circuit is Summit Point's newest addition and is home to Summit Point Kart, constructed and opened in 2009. Although used primarily by Summit Point Kart, it is capable of being configured for many uses.
Several layouts are used depending on the types of events occurring and the weather conditions, but the course is most often configured as the "Washington Long Course". This is .52-mile (0.8 km) and 11 turns, including a sweeping 160-degree decreasing radius corner and 3 straights. Full course lighting is also available, allowing for night racing, including 12-hour endurance karting events.
- (in Russian) BSR Inc
- Results of Spring Sprints for Sedans, Summit Point Speedway, 30/5/1970 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- Herald-Mail http://articles.herald-mail.com/2009-12-08/news/25157356_1_race-car-bsr-formula-vee by Julie Green 2009-12-08 retrieved 2010-01-16.
- Per Steve Coleman, 1972 IMSA Radial Sedan Class A Champion, from a testing session late summer 1973.
- http://www.trackpedia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3293 retrieved November 12, 2007
- http://www.nccbmwcca.org/index.php?id=17,167,0,0,1,0 retrieved November 12, 2007.
- http://www.rtr-pca.org/50th-Anniversary/driversed/Making_Tracks07.html retrieved November 12, 2007.
- Official Site
- Trackpedia guide to driving this track
- Main Circuit track maps and hot lap description
- Photos of the track from the 1970s