Tidying up a 1,200-acre facility for more than 100,000 friends is quite the “honey-do” task. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has begun such preparations for the NASCAR weekends and is giving a sneak peek into the action with new “Magic Mile Tours”.
Starting Monday, April 16, speedway staff will peel back the curtain on the magic with daily tours at 11:30 a.m. The trip will include a lap around the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval or the 1.6-mile road course, depending on track configuration.
“It’s probably the most common question I get from fans; “What’s it like driving on the track?” says Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I figured we should let people find out for themselves. And on the way, we will give them a behind the scenes look at what it takes to host two nationally televised NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.”
For just $5 dollars per person (children aged 16 and under are free), visitors will hop aboard a “studio tram”, for a full tour of the facility without all the walking. Check out the garages where your favorite driver gets ready to race, see Victory Lane up close, and view the full expanse of the property and all of its amenities.
“People will see we have quite a lot of fun and have quite a bit of space in Loudon,” says Gappens. “Families may discover something new they want to come back and see on race weekend. Or perhaps they’ll scout out a new camping location.”
The $5 dollar fee can be used as a discount for race tickets, camping, and hospitality when purchased the same day as the tour.
“We have on-track activity nearly every day, so each tour will offer the additional benefit of giving fans some exciting action of all kinds of variety. One day the motorcycles will be blitzing over the road course. On a different day, the American-Canadian Tour late models might be testing the track for an upcoming race event. Each day, the tour will have a unique feel because of the show that’s being offered trackside.”
With the exception of a handful of dates, the tours will be held every day throughout the 2012 racing season.
Great seats, camping, hospitality, and VIP packages are still available for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15 or the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 23. To purchase the tickets, please call the speedway ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit nhms.com.
Days When the Tour is Unavailable: