New Hampshire Motor Speedway Opens Its Gates For The 2014 Racing Season

(Photo: New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

(Photo: New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

It wasn’t horsepower that kicked off the 2014 racing season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thursday, but rather pedal power.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials opened the gates for the 2014 season by welcoming the New Hampshire Cycling Club for an event Thursday on the 1.6-mile road course at the facility.

It marked the first of about 200 days of activity at the track between now and late October.

Mother Nature’s extended winter grip in Loudon forced track officials to delay the opening of the facility a week later than has been scheduled.

“We have faced a few challenges with the deck of cards Mother Nature dealt us,” Tom Blanchette, the speedway’s director of operations said in a release. “But with the best team in the business here at the Magic Mile we strive to make it happen for our guests and clients every day, so they can enjoy all of the great amenities and excitement we have to offer.”

A New Hampshire Motor Speedway press release offered details on the plethora of activities that will take place at the track in April.

April will be a busy opening month for the Magic Mile. The NHCC, which is a central New Hampshire-based cycling club, competing in several events, including the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thursday Night Training Series, is just the first group to use the facility. Over the weekend, the Porsche Club of America (PCA) North Country and the BMW Car Club of America White Mountain Chapter will both be on the track. PCA North Country will be on-track Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, while the BMW White Mountain will hold an a advanced driving skills school in the S3 parking lot, using plastic pylons, to provide a safe learning environment for these low to moderate speed maneuvers.

The U.S. Legend Cars Moat Mountain Road Course Series and the Sign Works Oval Series, as well as the Gifford’s Ice Cream Bandolero Series will holding testing and race sessions on Saturday, April 19, while the Loudon Road Racing Series (motorcycles) will have its first event during the April 26-27 weekend.

The Formula Hybrid Competition returns from April 28-May 1. Featuring high-performance hybrid and electric race cars, Dartmouth College’s 8th annual Formula Hybrid Competition features cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students, who compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling and endurance of their vehicle, and abide by a long list of rules.

Speedway Children’s Charities will once again hold its 10th annual Safe Kids 500 on April 30. The fun, free, family event hosted by Speedway Children’s Charities and the Injury Prevention Center at CHaD promotes bike safety among children.

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