Richmond Raceway breaks ground on redevelopment project

Days after its 2017 racing season concluded, Richmond Raceway and International Speedway Corporation held a groundbreaking Sept. 14 for Richmond Raceway Reimagined, a $30-million infield redevelopment project at the Henrico complex. The new infield will offer a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to the Richmond infield. Fan access is the focus of Reimagined, which will showcase new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages with a fan-viewing walkway. The new infield continues the track’s mission of being the most fan-friendly track on NASCAR’s schedule.

“It is a momentous day for Richmond Raceway and ISC, and the future of the iconic racing experience for our loyal NASCAR fans at Richmond,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Today’s groundbreaking is the beginning of the next chapter in Richmond’s storied history in motorsports, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Central Virginia region.”

The official Reimagined groundbreaking ceremony was held on the frontstretch at the edge of the infield near Turn 1. Guests for the groundbreaking included Todd Haymore, secretary of Commerce & Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia; Delegate Lamont Bagby of the Virginia House of Delegates; John Vithoulkas, Henrico County manager; Frank Thornton, vice chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors; and Rita McClenny, President & CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The last groundbreaking in the Richmond infield was held Feb. 21, 1988, when the track was redeveloped into its now famed three-quarter-mile D-shaped oval. On Thursday, long-time season ticketholder and Richmond Nation member Thomas Enroughty dug the first hole for the Reimagined project. Enroughty has attended every Richmond race since 1959, watching his first race from a tree on the backstretch.

“It was an honor to welcome long-time season ticketholder Tom Enroughty to represent Richmond Nation by breaking ground today,” said Bickmeier. “We look forward to opening our new infield to thousands of Richmond Nation members and race fans for our first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff weekend on September 21-22, 2018.”

The new modernized infield will also include fan viewing of the inspection stations, new interactive fan engagement areas, an 80-person club experience with rooftop access that will overlook Gatorade Victory Lane, and two new garage suites with a view into the Monster Energy Series garages.

Gatorade Victory Lane will also get a transformation and move locations in order to be more visible to race fans. The new Gatorade Victory Lane will be near Turn 1 and move closer to the grandstands. The location and modernized infield will provide new opportunities for pre-race access, driver appearances, and entertainment programming.

A new media center will be built to include expanded space, broadcast booths, a conference room, and hospitality space. Additional amenities and enhancements include a new vehicle crossover gate on the backstretch, a relocated tram route delivering fans closer to the front door of the track, a new pedestrian tunnel, 80 new consumer RV spaces, and infield drainage improvements.

Barton Malow, one of the leading sports facility builders in the nation, is the contractor and the DLR Group is the architect for Richmond Raceway Reimagined. Richmond-based HG Design Studio is the civil engineer on the infield redevelopment project. The modernized infield is scheduled to open for the first NASCAR playoff weekend at Richmond in the fall of 2018.
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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field


Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion


A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals


Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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