How NASCAR is building a disposable track worth a million dollars in LA Coliseum

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How hard is it to build a temporary NASCAR track in a football stadium? It is about the same cost as building a permanent track.

New Valley Construction of Phoenix, Ariz., is in the process of paving over the entire field inside the LA Memorial Coliseum for February’s NASCAR Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum season-opening exhibition race.

The quarter-mile track will only be used for one weekend. After that, it will be torn up and returned to its original condition.

Steve Boscardin, the New Valley executive in charge of the project, told Fox News Autos that it’s following nearly the same procedure it would if it were laying a long-term surface. The major difference is that the company covered the field with plywood and plastic before laying a base of six inches of dirt.

Boscardin said that this was a difficult task because of the narrow tunnel. It took 500 truckloads. Another 70 semis had the task of transporting 1,560 tonnes of a special mixture of high-performance asphalt. This requires special equipment.

The Busch Light Clash at Coliseum in Los Angeles will take place February.

Boscardin said it will be four inches thick, rather than the five inches they’d use for a permanent installation. The company has previously worked with NASCAR for projects at Homestead-Miami Raceway and Phoenix Raceway.

The track will only have two weeks to set and cure before the February 6 weekend race, which is about half the normal time, but he doesn’t expect any issues.

Temporary barriers will be used to define the oval. They are similar to those found on street circuits. The oval was created using simulations on the iRacing platform. A pit lane won’t be required as the Clash will consist of several short heat races and a non-stop main.

The quarter-mile track will only be used for one weekend.Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

As soon as it’s done, the crew will start tearing up the surface and trucking away the asphalt and dirt, which will all be reused for other projects.

The exact price hasn’t been revealed, NASCAR’s Vice President of Marketing Services Patrick Rogers told The Sports Business Journal it was just over $1 million, which is roughly what it costs to pave a mile of road.

NASCAR hasn’t yet confirmed if it’ll be coming back again in 2023, but Boscardin will be ready if it does and is looking forward to this year’s event.

“I think it’s going to be a blast.”

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