Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
- Monsoon floods hit much of the Southwest, inundating the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
- The water covered large sections of the track and support roads, and even affected many homes surrounding the racetrack property.
- Described as the worst flood in 18 years at the track, surprisingly, only two classes were cancelled.
After massive monsoon flooding wiped out roads across the American Southwest, including roads in Death Valley and many roads into the Easter Sierra Nevada, the tracks at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, are mostly back in business.
Despite massive flows of mud and debris, only two classes were canceled as a result of the mud.
“We had two Corvette classes that were scheduled during that time (Sunday and Monday) that we had to cancel,” said Todd Crutcher, the facility’s director of marketing. “Due to the hard work of our employees and DoubleM Construction, we were able to get the facility, West Track, North Track and Charleston Peak up and running for Tuesday’s events.”
The only part of the track still under water and closed was the East course (a lot of fun, when it’s dry).
“The Eastern Path was worst affected in some locations, but The Bowl did its job as a retention pond, catching a lot of the water.”
The Bowl is a very fun section of track that could easily be called the Carousel, with its rounded and cambered banking that made it a joy for anyone lucky enough to drive through it.
The floods also affected some buildings in the field.
“We had several houses and over 50 garages affected by the flood,” Crutcher said. “Our team and club members have worked hard to restore each garage bay to its pristine original condition.”
As for when things can get back to normal, it looks like they already have, plus or minus a few dirty bits and a lot of cleaning.
“Because we just finished our new state-of-the-art 3.24-mile track, called Charleston Peak, we were able to move the events that were on the East Track to CP, so no classes need to be canceled,” said Crutcher. “The Eastern Front should be back up and running within the next week after the Bowl is drained. As for the rest of the damage, it will be months before everything is fixed.”
In case you haven’t heard of it, Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch (or Motor Resort and Country Club, depending on which section of the website you read) has more than nine miles of roads and offers everything from its C8 Corvette Driving School up to SCCA licensing and private instruction. You can even build your own boy runner condo right next to the tracks, similar to the offerings at Thermal Club and elsewhere. But if you build, maybe keep all your equipment off the ground for about two feet.
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