New Jersey Motorsports Park - Two Circuits at One Site

February 26, 2017
Alexander S

New Jersey Motorsports Park is permanent road course with an unusual feature – two separate tracks that can be operated simultaneously.

Inspired by VIR

The circuit located in Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, was opened in 2008. The construction was launched by the group of investors, including Harvey Siegal who is the owner of Virginia International Raceway. They found a land beside former US Air Force base used in World War 2, which is now Millville Municipal Airport, and soon the construction of the circuit began.

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Exotic car garages at New Jersey Motorsports Park

One of the plans was that the new circuit has to be more than an ordinary motorsports venue. That’s why the construction of country club similar to the one at Virginia International Raceway was initiated and after one year of hard work and $150 million invested, New Jersey Motorsports Park was built.

New Jersey Motorsports Park has two exciting tracks

The main feature of the venue are two clockwise-run separate racetracks, both being relatively short but quite demanding, with many elevation changes and long front straights. The first circuit called Thunderbolt Raceway is 3.62 km long and has 14 turns. The other circuit, named Lightning Raceway, is 3.06 km long with 10 turns.

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Two circuits at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Several grandstands are available around the venue but spectators usually preferring open seating which allows venturing throughout the grounds. The Finish Line Pub bar &amprestaurant, located at the center of the New Jersey Motorsports Park, is one of the most popular places at the modern and exclusive racing spot.

The first class facilities

Beside two racetracks, there are also thrilling 1.8 km kart circuit, Tudor-style clubhouse with the pool suitable for various activities, hotel, trackside condominiums, and a camping site. In the development which was done in 2012, ATV course, short tri-oval track, and a motocross track were added.

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New Jersey Motorsports Park offers the first-class facilities for both on and off the track

New Jersey Motorsports Park hosts various racing series

Since its opening, New Jersey Motorsports Park hosts various racing championships. The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Thunderbolt Circuit was the first event held after opening in 2008 and ended with a victory of Michael Shank Racing’s drivers Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri. However, that race will be the best remembered after Scott Pruett’s crash when he hit the wall at the speed of over 220 km/h.

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ARCA Racing Series at NJMP

ARCA Racing Series and American Superbike Championship events are held on a regular basis at New Jersey Motorsports Park, as well as various small and amateur racing events, like the popular ChumpCar series or the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association races.

NJMP was hit by financial troubles

Just like many many small circuits, New Jersey Motorsports Park fell into financial troubles in 2011. The circuit was unable to service the bank loan and even was short of funds to organize any racing event. Soon after NJMP went into bankruptcy but a couple of months later sportscar racer AJ Valentine increased his shareholding and soon the situation normalized. Unfortunately, Sports Car Series race was held for the last time in 2012.

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American Superbike race at NJMP

Getting there and accommodation

Millville Municipal Airport is adjacent to the circuit but offers only local flights. The nearest international airports are in Atlantic City, around 50 minutes drive from New Jersey Motorsports Park, and in Philadelphia, some 60 minutes from the circuit.

New Jersey Motorsports Park start, finish

New Jersey Motorsports Park

Apart from villas and camping area within the circuit, there is a plenty of exclusive hotels and other accommodation possibilities nearby the circuit.

Address: 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ 08332, USA
Phone: +1 856 327 8000