Word comes through this morning that Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports in the United States, is having discussions to build an exact duplicate of the “Newboogring”. In a radio interview Smith said, “we’re being asked by Germans and what not to build, or duplicate if you would, the Nürburgring.”
The location would most likely be within a 10 mile radius of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith revealed, “the proposal came up about three years ago.”
“We’re going to have a little bit of a meeting here with the Governor and if the state of Nevada, if they really want it, then we’re going to out there and build a copy of the Nürburgring,” he added.
According to Smith the Bureau of Land Management is prepared to donate 8000 acres for the project. “If we get a go on this thing, well I’ll have engineers in Germany, we’ll do a lot of studying and photographing, aerial topography, and come up with everything exact,” he explained.
Smith says part of the motivation comes from the manufacturers who want to have a Nordschelife they can use throughout the year, with fewer impediments from snow and inclement weather.
At the moment no motor racing is planned for the Nevadaring—or should that be the Vegaschliefe—it would be used mostly for manufacturer testing, although it would also be open to the public much like Touristenfahrten days. But, if it does get built, you’d have to think it would only be a matter of time before competition took place.
So, what do you reckon, could this work?