NOVEMBER 28, 2007

Former F1 man to help design California race track

Derek Daly, a regular Formula 1 driver in the early 1980s, has worked in recent years as a TV pundit and racing school owner, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He decided last year to launch a new business called Derek Daly Design, to design race tracks for customers across the United States, in partnership with Paxton Waters Architecture. Daly is already involved in two projects: the Riverside Motorsports Park which is planned in Merced, about 100 miles to the south-east of San Francisco, in California. Daly will work on the design of a 3.2-mile road course, which will be based on the layout of the original Riverside International Raceway, a track near Los Angeles which closed in 1988. Work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2008 and will include an oval speedway for stock car and open wheel racing, a drag strip, kart course, motocross course, dirt oval, two high-banked short-track ovals and an off-road course, in addition there will be a motorsport business park. Daly is also working on the development of a track at the Bluegrass Motorsports Club, which is to be built on 500-acres of land in northern Kentucky, one of a number of motorsport country clubs that are being built in the United States at the moment.