With just one week left until Christmas, Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Talladega Superspeedway to see the progress of the new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel construction site. Santa, along with Mrs. Claus, met with Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch to get an up-close look at the tunnel, which is the first development of the 2019Transformation Infield Project. Santa gave the project a jolly thumbs up.
Concrete continues to be poured for the tunnel slab (nearing the infield entry/exit access) while in some places crews have begun work on the framework and rebar for the tunnel walls. Oxford, AL’s Taylor Corporation is spearheading the tunnel construction effort.
The Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, which is scheduled for completion in time for the track’s April 26-28, 2019 spring motorsports tripleheader weekend featuring the GEICO 500, is the initial part of the approximately $50 million Transformation Infield Project that is part of International Speedway Corporation’s (Talladega’s parent company) long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The new two-lane tunnel will be capable of allowing vehicles as large as race team haulers, fans’ recreational vehicles as well as track tram vehicles (to take fans who have both infield admission and grandstand seating) to enter and exit the track simultaneously with ease. It will be open 24 hours during event weekends. Also slated to be ready for spring 2019 is the 67-spot Finish Line Premium RV area (located just past the start-finish line & includes full hookups), as well as new Infield Shower Trailers.
The culmination of Transformation will occur in October 2019 and will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR with a one-of-a-kind Garage Fan Zone Experience, which will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.
Fans can learn more about the project and view the progress 24/7 via the construction cam by visitingwww.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.