Bluegrass Motorsports Park
displays progress at open house

Track is on schedule for
opening in spring 2009, owners say

By Don Ward

Bluegrass Motorsports Map

GLENCOE, Ky. (November 2008) – Developers of a unique private auto racing club in the rural hills of Gallatin County say they are on track for a spring 2009 opening and held an open house Oct. 18 to show off their progress.
More than 200 people attended the two-hour event, which included a cookout and tours of the construction site that will soon become the Bluegrass Motorsports Park. President Brad Poppell of Cincinnati and his team of investors hosted the event at the site, located a few miles off I-71 at the Glencoe, Ky., exit. Visitors were treated to auto tours of the yet-unpaved road course and horse rides on trails throughout the site. The developers held a groundbreaking event earlier this year. After a brief slowdown, work now to pave the 3.65 miles of asphalt road course is in full gear, according to Poppell and Operations Director Andy Vertrees. Buckner, Ky., resident Vertrees previously worked as Director of Operations at the Kentucky Speedway, located just a few miles away.

Brad Poppel

Photo by Don Ward

Brad Poppel (center), president
of Bluegrass Motorsports Park,
greets visitors Oct. 18 as they tour
the site near Glencoe, Ky.

“The good news is that despite the economy, the response to Bluegrass has been awesome, and we are still keeping our commitment to bring you this Derek Daly Signature Course,” Poppell said in a statement. “This open house is a great opportunity to stop the talking and show you what hard work and teamwork creates.
Since the groundbreaking, the developers have changed the name from Bluegrass Motorsports Club to Bluegrass Motorsports Park in an effort to more accurately reflect the long-term vision of the project, the developers say.
“We believe this project will create a successful and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators alike,” Poppell said.

Track Layout

The developers hope to complete paving of the track by the end of the year to allow the asphalt to cure over the winter in preparation for a grand opening in spring 2009. The Phase I track will be 2.5 miles long and feature six configurations. The longest course at the facility will be 3.54 miles long at full build-out. In its entirety, the track will encompass nine different race tracks offering 22 different configurations.


While the facility is a private membership club, it will be available for rent by non-members. Non-members will also be allowed to participate in driving schools. Developers are working to enlist many sanctioning bodies and clubs to host events and bring professional racing series to the track. Two events already are being planned for the track’s inaugural season in 2009: the “OktoberFast,” produced by the German Touring Sportscar Challenge National Championship Race; and the One Lap of America. The GTS is an all German car series featuring the best in Deutsche engineering (BMW, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagon and Mercedes-Benz).
In addition to auto racing, the facility will offer nature and horseback riding trails and an elaborate clubhouse.


Membership is available at two levels: the Team and Associate memberships. Each one has an initiation fee and annual dues. The Team membership requires a $9,900 initiation fee and $3,200 in annual dues. Associate membership requires a $4,900 initiation fee and $1,200 in annual dues. All dues will be held in escrow and will not be applied until the club opens for operation.

• For information about membership, call 1-888-50.TRACK or visit: www.DriveBluegrass.com.

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