Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 08:23 Written by Administrator Saturday, 28 August 2010 17:18
Kalaeloa Raceway Park is now open!
It's a fantastic day for Oahu motorsports enthusiasts! KRP is now officially authorized to begin running events! To set the record straight, we are a grassroots effort that will be running what we can on what we have available. Nothing is fully constructed yet, but we are well on our way. The facility will be constructed in phases with the first events consisting primarily dirt and mixed-terrain motorsports such as Sand/Mud Drags, Rally Cross, etc.
Our first Rallycross event will be held on Saturday, Sept 25th, with the first Sand Drag event the following day on Sunday, Sept 26th. Early in the month of October, there will be an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new 1/4th mile Dirt Oval. This is the first phase of the project.
The next phase will be the construction of the asphalt racing surfaces necessary to do drifting, autocross, go-karting, etc. For drag racers, we are working through the process in order to facilitate the construction of a drag strip...the best we can do at the moment will be a 60-footer test N' tune launch pad/burnout box, possibly more.
Drag racers, please be patient with us as we are doing our best to provide for you and we are working on some big plans for you. There will be much more to come...this is a very long term project, and although we cannot provide for everyone immediately, our eventual goal is to do just that. It will just take time, money, and most importantly, your support.
We would like to thank Leolani Kini, our rep for DHHL, whose support has been sorely appreciated. Thanks to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands for making this project a reality as well as our contacts at the City and State as well as the community organizations that have walked this journey with us.
It is with great pride and appreciation that I would like to thank my fellow KRP Project Members...George & Jeanette Grace Jr., Chris Messer, Tom Bryant, Koa, Keoki, Hungry (there's so many!)...basically ALL of the hard working Paradise Lua crew that are out there actually BUILDING the track, and every single person that has put forth the effort and support to making this day and this dream happen.
We would like to give special thanks and love to our wives for standing by us for the past three and a half years as we put our hearts and souls into this project. This is an unbelievable blessing...and something long overdue for our community of dedicated motorsports enthusiasts.
And finally, again, special thanks to George & Jeanette Grace Jr. Without their love, their dedication, and their "putting their money where their mouth is"...this simply wouldn't have become a reality.
If you are interested in how you can help, how you can support, or have any questions or comments, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahalo to all of you, thank you for your support, and see you at the races at KRP!
Michael J. Kitchens
Volunteer Track Coordinator/Public Relations