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New Jersey Motorsports Park is a road course "Motorsports Entertainment Complex" located in Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. It has hosted races since opening in 2008 and currently boasts a schedule including AMA Pro Road Racing, ARCA Racing Series, American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, SCCA events, and SCCA Pro Racing's Trans-Am Series.

New Jersey Motorsports Park
NJMP Thunderbolt.png NJMP Lightning.png
Thunderbolt (top) and Lightning (bottom) circuits
Location8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, Cumberland County New Jersey
Time zoneGMT-5
Coordinates39°21′32″N 75°03′42″W / 39.35897°N 75.061628°W / 39.35897; -75.061628
CapacityOpen seating without capacity limitation
Opened2008
Major eventsAMA Superbike Championship (2009–present)

ARCA Racing Series (2008–2016)

American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association 2013

SCCA (2008–present)

Trans-Am Series (2010, 2012, 2014–2017)

CCS (2010–present)

24 Hours of LeMons (2011–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.25 mi (3.62 km)
Turns14
Race lap record1:10.211 (Carl Skerlong, King Taco Pacific Coast Motorsports, 2008, Atlantic Championship[1])
Lightning Raceway
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.9 mi (3.06 km)
Turns10

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Current tracks and facilitiesEdit

Thunderbolt and Lightning RacewaysEdit

New Jersey Motorsports Park is located on 500 acres immediately adjacent to the Millville Municipal Airport, a location that was dedicated in 1941 as America's First Defense Airport, which played a key role in the country's World War II military efforts.

NJMP is one of only a handful of facilities in the world housing two circuits that can be operated simultaneously. The tracks both feature many elevation changes, along with lengthy front straightaways. One of the best known features of this course is a stretch on Thunderbolt Raceway known as "the Jersey devil."

The Park offers open seating which allows spectators to venture throughout the grounds. Grandstands are available in several locations, in addition to camping areas and on-site hotel and condominium accommodations. The facility includes a full-service bar and restaurant, The Finish Line Pub, located at the center of the property.

Go-Karting at New Jersey Motorsports ParkEdit

In addition to the two road courses, NJMP includes a 1.1-mile (1.8 km) karting facility called Tempest Raceway. Like the park itself, Tempest consists of two tracks that can be operated simultaneously. It hosts daily arrive-and-drive programs, and offers custom experiences for groups. The complex also hosts competition events sanctioned by various regional and national series.

In 2011 The Motorsports park declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, defaulting on its contracts with the City of Millville. (https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/new-jersey-motorsports-park-files-for-chapter-bankruptcy-protection/article_6971c9d2-492b-11e0-892b-001cc4c03286.html)

Millville Army Air FieldEdit

The Millville Army Air Field opened as a gunnery school for fighter pilots for the Republic P-47 “Thunderbolt” in 1941. During its four-year existence, about 1,500 pilots received advanced P-47 Thunderbolt fighter training here.

New Jersey Motorsports Park embraced this rich history by naming its marquee 2.25-mile racetrack “Thunderbolt Raceway.” The 1.9-mile road course – Lightning Raceway – is named after the P-38 Lightning, a World War II fighter aircraft.

The facility also carries the historical World War II theme by naming its track-side condominiums “The Villas at Breighton.” Breighton was the name of an allied airfield in Great Britain, where many of the Millville-trained P-47 pilots served during World War II.

Other ties to the World War II theme include the English Tudor design of the clubhouse, the Officers Club's Q-Hangar design that contains Cumberland County's largest banquet facility and the Timing Tower that resembles a World War II air traffic control tower. Upon visiting New Jersey Motorsports Park, you will also notice that NJMP safety and security vehicles are based on World War II MP Jeeps.

While building the various structures at New Jersey Motorsports Park, many World War II artifacts were found and collected for display at the Millville Army Air Field Museum, located on the opposite side of the Millville Airport. The Bore Site range, located just outside Thunderbolt Raceway Paddock was used by Thunderbolt pilots during training as a range to calibrate their machine guns.

Today, a P-47 Thunderbolt- No Guts, No Glory aircraft is based out of Millville Airport. It is one of only nine in the world still in working condition.

History of racing at New Jersey Motorsports ParkEdit

EventsEdit

NBC's Octane Academy held its east coast qualifier at the Park's 1.9-mile Lightning Raceway in January 2013.

RecordsEdit

New Jersey Motorsports Park's slowest hot lap was done in a Ferrari 458 Italia driven by automotive journalist Danny Korecki on the Lightning Circuit. Korecki drove the Ferrari 458 on three consecutive laps while going no faster than 25 miles per hour.

Pro racingEdit

Many renowned racing series have visited New Jersey Motorsports Park. The first was Grand-Am Road Racing's Rolex Sports Car Series in 2008, with Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson capturing the first-ever Thunderbolt trophies. The ARCA Racing Series and AMA Superbike Championship also joined the NJMP schedule, holding annual points-paying races at the Northeast facility. In 2010, SCCA Pro Racing's Trans-Am Series held its' first race at Thunderbolt Raceway and returned in 2012, and from 2014 on.

Other notable events include the "Devil in the Dark", a 12-hour endurance race put on by the South Jersey region of the SCCA. Regional and national sportscar and motorcycle clubs also hold hundreds of track-day events at the two circuits each season.

Race historyEdit

American SuperbikeEdit

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance
Laps Best Lap
2009 September 5   Josh Hayes Yamaha Motor Corp. Yamaha 23 1:21.979
2009 September 6   Josh Hayes Yamaha Motor Corp. Yamaha 23 1:21.287
2010 September 4   Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha 21 1:21.210
2010 September 5   Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha 23 1:21.242
2011 September 3   Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha 23 1:21.264
2011 September 4   Blake Young Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki 23 1:21.904
2012 September 8   Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha 23 1:20.737
2012 September 9   Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha 23 1:20.895
2013 September 14   Josh Herrin Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha 20 1.21.804
2013 September 15   Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha 23 1:20.716

NASCAR K&N Pro Series EastEdit

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance
Laps
2016 September 17   Noah Gragson Jefferson Pitts Racing Ford 55
2017 September 16   Will Rodgers Jefferson Pitts Racing Ford 55
2018 June 16   Will Rodgers Jefferson Pitts Racing Ford 55

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance
Laps
2008 September 28   Justin Allgaier Allgaier Motorsports Chevrolet 48
2009 September 13   Patrick Long Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 67
2010 August 15   Casey Roderick Bill Elliott Racing Dodge 67
2011 May 22   Andrew Ranger NDS Motorsports Dodge 67
2012 July 1   Andrew Ranger NDS Motorsports Dodge 67
2013 July 28   Andrew Ranger NDS Motorsports Dodge 67
2014 June 1   Andrew Ranger Dodge 67
2015 May 24   Kyle Weatherman Dodge 67
2016 May 28   Parker Kligerman Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 67

Rolex Sportscar SeriesEdit

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance
Laps
2008 August 31   Oswaldo Negri &   Mark Patterson Michael Shank Racing #60 Ford Riley 105
2009 May 3   Niclas Jönsson &   Ricardo Zonta Krohn Racing #76 Ford Lola 87
2010 August 18   Jon Fogarty &   Alex Gurney Bob Stallings Racing #99 Chevrolet Riley 116
2011 July 24   Scott Pruett &   Memo Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing #01 BMW Riley 117
2012 May 13   Max Angelelli &   Ricky Taylor Wayne Taylor Racing #10 Corvette DP 117

Trans Am SeriesEdit

Year Date Class Driver Team / Sponsor Manufacturer Race Distance /

Time Limit

2010 May 9 TA   Tomy Drissi Rocketsports Racing Jaguar 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
2012 July 1 TA   Amy Ruman Ruman Racing

McNichols Company

Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA2   Pete Halsmer CTEK Battery Chargers Motorstate / Allstar Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
2014 June 1 TA   Amy Ruman Ruman Racing

McNichols Company

Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 90 minutes
TA2   Cameron Lawrence Miller Racing

CTEK Battery Chargers / Northstar

Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 90 minutes
TA3 – International   Jason Berkeley BMG Management Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 90 minutes
TA3 – American   Ernie Francis Jr. Breathless Performance Racing Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 90 minutes
2015 June 14 TA   Amy Ruman Ruman Racing

McNichols Company

Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA2   Adam Andretti Engineered Components Company (ECC) Ford 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA3 – International   Andrew Aquilante Phoenix Performance / Hawk Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA3 – American   Ernie Francis Jr. Breathless Performance Racing Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
2016 June 12 TA   Paul Fix Stop Flex / The Car Coach / Classic Tube Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA2   Tony Buffomante Mike Cope Racing Ford 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA3   Andrew Aquilante Phoenix Performance / Hawk / Penske Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA4   Ernie Francis Jr. Breathless Performance Racing

Beta Tools / Liquid Performance

Ford 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA5   Tim Kezman Fall-Line Motorsports / Calypso Porsche 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
2017 October 8 TA   Ernie Francis Jr. Breathless Performance Racing

Beta Tools / Liquid Performance

Ford 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA2   Gar Robinson Robinson Racing

Pura Vida Tequila / 74 Ranch Resort

Chevrolet 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA3   Neal Walker Tullman Walker Racing Porsche 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes
TA4   Brian Kleeman DWW Motorsports Ford 101.25 miles / 45 laps / 75 minutes

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