For Immediate Release: Weedsport, NY – Groundbreaking for phase 1 of the construction of the new state of the art Central New York Raceway Park (CNYRP) in Central Square, NY is set for the spring of 2012. The Central Square location is just 20 minutes from downtown Syracuse and less than 15 miles from Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport.
Phase 1 of the construction project includes a 2 mile road course, drag strip, and a half mile synthetic dirt track. Donnelly Partners LLC, led by Glen Donnelly and Sweeteners Plus CEO Carl Myers, have secured the funding for phase 1, and have already begun clearing the more than 140 acres in anticipation for the spring groundbreaking.
“I’m excited to be returning to the motorsports industry after having to be on the sideline due to my no-competition clause from the sale of DIRT Motorsports,” said Glenn Donnelly. “I’ve spent the last 2 years planning, and I believe the plan for Central New York Raceway Park will result in an innovative, entertaining, and profitable mutli-use facility.”
Glenn Donnelly, who owned and operated DIRT Motorsports from 1975 to 2005 making it at its time of sale a sanctioning body with more than 4,000 members and thirty two race tracks in the US and Canada, has assembled a group of experience investors to create Donnelly Partners LLC. Members include major motorsports backers Carl Myers, Robert Lutz, Todd Town, Tony Komuda Jr, Peter Mack, Derek Tarolli and Greg Kidd. “Our investors are our biggest assets. Highly involved, tremendously talented, and very successful business people committed to make CNYRP a financial success,” says Donnelly.
Along with an experienced group of investors, the New York State government and local government have been fully involved with the project. “We’ve worked closely with both the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency and Town of Hastings on acquiring the necessary permits and grants to move forward in the construction, said Donnelly. Phase 1 of the construction will generate 120 full time positions along with hundreds of positions the construction companies will need to fill to complete the project.”
CNYRP management team’s resume includes names from the top of the industry. John Lehmann, a former Assistant General Manger of Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel and Senior Operations Manager at Turning Stone Casino Resort, will work with Modular Space Corporation (Mod Space) in the construction and layout of all buildings. Event Merchandising, Inc. will work with sales and marketing. Heading up day to day operations will be Rick Martel Director of Racing Operations, Director of Facilities Mark Koleski, TV and Production Director Patrick Donnelly, Public Relations Josh Becker, voice of CNYRP Doug Logan, Road course designer and chief instructor Peter Argetsinger, and Gary Rowe will be the CPA for the company along with accountant supervisor Roamie Caruso. “We’ve assembled a team deep with experience, but most importantly we have a team that is passionate to make CNYRP a success,” says Donnelly.
With both the finance and management aspects of CNYRP sound, focus turns to phase 1 of construction. Phase 1 of the construction includes a 2 mile road course, drag strip, and a half mile synthetic dirt track. The 2 mile road course will encompass the more than 140 acres.
The road course will include a pit road with a 56 bay NASCAR style garage, and a 1/8th mile or 1/4 mile drag strip. Donnelly believes the road course and drag strip is a key to the success of CNYRP. “The only new tracks being built in the US are road courses,” says Donnelly.
“Both Watkins Glen and Monticello in New York State already have full schedules. From car clubs to national touring series to driving schools we are confident we will fill the 180 days we have set for operation.”
CNYRP already has commitments from NASCAR Racing Experience, Mario Andretti Racing School and the Skip Barber Racing School to fill dates at the road course. The half mile Synthetic dirt track will feature a
10,000 seat grandstand as well as VIP suites, a 300 seat buffet restaurant, and an upscale streak house style restaurant. The track surface will be covered by the new revolutionary SYNDI synthetic compound. The SYNDI Synthetic surface will eliminate dust, greatly reduce track maintenance costs and attract a larger female audience.
“The SYNDI surface will allow us to not only create a smooth and racy surface for the traditional dirt surface racing divisions, but also open the door for asphalt divisions to compete on the half mile,”
To highlight all the action at the facility, CNYRP will build a manned television studio on the premise. The studio will produce promotional and commercial spots for company sponsors and racetrack members, as well as have the capability to broadcast live events at the facility.
From the investor group to management to the layout of the facilities, Donnelly believes CNYRP is destined to become a success.
But most of all it s the support from businesses and the community that has Donnelly excited. “Every day I get calls from people who just want to know how to get involved. I’m motivated from the amount of support I’ve received to make CNYRP a success.”
For more information on CNYRP or Donnelly Partners LLC visit www.CNYRP.com or call 716-361-1552.
Donnelly Partners LLC is a Limited Liability Company comprised of a group of investors. Members included:
Glenn Donnelly – has over 35 years experience in dirt racing, owned and operated DIRT Motorsports from 1975 to 2005, introduced live television to dirt track racing.
Carl Myers – President and CEO of Sweeteners Plus, Owner of World of Outlaws Late Model and Super DIRTcar Series race cars Todd Town &Tony Komuda Jr. – President and Vice President of Town Mechanical Inc, in 2004 Town Mechanical purchased Carl Electric and became major provider of heating and air conditioner services, major sponsor of Syracuse’s Super DIRT Week.
Robert Lutz – CEO and President of NASCAR Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Driving School, founded Richard Petty Driving Experience with Richard Petty and ran day to day operations.
Peter Mack – second generation owner of Mack Studio in Auburn, NY, recently started Masterpiece Shutters, a member of Ferrari club series Derek Tarolli – President of DE Tarolli INC heavy construction company from Warners, NY Greg Kidd – managing partner of Pinnacle Investments, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority General Securities Principal and Municipal Securities Principal, Board member of the Onondaga County industrial Development Agency