New Race Track Outside Boston is a Potential Hidden Gem
For anyone living in the greater Boston area, if you wanted to take part in racing on a dedicated road course (and not either a drag strip or a track that double-duties as a stop on the NASCAR circuit), your choices are limited. Typically you’d have to make the three-and-a-half hour trek to Lime Rock Park in a remote corner of Connecticut. It appears there is now a closer option. Palmer, Massachusetts is a two-hour drive on the Mass. Pike and is home to the recently opened Palmer Motorsports Park. It is a place whose existence has snuck by under our radar...until now. We won’t be making that mistake again. RELATED: Our Top Five All-American Race Tracks
The centerpiece of Palmer Motorsports Park is a 2.3-mile road course that features 15 turns and more than 18 stories in elevation changes. Carved into the hillside of the granite-rich central-Mass countryside, it is sure to provide dramatic views as you carve up turns on one of the track’s many track days planned for the 2016 race season.
According to Hemmings, the track first opened in May of this year, and featured both driving schools and racing events, but 2016 is shaping up to be a big one with many events planned and even track expansions in the coming years. The first addition to the facility will be a paddock/garage area coming in the spring of next year. Beyond that a dramatic complex (image below) is planned, which will entice any gear head to make the trek to Palmer, MA.
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The track has support from many enthusiast groups, including Porsche Club of America, One Lap of America, and the BMW Car Club of America. It is kind of a small miracle that such a track exists in the state that nearly invented the term “Not in My Back Yard.” But its location in a relatively remote section of central Mass. hopefully spells continued growth for the Palmer Motorsports Park for years to come.
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Image Credits: Palmer Motorsports Park