Story By: KRISTEN LESTOCK / NHMS – LOUDON, NH – Spring is in the air, which means “The Magic Mile” is set to drop the green flag on the 2019 season. With 192 scheduled events from April through October, track activity begins April 6 with car clubs, cycling groups, drifting and motorcycle racing. The on-track action really heats up when the Loudon Road Race Series kicks off intense competition April 27-28 for New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 33rd year of racing.
“Every year, all of us at the speedway count down the days until April,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Not only is winter over, but it means the on-track action is heating up, and we have so many exciting events for you to enjoy with your family. We’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones as well.”
The highlight of April will be when the Loudon Road Race Series squeals onto the 1.6-mile road course April 27-28 to kick off their seven-round series of championship cup series motorcycle racing. Over the years, LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels. Tickets start at just $5 for juniors (ages 12-17) and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Operations window at the Main Entrance at NHMS on the day of any LRRS event. Kids 11 and under are free with a paid adult. The ticket also includes entry to the MOAT Mountain Road Course Series, which features Legends cars racing on the road course in the morning before the motorcycles take over the track.
A strong commitment to rider training and development has contributed to the quality of the LRRS program. Penguin Roadracing School brings some of the most experienced coaches in the nation to NHMS to host classes for everyone from street riders to top pros before each LRRS event – this month, on April 26.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway serves as host for many other clubs and events throughout the season, including these clubs/events in April:
The White Mountain Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America will bring their Advanced Driving Skills School to NHMS on April 6 and their High Performance Driving School on April 20. These courses are designed to help drivers improve their driving skills and learn about car dynamics while combining classroom and on-track instruction in a closely supervised and controlled environment.
The Sunapee Racing Team will hold cycling events at the Speedway every Thursday from April 11 – September 12 (except July 18). Cyclists from all over New England participate in and promote the sport of competitive cycling with a keen emphasis on its long term viability and growth.
The North East Drift Co. is working to keep grassroots drifting fun and alive in New Hampshire. NEDCo is kicking off its first-ever season with its premiere event, Up In Smoke, at NHMS on April 20. Spectator wristbands are $20 and can be purchased at the Operations window at the Main Entrance at NHMS on the day of the event. NEDCo also offers ride alongs for free. Fire it up and get ready to make some smoke!
April 28 – May 2 will bring teams of top engineering students from all over the world to NHMS for the annual Formula Hybrid competition. Mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer scientists will combine their knowledge, skills and ability to work as a team under pressure to build the best hybrid and electric cars with the overall competition being an endurance race.
Improve your everyday driving skills such as smooth transitions, enhanced braking and skid correction at an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire on April 28. This event is an opportunity to test the handling ability of your car and your capability as a driver in a controlled environment with the assistance of qualified instructors.
Learn more about how your motorcycle works and how to make it do what you want, whether you’re on your way home in the rain or striving for your first podium finish, with Fishtail Riding School on April 29. They’ll be hosting both a Track Day and Slow Speed Riding School.