PLATTSBURGH — The track is under construction today for the East Coast Snocross snowmobile races set for Saturday and Sunday at Airborne Speedway.
In 2011 and 2012, the competition took place on the grounds of the Crete Center Memorial Civic Center on Cumberland Head Corners.
Airborne promoter Mike Perrotte said they were excited to bring the first leg of East Coast’s Triple Crown Series to Airborne.
The new venue will allow for a much larger racecourse, he said. That will include large jumps on the track’s front and back stretches that could see sleds flying up to 60 feet.
The racecourse is being built from the accumulated snow, with plenty available, Perrotte said, should rain in the forecast make an attack on it before the weekend.
It also helps that Airborne has bleachers that can seat about 5,000 spectators, he said, which was one of the main reasons for moving from the Crete Center.
Airborne will have concession stands open for spectators.
Practice runs are scheduled for Friday.
Three races are scheduled during the competition: Pro, Pro-Lite and the Quebec-based Super Competition Motorsport Tour (SCM).
North Country Chamber of Commerce Group Marketing Specialist Kristy Kennedy said she thinks Airborne will make an excellent location for the event. East Coast Snocross (ECS) officials have been wonderful partners, she said.
Kennedy was getting phone calls from potential spectators well before the event was secured.
“I hope it’s something that will continue to grow,” she said.
The event in previous years proved to be a boost to the area’s economy, Perrotte said, adding that he is grateful for the support shown by the City of Plattsburgh in the past.
“The hotels and restaurants see a tremendous boost on the weekend when it is here,” he said.
East Coast Snocross co-owner and President Bob Roscoe said he is pleased Airborne agreed to host the event.
“I know Mike and his great staff at Airborne have been hosting and promoting races for a long time. They have strong ties with local media and a large core following of race fans,” he said in a press release.
“I also know we’ll have an impressive following of race fans. I also know we’ll have an impressive field of riders competing at Airborne from both ECS and SCM, so I hope folks make plans to attend what will definitively be one of our biggest events of the season.”
The admission price is lower this year, Perrotte said, $12 for adults. Cost is $5 for those ages 6 through 12, and the event is free for children age 5 or younger accompanied by a paying adult.
The gates open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with amateur races held throughout the morning and pro races starting at noon.
Perrotte thanked the event sponsors, which include Della Motor Sports, Econo Lodge, Liquor and Wine Warehouse, Morrisonville Septic Service, WOKO, KOOL, The Buzz, WIRY, Huntley’s Trucking and Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.
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