2018 Schedule of Events and General Racing Information

2018 Schedule of Events and General Racing Information

The Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC), in Onawa, Iowa released today the 2018 schedule of events and general racing information. The season will get underway in May and continue through most of October. “We are excited to put a great schedule of events together for the first season of racing at the new complex,” said Scott Gardner of Gardner Race Track Consultants. The schedule includes several major and special events including two feature show events; The Grand Opening Extravaganza, June 9 and an Evening of Eruption on August 5….

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Work Continues Into The Winter

Work Continues Into The Winter

An anticipation of opening in the spring of 2018 Mild winter conditions have allowed crews to continue to work at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC) in preparation for opening the spring of 2018. Work is being done in several areas but primarily in the areas of trenching and wiring for both high and low voltage systems. Additionally, the concrete walls along the track are now finished with the rebar and concrete cap now completed. “The place is coming together,” said Scott Gardner of Gardner Race Track Consultants. “It…

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WORK CONTINUES FOR 2018 OPENING

WORK CONTINUES FOR 2018 OPENING

Work continues at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC) in preparation for a 2018 opening. “While the temperatures have dropped we continue to work on various facility projects to get as much completed as we can before the snow hits,” said Scott Gardner of Gardner Race Track Consultants. Last week, the track was measured, squared and accurately marked out for the installation of the timing system. Additional work is also scheduled including underground boring, concrete work for select wall sections and low and high voltage work in preparation for…

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Big Open House Kicks Off New Era At OREC

Big Open House Kicks Off New Era At OREC

The Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC) in Onawa, Iowa held an open house on Saturday, October 14 to a packed crowd of enthusiast racers and fans. “With over 500 people in attendance we gave out more than 200 racer surveys as we continue to measure the pulse of the racers,” said Scott Gardner of Gardner Race Track Consultants. “That information will be used to develop the class structure and programs that will be announced early this winter so the racers and fans can plan ahead for the 2018 season”…

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Extreme Wet Conditions Force Cancellation of Racing at Open House

Extreme Wet Conditions Force Cancellation of Racing at Open House

EXTREME WET CONDITIONS FORCE CANCELLATION OF RACING DURING THE OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY AT OREC With multiple inches of rain falling over the last 10 days on the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC), officials have been forced to cancel the racing portion of the Open House planned for this Saturday, October 14. “It surely wasn’t our intent to have to cancel racing and we are disappointed we had to,” said Scott Gardner of Gardner Race Track Consultants. “However with the facility still under construction, the immense rainfall has made…

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Event Set For Saturday, October 14

Event Set For Saturday, October 14

Officials of the Onawa Racing and Events Complex in Onawa, Iowa announced the details of the open house today. The event will be Saturday, October 14 at the facility and will include street vehicle fun runs. “We want the public to see the construction progress that has been made while allowing street-legal cars, trucks, and bikes to make runs down the track,” said Scott Gardner of Gardner Race Track Consulting. Progress has been made in a variety of areas including the installation of the safety wall, the finish work on…

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GREAT FALL WEATHER HELPS IN GETTING WORK COMPLETED

GREAT FALL WEATHER HELPS IN GETTING WORK COMPLETED

OREC CONSTRUCTION UPDATE The great fall weather the week of September 17 allowed for continued construction on the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC). The facility in Onawa, Iowa is expected to open in 2018 with a full schedule of events. “This week’s progress has been made in several important areas,” mentioned Scott Gardner from Gardner Race Track Consultants. The race track surface is getting the final grind and polish work completed to have one of the flattest and finest professional finishes in drag racing. In addition, asphalt millings are…

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Paving, Paving, & More Paving

Paving, Paving, & More Paving

OREC TAKING SHAPE   The week of September 10th has been a busy one as multiple projects have been underway at the Onawa Race and Events Complex (OREC, Onawa, IA). Projects included work inside the events center (bathrooms, concessions, offices, etc.), additional concrete barrier wall installation on the dragstrip, assembly of a grandstand seating section and preparation and paving of the pit roadway, return roads and staging lanes. “We are taking full advantage of the dry weather and getting a lot of work underway or completed,” said Scott Gardner of…

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IT’S STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A REAL RACE TRACK

IT’S STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A REAL RACE TRACK

Phase one of the installation of the track safety wall is well underway at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC). The wall is being placed on the outer edge of the of the concrete race surface to meet the standard set for drag racing tracks. The OREC race surface will be 56′ wide from wall to wall. “Once all the wall is moved properly in place; re-bar will be installed to the top with a concrete capped poured to provide additional horizontal strength while increasing the height to 30 inches…

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WORK IS REVVING UP AT OREC

WORK IS REVVING UP AT OREC

Progress is being made at the site of the future Onawa Racing and Events Complex. Work crews descended onto the complex preparing the main pit roadway for upcoming action as other projects get underway. “We are 100% in go mode and have multiple crews working on a variety projects,” said GRTC’s Scott Gardner. “Our goal is to have many projects going at the same time and get everything we can done before winter hits” he continued.   The Onawa Racing and Events Complex is the brainchild of the city officials…

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