Reserve Your Pit Spot

Reserve Your Pit Spot

Reserve your pit spot NOW for your home away from home while racing at Onawa, Iowa’s all-new racing facility! Two types to choose from: PREMIUM LOTS are approximately 20 x 130. These lots are closest to the staging lanes and the event center and if the racer wants to run electricity to their lot, at their own expense, that option will be available. There are only 10 of these lots available and you must own a minimum of 3 shares to be eligible to reserve. After May 15th we will…

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Ron and Darla Conner Named Managers of Onawa Racing and Events Complex

Ron and Darla Conner Named Managers of Onawa Racing and Events Complex

Familiar names to many Midwest racers have accepted management positions at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC), Onawa, Iowa. Ron and Darla Conner who have many years’ experience in drag racing operations will begin their new management positions effective immediately. “We are elated to have Ron and Darla as managers”, said OREC Vice President Phil Schroder, “they bring a lot experience and will operate the race track and events center on a daily basis.” The Conner’s have an extensive resume of drag racing event production and operations including many…

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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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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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Press Release

Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                                                              Contact 309-738-5472 Gardner Race Track Consultants to Begin Immediate Work on the Onawa Racing and Events Complex   Gardner Race Track Consultants (GRTC) has reached an agreement with the Onawa Racing and Events Complex (OREC) Board of Directors to begin immediate representation and consulting services. OREC is in Onawa, IA just off of Interstate 29 and is under construction as an IHRA one-eighth mile drag strip facility with an events center. GRTC has developed a comprehensive plan to pump adrenaline into the partially completed facility in…

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