By Ray Hamill — While it remains uncertain if the new Redwood Acres Raceway season will start as planned in early May, preparations are continuing full steam ahead for now.
The season-opening night is scheduled for May 2, but that remains up in the air due to the nation-wide shutdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis, while a scheduled practice session on April 16 is almost certainly going to be canceled.
The new board, however, remain confident there will be a season.
“We wouldn’t cancel the season,” board member Jim Redd said. “We would just cancel races as needed.”
At the very least, Redd is hoping to have the season under way by the middle of May, but admits there is a lot of uncertainty right now.
“You just don’t know,” he said.
For now, however, preparations for the new season remain on track, with a brand new state-of-the-art scoreboard scheduled to be installed in late April.
Work on the structure to hold the scoreboard in place will begin next week.
The scoreboard is one of the changes in store for the 2020 season after it was announced in late January that a group of local racers had come together to form Redwoods Acres Raceway LLC, a partnership that will promote and run the local track through a six-person board.
The new scoreboard, which will measure six feet by 20, will keep fans updated in real time on all pertinent information, including laps, fast times and current top five racers.
“We’re moving right along with that,” Redd said.
O & M Industries is donating the steel structure for the scoreboard and will be helping to install it.
This year, the iconic local raceway will also feature additional food vendors, including Dutch Brothers, as well as easier access to the vendors and shortened lines.
“We want to make it more customer friendly,” Redd said.
If any of this year’s races are canceled, they will not be rescheduled due to the commitments many of the drivers have with other racetracks throughout the season.