Coronary heart of Louisiana: Nola Motorsports

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – When you really feel the necessity for pace, a Jefferson Parish auto raceway is again in enterprise.

When Phil Daigrepont goes to work, he is in a rush, and he’ll hit speeds of almost 200 miles an hour.

Are you prepared? Yeah, let’s do it. Right here we go,” mentioned Daigrepont.

Daigrepont, an skilled race automobile driver, takes a high-speed spin across the Nola Motorsport monitor in Avondale.

Skilled race automobile driver Phil Daigrepont takes a high-speed spin across the Nola Motorsport monitor in Avondale.(Dave McNamara)

“Already over 100 miles an hour, 130 nearly. So that you need to go as extensive as you’ll be able to. And also you need to flip into the apex, which is the place the crimson and white traces are. You need to drift out just a little bit. That is one other apex proper up right here. You wanna take this apex proper right here and drift out once more,” mentioned Daigrepont.

The Avondale raceway has undergone a number of million {dollars} in repairs and upgrades as aggressive occasions return to the Jefferson Parish monitor.

Nola Motorsports supervisor David Tempo mentioned, “We’re a grade two licensed monitor, in order that, and that is an FIA score system that permits us to have something aside from components one right here. This one’s lots flatter, however one of many distinctive issues about this monitor is you do not lose sight of the automobiles. So you may see all of the turns, all of the automobiles, so that you’re by no means gonna lose sight of it.”

So what sort of speeds does he get on the monitor?

“I imply, a lot of the automobiles are most likely hitting about 180 coming down the entrance stretch,” mentioned Tempo.

A Jefferson Parish auto raceway is back in business.
A Jefferson Parish auto raceway is again in enterprise.(Dave McNamara)

And subsequent to the auto monitor is a revamped go-kart facility. Operators declare that is the quickest cart monitor within the south.

“Go-karting is clearly one thing right here that everyone takes benefit of the place you’ll be able to battle your finest pal. And see who’s acquired the bragging rights on the finish of the day,” mentioned Tempo.

And for extra skilled drivers who need increased speeds, Nola Motorsports will sometimes host occasions that enable amateurs to get on the large monitor.

Daigrepont was requested if he needs to provide just a little pattern of what it feels wish to be in a race.

Experienced race car driver Phil Daigrepont gives a sample of what it feels like to be in a race.
Skilled race automobile driver Phil Daigrepont offers a pattern of what it feels wish to be in a race.(Dave McNamara)

“I can roll. Okay. Prepared? Right here we go. Right here we go. Oh my goodness. You going proper now? Whoa. Okay. Can I get this flip actual simple? Flip right here. You need to break? You possibly can undoubtedly really feel this,” mentioned Daigrepont.

Not having to ask twice, Daigrepont pushes his automobile via high-speed turns, however he says, that is solely half the pace of an everyday race. That is him in a profitable run at a highway race in Atlanta 4 years in the past.

Race car driver Phil Daigrepont is shown in a winning run at a road race in Atlanta four years...
Race automobile driver Phil Daigrepont is proven in a profitable run at a highway race in Atlanta 4 years in the past.(Phil Daigrepont)

And right here at Avondale, they’re getting on top of things with a collection of races already deliberate for this 12 months at nola motorsports park.

There will likely be classic automobile racing at Nola Motorsports this Friday via Sunday. For extra data, click on right here.

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