10.08.2020

Club Spring Mountain News - October 2020

Club Spring Mountain News - October 2020

Your Desert Paradise Awaits

Drive Your COVID Blues Away on the Andretti "C" This Month

01-lineupIf you’re thinking of an adrenaline boost as the perfect antidote to the COVID blues, Club Spring Mountain's fast and furious race configurations are guaranteed to get your heart pumping. This month you will drive the Andretti “C” 4.0-mile course at the next Club race weekend October 16-18, the lightning-fast racing configuration for speed, agility and exhilaration.

Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club is the longest track in North America with over 6-miles of road course for your driving pleasure. A state-of-the-art motorsports country club, set in a beautiful mountain backdrop, Club Spring Mountain offers the perfect environment to mingle with like-minded people and relax after a long day of adrenaline filled racing.

02 vogtThis month we are happy to welcome new members Dave and Christi Vogt, from Salem, Oregon, to the Club. Dave has been involved in the asphalt paving industry for 32 years in various management positions. As an executive with Hooker Creek in Oregon, the company won awards every year under his management for the smoothest highway paved in the state. In 2010 Dave started his own company, 7 Peaks Paving, and in 2018 he founded Asphalt Consulting Management, with the goal of developing smooth, sustainable and durable asphalt pavement systems with innovative rehabilitation solutions. Dave has always been an innovator, leading the asphalt industry in the latest technologies. Recycling in the production of asphalt pavement has always been very important to Dave, and the product is the most recycled in the world! We are honored to have Dave’s expertise on the construction team for our newly paved 2.2-mile track, and for our 3-mile racetrack expansion next year.

The warm autumn weather is perfect for a visit this month, so what are you waiting for? Now is the time to drive your own private oasis in the desert. Call Elizabeth McGee, Director of Membership, today to schedule your visit to the Club. Contact Elizabeth via email clubcoordinator@racespringmountain.com, TOLL FREE at 800.391.6891 ext. 241, or by cell (702) 335-5450.


Facility Development Update

Spring Mountain (Finally) Listed on Federal Register for Racetrack Expansion

03 turtlesSlow and Steady Wins the Race.” After years of efforts by Spring Mountain representatives and governmental consultants, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service opened a 30-day public comment period on the proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for our racetrack expansion.

The move comes after Fish & Wildlife listed the Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan document on the Federal Register this week.

04 turtlesThe Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan involves the issuance of an Incidental Take Permit, the safe removal of any Mojave Desert Tortoises (a federally threatened species) on the property, construction of a tortoise exclosure fence and subsequent development including a 3-mile racetrack expansion at the north of the facility, flood management features, classrooms, parking area and a paved paddock. Time is of the essence as we would like to start construction on the new track this spring, after the tortoises come out of hibernation.

We invite our members to make written comments supporting this Habitat Conservation Plan prior to the deadline of November 2, 2020. To submit written comments, use this link. Or you can visit http://www.regulations.gov; search for and submit comments in Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0115.

We appreciate your support and look forward to embarking upon our northern racetrack expansion project.

05 signConstruction at Spring Mountain Estates, our luxury residential development at the facility with 80 home and mixed-use lots, is moving along with new lots being purchased, homes in progress on several parcels and more dwellings scheduled to be built this season. Brad and Wendy Rambo's house is now complete, and the extended family is looking forward to spending more time at the facility enjoying all the amenities the Club has to offer. To own your own parcel in Spring Mountain Estates, contact Mike Weeks, VP of Sales, at 949-235-7810.

06 pickleballThe newly constructed Pickleball Court has been a fun addition to the estates, and is already attracting groups of enthusiastic players. Designed as an amenity exclusively for property owners at Spring Mountain Estates, the latest improvement to the court will include a custom 1/4" Cushion Extreme Plus court surface, built by Dan Hanks of Cushion Tennis Courts. In 1999 Dan patented a cushion court surface that he invented in his garage in Bend, Oregon. Over the years he has built the Cushion Tennis Court and hard surface courts at well known clubs such as the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, Chelsea Pier, Match Point Club, Pickleball Zone, the U.S. Open, and now at Spring Mountain Estates. This month's race weekend will feature pro Raudel Barba from the U.S. Professional Pickleball Association, with more details listed about the event below.


Terry Goodkind: 1948-2020

Member, Best-Selling Author and Friend of the Club Dies at 72

07 terryAll of us at Spring Mountain were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend Terry Goodkind on September 17, 2020 at the age of 72. As a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of more than 30 novels with 26 million books sold worldwide, Terry was a frequent visitor to Spring Mountain with his beloved wife Jeri. The Club was Terry's personal playground where he escaped from the stresses of his work schedule and left his public image at the front gate.

08 terry radicalTerry was a Rahl Racing team owner who exercised his love for racing by competing in the Radical USA Cup and the SMMR Light Sport Racer Series. Terry loved visiting Spring Mountain with his wife and constant companion, Jeri and their dog, Zimmer, and he offered anyone who was willing a ride in his Radical SR8. When he was in the Spring Mountain Racing shop, Terry always made the mood lighter and more entertaining. He was much more than a club member, a racer, or even an author; he was a member of the family. There was no question of Terry’s true character and genuine love for his passions, from writing to racing, and everything in between.

In the words of Terry Goodkind himself: “Life is a gift each of us has been given. Each life is our own and no one else’s. It is precious beyond all counting. It is the greatest value we can have. Cherish it for what it truly is…Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it.” Terry, your passing is a huge loss for your Spring Mountain family, and you will be deeply missed by all of us.

Written by Ashlyn Ellis


Play Pickleball With the Pro

Learn More About the 'Fastest Growing Sport in America'

09 pickleball courtAs reported in last month's news, we have completed construction on a Pickleball Court at the entrance to Spring Mountain Estates, and we are pleased to welcome a new way for friends and family to have fun at Spring Mountain with this fast growing sport. Raudel Barba, Founder and Director of Coaching for the United States Professional Pickleball Association, as well as the California representative for the PPA Pro Pickleball Tour, will be visiting us during October’s race weekend to show anyone interested how the game works. Raudel has been playing and coaching Pickleball for ten years and will be sharing his knowledge with clinics available to anyone who wants to try their hand at this new and exciting game. Sessions will take place during our next race weekend, October 16-18, and we’re looking forward to all the fun that this new activity will bring!


Club Race Weekend - October 16-18

Don't Miss all the Fun and Excitement on the Andretti "C"

10 raceThe Spring Mountain 2020-21 Race Series, presented by Blue Marble Ultra-Premium Cocktails, Dakine and Vertra, continues this month on the Andretti "C" 4-mile race course. We had a great response for the first race weekend of the season and are expecting beautiful race conditions on the track with highs in the 80’s, lows in the 50's and sunny skies for October’s event. As a reminder, our new year of racing began last month and ends in June of 2021.

11 radicalYour weekend begins Thursday at 9:00 am with open track featuring Sports Cars at the top of the hour and Prototypes at the bottom of the hour. Lunch will be served in the Clubhouse and the track will be closed from 12:00-1:00 pm. Again from 1:00-4:00 pm open track will be available with Sports Cars at the top of the hour and Protytypes at the bottom of the hour. The bar will be open at 4:00 pm with a limited food menu served in the Clubhouse beginning at 5:00 pm.

12 racecarsFriday starts at 7:00 am with Race Day Registration and Tech Inspections, Mandatory Drivers meetings for Sports Cars at 7:30 am and Prototype (Radical and Wolf cars) at 8:00 am, followed by open sessions and qualifying for both categories. Track Maintenance is at 10:00 am, followed by Sports Car Time Attacks races, the Prototype Pregrid and the Prototype Race #1 at 11:30 am. The track will be closed from 12-1 (lunch will be served in the Clubhouse from 11:30-1:00 pm,) with the Sports Cars W2W Race at 1:30 pm. At 2 pm Track Maintenance and Pace Car Warm-up begins, followed by Prototype Pregrid and Prototype Race #2 at 2:45 pm. The track will be closed at 3:15 pm. The Bar is open at 4 pm, followed by Dinner in the Clubhouse at 6:30 pm.

13 radicalsSaturday's activities begin at 7:00 am with race day registration and tech inspections, followed by open sessions for Sports Car and Prototype categories. Track maintenance followed by the Sports Car Time Attacks races begin at 9:35 am, with track maintenance and Protytype pregrid at 11:10 am. The Protytype Race #3 starts at 11:30 am, with podium immediately following. The track will be closed from 12-12:50 pm, with lunch served from 11:30-1:00 pm. At 12:50 pm, the Sports Car W2W pregrid will be held followed by the Sports Car W2W race at 1:10 pm and podium immediately following. Beginning at 2:00 pm, 25-minute open sessions for Prototype and Sports Cars will be held until 4:00, after which the track will be closed for the day. The Bar will be open at 2:30 pm.

14 bluemarbleSunday begins at 9:00 am with open track featuring Sports Cars at the top of the hour and Prototypes at the bottom of the hour. Lunch will be served in the Clubhouse and the track will be closed from 12:00-1:00 pm. Again from 1:00-4:00 pm open track will be available with Sports Cars at the top of the hour and Prototypes at the bottom of the hour. At 4:00 pm the track will be closed.

Read the RACE HIGHLIGHTS from September's race weekend, including race results and points standings, produced by our awesome Marketing team.

View the photos from September's race weekend by Rhea Miller.

Looking forward to seeing all of our members this month!


Thank You for your Support

15 racersWe welcome your feedback and appreciate your comments and suggestions on how we can make your time at Club Spring Mountain more enjoyable. For more news, photos and information about upcoming events, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest developments.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth McGee, Membership Director. Contact Elizabeth by email clubcoordinator@racespringmountain.com, TOLL FREE at 800.391.6891 ext. 241, or by cell (702) 335-5450.

We'll See You at the Club!