Club Spring Mountain News – September 2021

Club Spring Mountain News – September 2021

Cheers to a New Race Season

Living the Good Life at the Club

01 racingWelcome to a brand-new season at Club Spring Mountain, your luxury destination for living, racing and fun! Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club is more than just a racetrack; our ever-expanding facility has been designed with an active lifestyle in mind for you and your family. Our staff is standing by to ensure your experience at our desert paradise is effortless and memorable. Now is the time to visit…bring your guests to watch the action on the track, enjoy off-road adventures in the desert, relax in the Clubhouse, schedule a massage with Tina, lounge poolside or work out at the gym. There's something for everyone at the Club!

02 racingAfter a summer of development and high-performance driving schools at our 933-acre facility, we are ready for a full calendar of events, beginning with the Las Vegas Region Porsche Club on September 11-12. Club members are invited guests and will not have to pay fees for this event. The following weekend, our first Club Race weekend of the new season will be held on the Stewart “B” 2.9-mile course. You won't want to miss all the fun and competition this race weekend will bring!

03 racingPlease join us in welcoming the newest members of Club Spring Mountain….Russ Jerak, John Rains, Hondo & Kari Miller, and Vinnie Mitz. We are looking forward to seeing our new members on the track and at the Club! Attention Club Members: if you refer a new member to us at Club Spring Mountain, you will receive a credit for half your annual dues for each person you recommend.

04 race startGet ready for the first race of the 2021-2022 season, September 17-18! Elizabeth and Samantha have some exciting events planned, so please let us know you will be here by filling out the RSVP form or by logging on to the FREE Mobile Club Spring Mountain App.

Summer is over and we have officially returned to our normal hours of 9 am to 4 pm, with lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm. We wish all of our valued members a safe and happy fall season, and hope to see you at the track!

Facility Development Update

Track Expansion Project and SM Estates News

05 springmountain trackThe Northern Track Expansion Project, located on a 230-acre parcel of property north of the facility, made significant progress during the summer. Plans include a 3.24-mile track extension, a new paddock area, new entrances, an interior road connecting the new property with the original facility, and a kart track. The track is currently being graded with rough grading expected to be completed next week, followed by fine grading. Paving is scheduled for October 11. The Development agreement was approved for the entire property, and renderings of the new buildings will be available soon. After the new track is built, the length of the longest configuration at Spring Mountain will be 9.13 miles.

06 race lineupThe original design for our new track was developed by Simon Payne, who offers an abundance of motorsports experience, design expertise and attention to detail. We are proud to announce that joining the team is world-class race track designer and safety coordinator Martyn Thake, who has analyzed the layout of our new course to seek certification for FIA Level 3 status. Martyn’s company, Motorsports Consulting Services, has 30 years of experience designing and certifying racetracks for Indy Car and IMSA/ALMS. They have lent their expertise to more than 100 different race venues and events. With Motorsports Consulting Services and AMS Asphalt Material Services on our team, we are working with some of the finest consultants in the racing business.

Spring Mountain Estates, our luxury residential development at the facility with 80 home and mixed-use lots, continues to evolve with more members planning and building their own homes at the track. John and Katy Morris are currently building their next home with construction in the framing stages In addition, Club members Benn and Marly Godenzi recently acquired 20 parcels in the Estates for developing trackside homes in the near future. Russ Meads also reports 3 new construction starts this month and 2 more homes to begin this season.

To own your own parcel in Spring Mountain Estates, contact Mike Weeks, VP Sales, via email mike@racespringmountain.comor by phone at 949-235-7810.

Paving Solutions Briefing

Partnership with Leading Track Asphalt Firm Announced

07 pavingDespite our best efforts, our initial repaving project on the north/south track during the COVID-19 shut down did not go as planned. The course was milled and resurfaced a second time, but structural issues caused the asphalt to blemish at some of the corners. We attempted patching the corners to eliminate lifting, which caused grip issues and frustration for everyone, including our valued members. We understand the impact this has had on your driving experiences, and apologize for any inconvenience.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel…Bryan Wulfenstein, of Wulfenstein Construction08 construction, and Russ Meads, of Double M Construction, have made diligent efforts to correct this issue; not only for the north/south course, but to ensure the new track addition is perfect from the start. Our partner in this endeavor is AMS-Asphalt Material Services, with a strong pedigree of successful track installations in both oval and road course applications, from Talladega and Daytona to Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta and VIR.

The base layer of asphalt for the new track will begin October 11 and then the crew will shift their focus to the north/south course the week of October 18-22. A specific blend recommended by AMS will be milled and resurfaced, and representatives of the firm will be on site with their lab to monitor/test all aspects of the production for quality control.

After the north/south course is finished, the 3.24-mile track expansion project will be completed. We have every confidence in the success of our paving endeavors as we partner with the best consultants in the racing industry. Thank you for your continued support.

Meet Samantha Harris

Our New Club Coordinator is at your Service

09 samanthaWe are pleased to welcome Samantha Harris as our new Club Coordinator. Samantha will be assisting Elizabeth in all details of Club events so she can focus more on new membership and special events for members.

Samantha started with Spring Mountain in 2014 at our 10-year anniversary party, where she signed in guests for the event. Climbing the ladder quickly, Sam first helped operate the tunnel for Track Events on the weekends. In 2015 she was offered a part-time job in the Welcome Center, where she worked until she was hired as Marketing Coordinator in 2017. Two years later, Samantha began working in Corporate Events until she made the transition over to Club Spring Mountain with Elizabeth.

10 samantha hikesSamantha enjoys the family-like atmosphere at the Club, saying, “Before I worked in the Club, I worked primarily with the Performance Driving School side of Spring Mountain. The students are here for a few days and they leave. It’s been a nice change of pace to get to know and build relationships with the members. Now I am seeing Spring Mountain through different lenses.”

Samantha lived in Las Vegas until she was 12 and her family moved to Pahrump. She graduated from UNLV in 2016 with a BSBA in Marketing. Her older brother also lives in Pahrump with his family, and her mom and step-dad live in Massachusetts. Sam has a two-year-old German Shepard, Lola, who was adopted from the local pound about a year ago.

Samantha loves to hike, having conquered numerous trails in Mt Charleston, Death Valley and Red Rock. She recently purchased a home in Pahrump and enjoys teaching herself home improvement projects such as painting, rewiring a new chandelier for her dining room and removing cabinets in her kitchen. She remarks, “It is amazing how many things you can learn just from watching a YouTube video.”

Samantha has hiked to the peak of Mt. Charleston twice, which is not an easy task. “The hike is roughly 10 miles to the top and then 10 miles down, which is not just physically challenging, but mentally as well. Which, as we all know, is similar to the process of expanding our track. It is an indescribable feeling standing on the top of the Peak and I know this will be a momentous moment for everyone at Spring Mountain once the new track (Charleston Peak) is completed. So, I am secretly hoping that this is the name chosen.”

Club Filming Project

Monthly Video Highlights to Begin This Month, Starring YOU!

11 awards filmingAre you ready for your close-up? Beginning this month, and during each race weekend thereafter, our videographers will be filming all over the facility and capturing some of your best moments during the races.

Replacing the previous Race Highlights report, these monthly highlight videos will not only showcase your interactions with each other and your point standings, but will also give you the chance to tell us your impressions of the race during on-site interviews. With your permission, your in-car videos will also be used to assist with the creation of this recap. Get ready to show us your best lap times and your biggest smiles! You can also share these video recaps on your social media platforms. We are excited to relive these moments with you every month.

Club Race Weekend – September 17-18

Join us for the First Race of the Season on the Stewart "B" 2.9-Mile Course

12 race weekendThe Spring Mountain 2021-2022 Race Series, presented by Blue Marble Ultra-Premium Cocktails, Dakine and Vertra, begins this month on the Stewart "B" 2.9-mile race course. Join us for all the fun and festivities on opening weekend! Warm race conditions will carry the day, ranging from the high 90's to the mid 60’s with sunny skies above. Please be advised we are still adhering to our health and safety practices and limiting the number of people in the Clubhouse so pay close attention to the posted schedule while you are on the property as it is subject to change.

13 awardsYour 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 opens at 4 pm with a limited menu served from 5-7 pm in the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse closes at 8 pm.

14 awardsFriday 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 7:50 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 for Sports Car drivers from 11:15-12:00 pm and for Prototype drivers from 12:30-1:15 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 opens at 4 pm, and a tour of the new track will begin at 4:00. Appetizers will be served in the Clubhouse at 6:00 pm, and Dinner will be served from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

15 raceFriday Night Tour of the New Track! All Members are invited to tour the new 3.24-mile track on Friday, September 17. Join in the excitement of previewing our world-class track at the beginning stages of construction. Even if you’re not participating in the races, do let us know you’re coming, and advise us if you are staying for dinner. The terrain in the area is still somewhat rough, so we recommend driving an SUV or truck. For those without trucks or SUV’s, we will have Suburbans on hand for transportation. For your safety, please do not explore the new track areas without a member of the staff escorting you to the location. Please meet in the clubhouse no later than 5:00 pm for a brief update on the new track and then we’ll start the tour.

16 podiumSaturday'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 Prototype pregrid at 11:10 am. The Prototype 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 11:15-12:00 pm for Sports Car drivers and from 12:30-1:15 pm for Prototype drivers. 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. The Bar opens at 2:30 pm.

17 podiumSunday 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. At 4:00 pm the track will be closed.

For specific details about race weekend activities, visit the Club Spring Mountain Member App.

18 raceDuring June’s race weekend members battled the desert heat and went head-to-head in their final races of the 2020-2021 season on the Mansell (E) 3.2-mile course. We had 12 Prototype and 5 Sports Car drivers on track for epic racing to claim their championship titles as families and friends showed their support from the sidelines.

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

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

We are grateful to our Club Spring Mountain Race Series sponsors – Blue Marble Cocktails, Dakine, Vertra, and Michelin. Thank you sincerely for your support.

Looking forward to seeing all of our members this month!

2021-2022 Club Race Series Schedule

Mark Your Calendars For Race Season!

  • September 17-18
  • October 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-15
  • February 11-12
  • March TBD
  • April TBD
  • May TBD
  • June TBD

Official races will be held on Fridays and Saturdays. All dates are subject to change. We look forward to seeing you this season at the races!

Thanks for Your Support

19 thanksWe 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, or Samantha Harris, Club Coordinator. Contact Elizabeth by email elizabeth@racespringmountain.com, or by cell (702) 335-5450. Contact Samantha by email clubcoordinator@racespringmountain.com, or TOLL FREE at 800.391.6891 ext. 241.

We'll See You at the Club!

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