Drag racing facility to open under new name

Racing is expected to return to the Staddaco Race Way in June. (Photo adapted from ABDRA Facebook page)
Workmen carry out upgrades at the North Sound International Raceway as they finalise preparations for Sunday’s test day. (Photo courtesy ABDRA Facebook page
Workmen carry out upgrades at the North Sound International Raceway as they finalise preparations for Sunday’s test day. (Photo courtesy ABDRA Facebook page

The drag racing track located just east of Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, in North Sound, will open to a new turn and new name during a brief ceremony today.

The facility, previously called Stadaco Raceway by members of the drag racing fraternity, recently underwent major upgrades to the track and other areas, as the Antigua & Barbuda Drag Racing Association (ABDRA) seeks to bring it in line with internationally accepted standards.

President of ABDRA, Lisa Abraham, revealed the facility’s new name ahead of today’s ceremony.

“As you know, Stadaco was just a pet name that we have been using, but the raceway will get its official name; it will be called North Sound International Raceway. We all grew up hearing the area called North Sound, so we did a little poll and that is the name that was most favoured,” she said.

The facility, which Abraham says is 90 per cent complete, will shortly host a test day before its first official meet in August.

“The first full meet is slated for August 13 and 14, but next week Sunday we will have our first official test day. Drag racing is a sport that involves some level of skills and competencies, so from time to time the track is open and we schedule test days when people can go and practice their driving skills, test their cars and do tuning and so on,” the ABDRA president said.

“Persons within the association, within the sports drag racing fraternity that are not members of the association can also come and test for a fee.”

A number of cars from across the region, according to Abraham, are expected for the August meet along with their marquee event, Legendary Drags in October.

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