Glen Helen vs MX Sports/DC . . . and the birth of the 2010 Pala National.
– MX Sports wanted better entry/exit access to lessen traffic congestion
> Glen Helen created two points of entry & exit, one with free parking for spectators.
– MX Sports wanted to charge an extra fee for spectator pit access with limited hours.
> Glen Helen want to have FREE pit access for everyone – ALL DAY
– MX Sports wanted new facilities built at Glen Helen to host the 2010 national. New media building with bathrooms.
> Glen Helen wanted a multi-year commitment from MX Sports so they could justify the cost of new facilities.
– MX Sports offered them 1 year, with no commitment for a second year.
> Glen Helen said no, they couldn’t spread out the cost of the new demands in one year, and at such short notice.
Keep in mind that the 2010 MX national schedule was already published and Glen Helen was suppose to host a national that year. Glen Helen called MX Sports’ bluff by declining to host the national because lack of loyalty and the bad business deal. (Glen Helen would later go on and host the 2010 USGP that year instead of the national).
At the same time MX Sports was in dual-negotiation with Pala Raceway, behind Glen Helen’s back, to host the 2011 National that MX Sports was about to take away from Glen Helen after 2010 season. Once Glen Helen said no to the 2010 offer, MX Sports was left scrambling to reschedule the national series and to get the Pala Raceway done early to host the 2010 finale to save face. These last minute planning and preparations to host a national caliber race on an empty plot of land within a few months is what lead to the “Great Pala Traffic Jam of 2010.” The race track was OK, only because it was a semi-long track that was spread out.
Gotta give MX Sports/DC credit, they pulled their nuts out of the fire by getting the Pala national off the ground and in the record books in 2010.
Funny how history repeats itself . . . This years Elsinore national track began building on Aug. 29,
just 10 days away from hosting a national caliber event that will decide the 250 championship (Go Baggett).
Side note – Only supercross tracks are built this way, in this short of a time frame.
Important note about Elsinore, there is only one entry / exit road to Elsinore raceway . . . gotta love all that traffic exhaust. Let’s hope no big traffic jams this year . . . ?
Lets face it, MX Sports/DC think that So Cal can only have a supercross style track because all the real motocross tracks, don’t ya know, are on the eastern side of the country. MX Sports / DC / RacerX are very east coast centric in their thinking and the last place they want to go back to is Glen Helen. They will probably try to host the 2014 national over at Marty Smith’s new mx track before they ask Glen Helen to host another race. (No offense Marty, at least your track has full grown trees).
Race On . . .