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Prairie Hills Motorsports Club Announces Newton County Rezoning and Planned Unit Development Approval

On July 6th, Prairie Hills Motorsports Club received unanimous approval from the Newton County Commissioners for their requested rezoning and Planned Unit Development. Prairie Hills' partners will begin construction of the facility in August 2009.

Located a little over an hour South of Chicago, near the town of Lake Village in Newton County, Indiana, Prairie Hills will be a significant new resort destination for the motorsport enthusiast. An all-season destination of motorsport including an amphitheatre, a boutique hotel, an indoor water park, and a first of its kind snow making system, which will create a snowmobiling winter wonderland unlike any in the world for winter sports activity.

Prairie Hills will also be the site for the filming of the movie "Indianapolis 500: The Story Begins". Justin Escue - Director, Angelo Pizzo - Screenwriter, and Roger Brummett - Associate Producer are principles of My First Bike Productions and have selected the Prairie Hills Motorsports Club facility as the location for the actual driving sets for the movie.

Paxton Waters, world renowned motorsports and racing facility architect is in the final stages of designing the complete facility. His design will include a prominent hotel, conference center, restaurant, spa, retail space, garages, condominiums, karting track, and an amphitheater.

Derek Daly, well known race car driver and broadcast media personality, is completing the final design of the more than nine miles of road courses at the Prairie Hills facility. There will be multiple tracks configured for different driver skill sets. Features that will lend uniqueness to the tracks include corners modeled after world famous tracks, an over and under section on one track, along with Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) certification.

American Structurepoint, a well known Indiana building and construction firm, played an important role in obtaining the necessary Newton County approvals and will start construction work at the Prairie Hills site as soon as all permits are obtained. Prairie Hills CEO, Michael Krupka, considers this a major step in building The American Motorsports Club. "Our goal is to be ready with the Indy 500 movie set in May of 2010 with the Grand Opening of the rest of the facility to be held shortly thereafter".

Prairie Hills Partners with Pit Fit Training

Prairie Hills proudly announces partnership with PitFit Training, the leader in racing fitness. PitFit Training has stood for the most cutting-edge training programs for professional and amateur racers since they began working in motorsports in 1994. "It's a privilege to take this expertise to the exclusive membership at Prairie Hills, and enhance a facility that will exceed the expectations of the most demanding individual", says PitFit President Jim Leo.

"The driver human performance center at Prairie Hills Motorsports Club is second to none in the areas of driver-specific fitness equipment as well as overall training options. The staff at PitFit Training guides each driver through the same training programs as it uses with their world-class drivers, including the 2006 and 2007 Indianapolis 500 champions"

Training and diet programs are custom-designed to suit each specific need of the club member, whether to improve muscle strength or assistance in losing weight. Let the Prairie Hills PitFit staff take your overall and racing conditioning to the next level.

Stay tuned to the Prairie Hills Newsletter for monthly exercise and diet tips.

Membership enrollment continues to grow

Many of you took advantage of our pre-construction initiative which ended April 30. We welcome you all to Prairie Hills. For those of you who've waited, it's not too late to become a member. By applying prior to our opening, you can still take advantage of our initiation fee incentives as detailed below.

What do you get with your membership? Plenty - of track time that is. Our members will enjoy unlimited usage during member track time, along with world class dining, ultimate spa experience, and concierge level service, track access for your guests, networking opportunities, and reciprocity with private motorsport, city, and country clubs worldwide.

Don't miss out on your opportunity to become a member. Select from one of our three unique memberships; Platinum, Founder or Corporate. There is something for everyone. So why wait? Ground breaking begins soon and membership sales have already begun.

To apply for membership please submit your completed application and a 20% deposit of the initiation fee.

Member Spotlight- Kathryn George and Charles Kaiser

Chicago residents Kathryn George and Charles Kaiser recently became members. Kathryn is the driver in the family and the one with an almost obsessive passion for all things car and racing related. While she may have been a spirited street driver in her youth, she has been autocrossing and doing HPDEs for only the past 5 years and has been working hard at getting her skill level up to the point where she is just about ready to go wheel to wheel. She got her first taste of track driving at Gingerman with the Windy City BMW club in 2004 and was hooked. She has driven Grattan, Road America, Putnam, Autobahn Country Club, Firebird, Motorsport Ranch and Hallett to date. She is looking forward to trying out Blackhawk, VIR and Watkins Glen this year if she can get her car finished. In the off season she made the final decision to convert her track car to a dedicated racecar and is still in the process of stripping it in her garage. An accomplished autocrosser she has been giving Chicago area SCCA, TSSCC and BMWCCA members a run for their money in the ladies class, taking home the trophies more often than not and placing first or second in the year end standings for the last several years. Her collection of cars at present is limited to several BMWs but she insists that she likes all cars and sees some very non-BMWs in her not too distant future. Always thinking ahead, they recently purchased a home in nearby Rensselaer Indiana, to be closer to Prairie Hills Motorsport Club and to have a place for fellow trackophiles to visit. Both of them are enthusiastic about the club, and the challenges and excitement it will offer. They are looking forward to when the track will finally be ready to be driven and meeting the other members who share their love of the sport.

Prairie Hills Pro Driver Randy Pobst

Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2008) - After a caution-plagued but exciting race, Randy finished in second place at the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race in Long Beach, CA behind local favorite Brandon Davis. Randy qualified his #1 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 in second place behind Brandon Davis with a best lap time of 1:25.591. At the start, Randy grabbed the lead down the front straight but went off course momentarily in Turn One, almost wrecking the car. A yellow caution flag came out about the same time for a stalled car on the grid.

"I was running so hard that I ran wide in Turn One and skinned the tire wall. Luckily I didn't break anything. I was able to get back on track in sixth place but felt really bad for losing so many positions, especially on a street circuit where it�s hard to make up. When we went back to green I was able to pass three cars right away and, a few turns after, Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac to get back to second place in less than one lap which made me feel much better."

Randy was never able to overtake Davis again. Three more caution flags flew throughout the race for multiple minor incidents and stalled cars. The final caution fell on lap 26 when a car hit the Turn One wall, causing the race to end under yellow with Davis in first.

"Davis' Mustang had me covered. It was a hot rod that did everything right. Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac also gave me quite a race but with all the caution laps I was able to hold him off for second. My K-PAX/3R Porsche handled way better during the race than in practice. Engineer Will Moody made several adjustments and tweaks and boy did it work. Also, before the race I was able to study lots of Chasecam video which was very helpful. This was a great team effort and I am happy to finish second and hold the championship points lead. I would like to thank my personal sponsors Team Janica Racing, Prairie Hills Motorsport Club, Chasecam, and saferacer.com for their continued support."

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