Horsepower and speed will be taking over Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend. The newly renovated 5/8-mile will be hosting ground-pounding Modifieds and lightning fast Supermodifieds for the first time since the track’s closure in 2009.
Aside from a new name and fresh paint, Jukasa Motor Speedway— formally Cayuga Speedway— has undergone a complete infrastructural transformation that includes a new racing surface.
“It’s been around a year and a half project,” Alex Nagy, Jukasa’s General Manager told Speed51.com. “When we started, the track had been closed for over seven years. We ended up rebuilding the whole race track, from the outside wall and fence to everything inside, including the drainage and asphalt.”
With the major portion of the overhaul complete, Jukasa officials are ready to take on their biggest event to date since reopening the speedway’s doors last fall.
Two open-wheel divisions, both the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series and ISMA Super Modified Series, will be racing a combined total of 150 laps come Saturday.
“There’s a lot of uniqueness to this event,” Nagy said. “The fact that we’re debuting the Modifieds here and that there’s going to be Canadian and American competitors in both divisions -- it’s exciting for fans on each side of the border.”
And then of course, there’s the speed. The smooth, new blacktop combined with thick Modified slicks is a recipe for momentum that some drivers are already raving about from their test sessions.
“The speeds are going to be phenomenal,” Nagy said. “Some drivers are comparing it to the speeds that the Supers run at Oswego. Combine that with the stars that will be running, Johnny Benson from ISMA, Emerling and Hossfeld from RoC, it’s exciting.”
Jukasa officials are hoping that this event will be the first big step in reintegrating the speedway, along with all of its rich Modified history, back into the community of Nelles Corners, Ontario.
“Modifieds, a long time ago, were part of the fabric here,” Nagy said. “We’re anxious to bring all of that back to our fans and reestablish that type of car in the area. Everybody is behind us and really excited.”
Though Jukasa’s uncharted territory holds plenty of mystique for Modified fans and drivers alike, one thing is for certain: this weekend will be one for the books.
“The type of cars racing, the talent involved and the speeds they’ll be showing, it’s incredible,” Nagy said. “This weekend has just got people really pumped.”
Race fans that can’t visit Jukasa’s state-of-the-art facility on Saturday can watch both the RoC Modified and ISMA Supermodified Series features on Speed51.com’s Summer Thunder TV presented by PFC Brakes.
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-Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Gulf Coast Editor
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