Drivers, start your engines. And cinch up those diapers. After years of anticipation, controversy, and countless sticks of dynamite blasted into the side of a sheer granite mountain, Palmer Motorsports Park has arrived. This 2.3 mile asphalt road course in Massachusetts is a no-compromise thrill ride featuring 14 turns and over 18 stories of elevation change up Whiskey Hill. It was designed by racers – confident ones, evidently. Where you might expect to see runoff or gravel traps in the high speed sections there are none; just jagged, freshly blasted granite walls around every corner to greet any lapse in concentration. It’s a very serious track.
I was lucky enough to be at Palmer for the first official green flag event in the track’s history: the American Endurance Racing series. As the AER photographer, I desperately wanted to see this new track from the inside of the car the moment I arrived. So during an early practice session, I jumped into the passenger seat of a bitchin’ track prepped BMW M3 and AER racer Eric Elezovic gave me a taste of what they’re brewing over on Whiskey Hill.