Mud racing track plans to open in St. Rose in Sept.
Vehicles like the one above, driven by Larry D’Antoni, will be on display at the St. Rose race track.
A new mud racing track in St. Rose should be open in mid-September if construction stays on track.
Larry D'Antoni, part-owner of the Big Easy Off Road Track, said the first race is tentatively scheduled for the second Saturday in September.
“In a perfect world, everything will work out,” D'Antoni said. “The second week in September is what we're shooting for…but going through the (Parish) Council and the red tape of having to do business, it took us a little longer to get things moving.”
The track will host a wide variety of vehicle races, including street class trucks, professional stock cars, super modified vehicles, 4-wheelers, drag cars and more.
“It's really remarkable - anybody who comes off the street can run there as long as they're over 16 years old,” D'Antoni said.
D'Antoni said he thinks the races will be a great way for locals to spend a Saturday night.
“It'll be cheaper to go out there and watch these cars than to go to the movies,” he said. “It's a lot of fun - kid friendly, mother approved. It's going to be awesome.”
The track is located at 10390 Airline Drive, about 1,500 feet back from the road and 2,300 feet south of the hurricane protection levee.
The 50-acre property will house a 200-foot-long track and a tailgating area for spectators. D'Antoni said guard rails for the spectator area are being put up in the coming week.
The business is in Councilman Larry Cochran's district and he said he has no problems with it.
“We first started working on this in January…my first concern was noise,” Cochran said. “We went with decimal meters in those adjacent neighborhoods - there were no noticeable levels from them running the type of cars they are going to be running.
“We couldn’t even register the noise from the trucks because of the passing traffic on Airline Highway.”
Another concern that council members brought up was dirt being tracked onto Airline Highway from the facility, but D'Antoni said that the business will take precautions to make sure that does not happen. The track will have a grass parking area for spectator cars as well as limestone driveways for competitors to use which he hopes will cut down on dust. All cars that compete will enter and exit the area in trailers. D'Antoni said there will also be additional safety measures, such as a deputy to control traffic on race nights and gates to lock the facility up when the business is closed.
D'Antoni said that he and partner Brian Driskill came up with the idea to open a racing track when they saw the property go up for sale.
“We had some people championing this project - the buzz is very positive,” D'Antoni said. “About 50 racecar drivers have already started asking me about it from Texas, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.
“I think a lot of people locally will be happy about it and it'll bring some out-of-state people as well…This will give them a nice venue to go out and try their trucks, cars and bikes - whatever they want to do.”
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