July 10, 2005
Always wanted to see if your car can out-race a cop? Colorado State Patrol troopers give those interested in drag racing a chance to do just that most Wednesdays at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. Bandimere is one of the two closest outlets for Colorado Springs race enthusiasts to get their fix without running afoul of the law. Pueblo Motorsports Park is the other. While an effort is under way to create a car-racing venue east of Colorado Springs, that plan remains in the fledgling stage — without a firm location or even financial support. Here are the alternatives: Bandimere features “Take it to the Track,” by the Alive at 25 education program, most Wednesdays from April through October. It takes about 60 to 75 minutes to get there from Colorado Springs. “If anyone understands the adrenaline of going fast, it’s a state trooper,” said Technician Don Moseman. “But there’s a time and place for it. One-hundred miles per hour on a city street or interstate: You can’t control that environment, and that’s where bad things happen.” Moseman said that anytime troopers stop typical street racing cars — such as Honda Civics, Chevy Cameros, Pontiac Trans Ams, Toyota Supras, Ford Mustangs, Mitsubishi Eclipses and Subaru WRXs —they hand drivers fliers with information about “Take it to the Track.” “We were able to track it last year, and there were about 25,000 to 35,000 trips down the track,” Moseman said. To the south, Pueblo Motorsports Park has run a “Friday Night Drags” for more than 20 years from mid-May to mid-August. General Manager Jay Gilman said the park has added a “Street Legal Drags” program every other Wednesday. “They can run their brains out,” Gilman said. “We’ve got two lanes set aside for grudge racing.” The park is about 40 to 50 minutes from Colorado Springs on the west side of Pueblo. OPTIONS - Bandimere Speedway, 3051 S. Rooney Road (just west of C-470 and the Morrison Road exit), Morrison. “Take it to the Track” program happens most Wednesdays, gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for spectators, and $30 for racers. Information: 1-303-697-6001, 1-800-664-8946 or www. bandimere.com - Pueblo Motorsports Park, 3733 N. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo. “Street Legal Drags,” every other Wednesday, cost is $4 to get in and $10 to race. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Information: 1-719-583-0907 or www.pueblo motorsportspark.com.