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DIRT WURX USA completes successful build of the first-ever SX track in LA’s Dodger Stadium

Third-oldest baseball stadium in U.S.A. trusts DIRT WURX USA & Feld Motor Sports on its hallowed grounds for the very first dirt event in 48 years

MONROE, N.Y. (Jan. 24, 2011) – It’s one thing to bang out a supercross track at a fairground or on somebody’s back 40. But to be invited to construct a track on the hallowed ball field of LA’s beloved Dodgers – at the historic Dodger Stadium – is quite the honor … and one the caretakers of the stadium didn’t take lightly.img

DIRT WURX USA, designers and constructors of the premier Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, tracks is the only supercross track construction company in the world that Feld Motor Sports trusts to handle such a demanding job.

Rich Winkler of DIRT WURX USA explained that, even before the first load of dirt hit the floor that played home to Fernandomania (famed dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela) and the baseball games for the ’84 Summer Olympics, that extreme caution was used so as not to upset the natural flow of things within the long-standing neighborhood that surrounds Dodger Stadium.

“We actually had to move the dirt from off-site to the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, and stage it there before moving it onto the field,” said Winkler of the expensive and time-consuming practice called ‘double-handling.’ “This was done for a number of reasons, but primarily not to upset rush hour in the traffic-sensitive area and to insure we could get the quantity (of dirt) we needed in a timely fashion. Dumping it, then having to pick it all back up made for a lot more work, but looking back that was the best way to do it.”

Once the plastic and plywood were laid on the baseball field grass and infield dirt, the move-in began into the stadium built in 1963. “There was a lot of hand-wringing going on at first with the Dodger Stadium staff,” admitted Winkler. “But we were super careful and respectful of the status of this great stadium, and once we got things going and were all up to speed, the stadium’s staff warmed up to us and we were able to bring the track together on time and with zero issues.”

Unlike the newer MLB stadiums, Dodger Stadium – which is third behind Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field in terms of age – didn’t offer up the parameters DIRT WURX USA enjoys at other baseball-specific stadiums, including Anaheim’s (Calif.) Angels Stadium and Phoenix’s Chase Field. This would create some minor issues - which Winkler and the Feld crew were able to overcome - as they built the Dodger Stadium track in from the foul lines towards pitcher’s mound.

“Most baseball stadium are diamond shape, and more or less follow the foul lines from home plate out to the outfield wall,” explained Winkler. “At Dodger Stadium the angle of the stands is less than 90-degrees, which makes it way more narrow down the 1st and 3rd baselines. What this did was pinch the track together a bit, making it tough for us to get the 50-second lap times we are looking for. So we adjusted our design a bit and I’m confident we were able to pull things off.”

As for the dirt itself, Winkler says the Dodger Stadium race surface will consist of a top soil, loose loam and clay mix, considerably softer and more loamy than the clay-heavy Anaheim tracks. Ideal for racing, as long as the weather holds according to Winkler.

“We’d have had a mess on our hands if it’d have been raining,” he said. “But the weather looks great through the weekend, so race day conditions should be excellent.”

The design of the track will lend itself to a bit slower and more technical pace, with more places to pass and a bit less fast and flowy overall Phoenix,” said Winkler. “We’ve added a second whoop pad, built some bigger bowls and have a few more abrupt obstacles. We always try to make the first couple rounds a bit more forgiving to ease the riders back into the game, but the track at Dodger Stadium is headed back more towards a traditional supercross.”

Dirt Wurx USA - the premier SX/MX track design and construction company in the world – is the exclusive supercross race track design and construction firm for Live Nation and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. With more than 18 years of global experience in the field, Dirt Wurx USA’s highly talented crew of designers and heavy equipment specialists not only build the world’s most visible tracks, but are also accessible for affordable track design and construction at the local level. For more information, please visit www.dirtwurx.com


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