WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Track owner Richard Mace has the perfect way to describe his RM Motorsports Park. He has given the new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) member track the tagline, “The Working Man’s Track.”
Mace is more than words, however, he’s a man of action. Scheduled to open two weekends per month starting in April, Mace has some innovative ideas for Southeastern Georgia facility which features an 1/8-mile drag strip and sits on 138 pristine acres with lakes and plenty of great camping areas.
With the working man in mind, Mace bought a new computer system to send racers updates when a race is to be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather.
“Most people that race here have to travel and if they’re working, I don’t want them to miss work,” he said. “This is a working man’s race track.”
As a working man himself, Mace runs multiple businesses and understands people’s busy schedules. With that in mind, he is installing an on-site lift and an on-site speed shop at the track so the racers don’t have to leave the facility.
“If you get at the track and you’re having a problem, instead of jacking the car up and burning your hands, then we’ll work with you,” he said. “We’ll have some of the parts like batteries, spark plug wires and header gaskets to keep you racing. It’s a little travel to town to go get something, so we want people to stay racing.
“Not everybody travels with everything. I know racers are good to let others borrow stuff, but out there, it’s sometimes hard to get what you need.”
Mace has the firsthand experience as a second-generation drag racer who has set multiple national records. His father Glen is still rocketing down the track and winning races at 78 years old. The younger Mace first became acquainted with the RM Motorsports property as an IHRA racer. There, he immediately fell in love with the people and the facility.
Owning seven race cars, he first looked at the facility as a place to test his cars whenever he needed to. However with a down economy over the past decade shutting down a number of drag strips in South Georgia and North Florida, it created a demand for the track’s reopening.
“Once I got into it, there was a need for it where they’ve been street racing or outlaw racing,” Mace said. “The people around there wanted some kind of sanctioned-track to be open. I was just going to have it to test, but the community pushed me to open it.”
He’s excited to have his track be a part of the IHRA Summit SuperSeries program, the largest and most prestigious national championship in bracket racing. One weekend per month, the track plans to host a Saturday points race preceded by a Friday Gambler’s race.
Mace looks forward to seeing a RM Motorsports Park driver win the big prize as an IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Champion.
“My goal is to have one of my guys, a working man like a house painter win that $20,000. That is my ultimate goal as a track operator,” he said. “Everyone is asking if I’m going to race. No for the first time, I’m not. I’m going to stand by and help all my guys achieve their goals.”
Click here to visit the RM Motorsports Park Facebook page.
For a list of IHRA member track click here.