New track construction begins on The Racer
With the demolition of the old and original track from the base of the first drop to the base of the turnaround completed, new track construction on The Racer roller coaster has begun.
Crews are currently putting steel channels in the valleys and will be installing new intermediate (bolster) bents at these locations. Many of the ledgers are now in place in what we’ll term as “the belly.”
When the work is completed, The Racer is going to ride like a baby coach!
Be sure to keep an eye on the Kings Island Blog as we continue to share construction updates on The Racer track work.
The Racer has been a mainstay at Kings Island since the park opened in 1972, and with good reason. In addition to being an important part of the roller coaster renaissance of the 1970’s, The Racer was the site of several world record-riding attempts and is notable for its appearance in the “Cincinnati Kids” episode of The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in 1973.
Since its debut April 29, 1972, The Racer has given more than 106 million rides – by far the most in park history! Its record year was 1976, when a Kings Island single-season attraction record 3,681,338 rides were given.