The “Build The Track!” movement has existed since 2004 and in only three words represents the longstanding goal to develop a true multi-venue motorsports facility after the closure of Hawaii Raceway Park in April 2006.
The phrase became the basis for the former Oahu Motorsports Advisory Council, a motorsports advisory group created from the remnants of the former event promoters and leadership of Hawaii Raceway park and chaired by Michael Kitchens. After its dissolution, Kitchens continued to promote the concept of returning motorsports to the island of Oahu.
Over a span of seventeen years, multiple large-scale shows, meetings with political figures, cruises, petitions, events and media releases dedicated to building a track have been managed and promoted by Michael with help from his fellow enthusiasts, friends and family.
Michael has committed countless hours and thousands of dollars of his own money to promote the need for a new facility. For these reasons, he is well known throughout the automotive community as a tireless advocate for the return of motorsports to the island of Oahu.
During this time, Michael has always considered himself a “cog in the machine”. Just one component doing its best to make the movement happen while helping other companies and developers to try and build their version of a motorsports facility.
Unfortunately, none of these projects were successful for various reasons and the island is still without a motorsports facility to call home.
Eventually, due to his years of advocacy, a moment presented itself to become something more than just a cog and after being given an opportunity to license a small property, Michael decided to take the reigns himself and “Build The Track”!
Officially, BTT, LLC (now BTT, Inc.) was formed in late 2018 to acquire the target property, and Michael has brought in well-established global firms and individual experts across the fields of planning, engineering, architecture and technology to work on the design and development of Circuit Hawaii, an FIA Grade 3 international motorsports and high-end leisure facility.
The project has progressed over the last 4 years with the appointment of specialist motorsports venue designers, Driven International, who were tasked with developing a comprehensive plan for Circuit Hawaii while also achieving pre certification from the FIA as a graded venue, the first ever of its kind for Hawaii.
There is now the opportunity to push the project to new heights by acquiring a larger property than our previous target site. This will allow BTT, Inc. to redevelop our project into a more viable, regenerative, sustainable, world class multi-use facility. We are knee deep in that process now.
As a former United States Air Force veteran, Michael fundamentally believes in the ethics of “Integrity first; Service before self; Excellence in all we do”. These core values are integral to BTT, and are the standards that we have set ourselves in creating Circuit Hawaii.
Under the banner of BTT, Inc., a group of long-time racing enthusiasts have joined together with Michael to bring Circuit Hawaii to life. Overall, these volunteers are dedicated to the construction of a new home for motorsports on Oahu. Each also has an extensive background and decades of experience relative to the motorsports field and community.
Some members of the team have years of experience in the development, construction, and operation of various facilities while others are well-versed in business law, project management, engineering and architectural design.
Combined, they bring a considerable amount of knowledge and expertise that will be vital to the development and construction of Circuit Hawaii.
More recently we have signed inaugural strategic partnerships with three world-leading sustainability technology organizations who will play a key role in putting Circuit Hawaii on the map as an example of best practice in the space.
BTT, Inc. is committed to regular and ongoing local stakeholder engagement and consultation on the development of Circuit Hawaii to ensure that it maximizes the significant positive economic regeneration and social impact benefits for the State: the community is a critical, integral part of our journey.
The motorsports community has waited 17 years for this moment. The time is now. We welcome you to join us on this new and exciting journey! Visit circuithawaii.com for more direct updates on the facility’s development!
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