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.
Over a span of fifteen 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.
Throughout the years, he 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 a motorsports facility.
Eventually, due to his years of advocacy, an opportunity presented itself to become something more. After two and half years of hard work and due diligence, in July 2019, he acquired the lease to a large, privately owned parcel of suitable land located in Campbell Industrial Park thanks to the vested interest in the community by Par Hawaii, Inc.
Officially, BTT, LLC was formed in late 2018 by Michael to acquire the lease and to take on this task in a direct and responsible fashion. The company is now developing Circuit Hawaii – the future home of motorsports on Oahu and Hawaii.
Although BTT, LCC may be considered a new company, Michael has over a decade of experience in dealing with the local development, permitting, construction and operation of motorsports facilities thanks to his many efforts while working for others.
Under the banner of BTT, LLC, a group of long-time racing enthusiasts have joined together with Michael to bring Circuit Hawaii to life. Overall, the team consists primarily of volunteers who 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.
These members include Christopher Messer, Panos Prevedouros, Christopher Billete, Anders Nervell, Michael Ventresca, Avery Tsui, and Kazunari Iizuka as well as many other volunteers and supporters.
These volunteers have participated in, instructed, and operated events, while also managing at facilities such as Skip Barber Racing School, Hawaii International Racing School, Hawaii Motorsports Center, and Kalaeloa Raceway Park.
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.
The motorsports community has waited 13 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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