During its annual holiday party, the staff at New Jersey Motorsports Park took NASA Northeast Regional Director rather by surprise by awarding NASA Northeast with its 2022 Track Partner of the Year award.

“We are so grateful for all our amazing track partners and proud of the countless successful events that have taken place here at New Jersey Motorsports Park. We would love to grab this opportunity to highlight a staple group who have brought safety, professionalism, and family values to every track day since the beginning,” said Alison Dobrosky, track partner relationship manager for NJMP. “This group’s hard work and dedication to the sport has not gone unnoticed. It was recently shared with me that this individual has been running track events for 49 years and next year will be 50 years of doing this crazy stuff. Joe, Suzan, and all the NASA family, thank you for everything you do and congratulations! You have been chosen as New Jersey Motorsports Park’s 2022 Track Partner of the Year. We are honored to have your continued support.”

NASA Northeast holds more of its events at NJMP than any other track in the region. In fact, Casella pointed out that NASA Northeast has been holding events at NJMP since the facility first opened 14 years ago. Casella considers it NASA Northeast’s home track.

“We do better at New Jersey than we do anywhere else,” Casella said. “Because it’s so local to the three markets, the Philly market, the Delaware market, and the New York and New Jersey markets. So we have a tendency to pull more people. That’s the best place for us to go.”

Joe and Suzan Casella address the drivers in a meeting in August at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Located at a former military air base, NJMP has two road courses and a kart track with a number of configurations. It has hotels, banquet facilities, garages and villas overlooking the track. According to the NJMP website, “The Millville Army Air Field opened as a gunnery school for fighter pilots for the Republic P-47 “Thunderbolt” in 1941. During its four-year existence, about 1,500 pilots received advanced P-47 Thunderbolt fighter training here.”

“I believe, collectively over the five different events this year, which accounts for probably 15 or 16 track days, we brought more people through the gate than any of the other clubs have, BMW club, SCCA, Porsche club, all those guys,” Casella said. “We were the second group to go there when it first opened, and we’ve been going ever since. I don’t know of any other region that ever got called out as the partner of the year. So I think that’s somewhat unique.”

The Millville, N.J., water tank, visible from everywhere at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Image courtesy of Brett Becker

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