El 6 of February 2020 will remain as a milestone in the history of Termas de Río Hondo International Circuit. During the night of that day, a fire that destroyed all the boxes. Fortunately, the effort made by six fire crews made the flames controlled just in time and thanks to that the museum remains intact.
Since the end of February, intense work has been done to build new boxes, which will be similar to those of the English racetrack in Silverstone. That includes a grandstand that will be on the top floor.
The tasks began with the removal of all the debris and structures that the fire took away, while in April the work began to erect the new pits. Several companies work in the new boxes from Monday to Monday that fulfill different functions.
The museum never closed its doors. In fact, they were opened the day after the fire. And all the staff led by Jalo Cano, director of the museum. As the firefighters battled the flames, about fifty people removed all the exposed vehicles to safeguard them. That allowed the doors to open 12 hours after the incident.
"The only yell I ever made was 'easy, but quick.' And so it was done. The 37 employees were joined by other people who came to help. We take out all the vehicles. When it was safe, we cleaned them up and re-entered them. The commitment of all the employees was incredible. They all came "Cano told autoworld with a certain hint of emotion.
Although the works will be completed by February, the grand reopening of the Termas de Río Hondo International Circuit would be for the 2022 edition of the MotoGP Argentine Grand Prix, to be held in April (The presence of the Motorcycle World Championship in 2023, 2024 and 2025 is also confirmed). However, beforehand there could be some activity to facilitate the gumming of the layout.
It is worth remembering that when the fire happened, the 2021 GP was questioned, although the date was rearranged for November. However, the race was finally canceled due to a series of modifications to the World Championship calendar.