Ford uses the idle Kentucky Expressway as a storage facility. And you can see the trucks in the parking lots surrounding the highway from space.
The Kentucky Speedway opened in Sparta in 2000 and hosted NASCAR races on the track until 2020. The track was not used for racing after it was excluded from the 2021 NASCAR schedule and the vast parking spaces are now being used by Ford thanks to a shortage of semiconductors that The auto industry has been plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ford was Incomplete F150 truck parking on the highway Since the spring the number of trucks on the track has continued to increase. Just look at the number of trucks sitting in parking lots this month as Ford waits to get the parts it needs to finish the trucks and ship them to buyers and dealers. As of this week, incomplete trucks occupy the majority of parking spaces on the track per satellite imagery.
Kentucky Speedway is less than two hours from the Ford assembly plant in Louisville. This plant is the primary place where Ford trucks are built.
The automaker said earlier this week It currently has more than 40,000 trucks and SUVs that it couldn’t finish due to a lack of parts. It’s not the only manufacturer facing the same scenario. General Motors also has thousands of unfinished cars waiting for parts.
Ford at least finds use for the Kentucky Speedway after NASCAR said goodbye to its owned Speedway Motorsports track. Kentucky hosted Class I Cup Series races from 2011-20, but struggled with attendance problems in its later years after horrific traffic problems before and after the first few Cup races. Located between Louisville and Cincinnati on Interstate 71, the track had only one main way to get to and from the facility.