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County looks for new racetrack

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We're getting some idea now as to the type of racetrack Pima County is hoping for at the fairgrounds on the far Southeast side.

Something like a two to two and a half mile track with eight to 15 turns which will accommodate many types of racing.

The county sent us three websites which gives a good representation of that its looking for.

Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin.

Mid Ohio Sports Track

Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA

The one thing all the tracks have in common is they're multi use tracks.

The Ohio venue is a 2.4 mile track with 15 turns but still hosts an Indy style race.

Laguna Seca is 2.2 miles and has eight turns. It hosts a variety of races.

The county will likely vote on a lease option bid at its July 2, 2013 meeting.

The county has about 400 acres at the fairgrounds which can accommodate a track of that size.

But the county will not invest any taxpayer money in building the facility which would likely run into the tens of millions of dollars.

The money will come from private companies who are interested in building a multiple racing facility in the Southwestern United States.

It would not replace the four tracks already there but would be in addition to.

It's hoped the track would include interest from the Indy car and NASCAR racing circuits.

It would not include Formula 1 racing for no other reason than the licensing fees are too high. A Formula 1 track also has limited uses.

Another hope is the track could be used for a major car company or companies as a testing grounds.

The track could be the linchpin to an entertainment venue envisioned for the fairgrounds.

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