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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The sole bid received for the county's proposed racetrack at the Pima County Fairgrounds will be scrutinized next week.

The bid from Arizona International Motorsports Museum, Inc. was the only bid received for the $65 million dollar racetrack.

"Well, I hoped there would be more," says Tom Moulton, head of Tucson Attractions. "But this bid is from local folks here in town, so we're really excited about working with local folks."

The track would be more than three miles in length and include several turns and long straightaways.

It would be able to host NASCAR and open wheel race cars, such as Indy type cars, as well as motorcycle races.

It could be changed to host several different types of races as well as educational and testing venues.

The county has set aside 400 acres at the fairgrounds for the track.

Noise mitigation is also an issue.

The board of Arizona International Motorsports includes Tucsonans Richard Anderson, Charles Quiroz and Robert E. Knight.

We're told some members of the group have experience in developing racetracks.

The next step is to go over the bid to see if it meets specifications.

Moulton says it has met legal requirements.

The racetrack committee will also analyze financial issues. It will see the bid for the first time next week.

"We'll go through our evaluation process," Moulton says. "If they meet all the requirements, then we'll start the process of negotiating a contract."

Moulton feels the process could take about three months and could be before the Pima County Board of Supervisors for approval in January, 2014.

Moulton believes local participation is exciting.

"We think they'll have a really strong commitment to build the track and make sure it's sustainable," he says.

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