Agreement could bring new racetrack to Pima County - Tucson News Now

Agreement could bring new racetrack to Pima County

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Race car fans, start your engines.  Tucson and Pima County may be a step closer to a world class racetrack after a decision Tuesday.

If approved the track would be built on nearly 400 acres near the Pima County Fairgrounds and include NASCAR as well as Indy type racing. All that stands in the way is a lease agreement that essentially turns the land over to the company that will design and build the track.  While this agreement does not guarantee the track will be built, it is a lot closer. 

The concept for the track is to make is 2.8 miles long, with several turns, but what will set this track apart from others across the country, and world, is this one will be totally fan friendly. All the turns and the entire track will be visible from the grandstands.

The track will likely hold five or six major events a year, drawing race fans from all over the world, as well as local racing enthusiasts. 

"We've been working on this for three years now.  It started out as an inkling of an idea about how we can take the existing race track and do something differently that will attract international visitors," said Tom Moulton from Pima County Attractions.  "But having a track that will bring literally millions of people from all over the world that would come to enjoy, it's pretty darned exciting to an economic development and tourism guy." 

The track designer has designed 15 of these kinds of tracks, so the county feels pretty confident it will become a reality, and it is hoped once the track is built, it will start to draw not only fans, but the infrastructure as well like hotels, restaurants and RV parks.

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