The public is invited to an informational meeting about the proposed Southern Arizona Raceway on Tuesday, July 23, at the Pima County Fairgrounds.
The meeting, organized by the Pima County Economic Development and Tourism Department from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sunset Cantina, will also be an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors has approved seeking bids conditioned upon comments from the public, to lease 400 acres of County land south of the fairgrounds – at 11900 S. Harrison Road – to build and operate a professional racetrack.
The track being proposed is a Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Grade 2 Complex. It would accommodate multiple types of racing vehicles including Indy-type cars, sports cars, motorcycles, and NASCAR.
Formula One racing is not being considered because it is very expensive to build all of the unique amenities required specifically for Formula One racing and the possibility of securing a Grade 1 license from the FIA is limited.
A minimum investment of $15 million is expected from a successful Grade 2 Complex bidder.
Four racetracks or motorsports attractions now operate near the fairgrounds: Tucson Speedway at Tucson Raceway Park, Merle’s SIR Dragway, Musselman Honda Circuit, and M.C. Motorsports Park at PMP.
The Sunset Cantina, where the meeting is being held, is located at the Pima County Fairgrounds, one mile south of I-10 off of Houghton Road Exit #275.
Directions to the Cantina:
• From I-10: Exit 275, Houghton Road. One mile south to Brekke Road. West on Brekke approximately 1/16 of a mile to gate on the left. Follow the signs.
• From Corona and Sahuarita: Houghton Road, north to Brekke Road. West on Brekke 1/16 of a mile to gate on the left. Follow the signs.
• From Rita Ranch: Houghton Road south to Brekke Road. West on Brekke 1/16 of a mile to gate on the left. Follow the signs.
To view the SAR draft bid package go to http://www.pimacountyattractions.com/Notices.html.