A major new recreational motorsports park boasting twin FIA Grade II-specification circuits has been announced in Pinal County, Arizona. Attesa will cover some 2,360-acres near to Casa Grande and will also boast its own airstrip, country club and residential facilities.
Announcing the project, developers Danrick Builders of Chandler say the facility will "create an economic engine for the region, become a global magnet for entertainment, thought-leadership for transportation design innovation, and educational partnerships with universities conducting automotive research and development".
Designed by renowned UK-based race track engineering firm Apex Circuit Design, Attesa's two, full-size race tracks will meet international FIA and FIM certifications, offering first-rate motorsports and performance driving experiences. All major sports car, stock car, IndyCar and motorcycle series will be eligible to race at Attesa. The karting circuit will be built to FIA/CIK specifications.
The complex will also feature a private airport with a 6,000-foot-long runway. A private club and residential community will draw the affluent to Pinal County throughout the year, while the resort and conference center will further inject tourism dollars into the local economy.
Dan Erickson, principal of Danrick Builders, said: "Attesa will be the optimum racing entertainment destination that will draw guests from all over the world, driving new jobs and contributing taxes to local economies. Our model is incomparable to any other development in the United States. We'll combine speed, luxury experiences and motorsports opportunities for individuals from all walks of life."
The site is midway between the urban centres of Phoenix and Tucson and Danrick says Attesa will create long-term jobs for the region, drawing from talent generated by Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and the state's community colleges.
An entitlement application for the plans has recently been filed in Pinal County and Danrick Builders representatives have met with city, county, state and federal officials as well as immediate area neighbours to discuss and approve the development. The company expects to break ground in 2017.
"The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is 100 per cent behind this project," said Tim Kanavel, Pinal County economic development programme manager. "The Attesa community will be a complement to the nearby Nissan and Volkswagen test tracks. We are creating the centre of automotive excellence in Arizona and that will be right here in Pinal County. Attesa will be a huge benefit to our existing tourism industry, furthering Pinal County's desire to be a destination county."
Dafydd Broom, Design Director of Apex Circuit Design said, "Apex are proud to be associated with such an exciting development that will bring social and economic benefit to the region. We look forward to our continued association with Danrick Builders so that together we can turn this vision into a reality"