Danrick Builders has announced it has made its final application with Pinal County for approval to begin construction on a 2.4-mile road racing circuit near Casa Grande, Arizona, with groundbreaking set for November of this year. The track will offer private memberships, manufacturer testing and driver training, and be approved for local and national car and motorcycle racing events.
“We actually submitted plans in March,” said Dan Erickson, managing partner. “Then came the pandemic. Our Formula 1-ready track with huge grandstands and suites and large common areas suddenly became a risk. The future of large spectator events nationally, with 40,000+ fans, is yet to be determined.
“But people still want to drive and ride and race in a secure, safe environment. This new track, in a different location at Attesa, is our solution. We’re still planning to build the original circuit in its planned location but not this year.”
The new track will be built in phases, configurable and designed for running in either direction. It will feature high-speed esses, elevation changes and generous runoff area, the builders say. Members will be able to run at night and the track’s noise limit is 120 decibels at the property line.
Built on 341 acres, Phase 1A will open with a 186K sq. ft. paddock. The first track will be 16 turns and 2.0 miles long with Phase 1B extending the track to 2.4 miles with 19 turns. Both tracks have high-speed variants reducing the number of turns to suit the needs of members and guests. The complex will ultimately offer north and south sections and 16 different configurations including a 4.45-mile loop suitable for IndyCar, IMSA, NASCAR and MotoAmerica races.
“We’re still going to host spectator events for anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 fans, guests and visitors,” added Erickson. “We’re already talking to some of the major racing organizations to make that happen.”
Club members will have priority access to garages and residential options including single-family homes and ‘garage majal’ townhomes. Attesa is permanently zoned for residential use so it can sell plots of land with a spec design to allow legal, year-round living at or near the track complex.
Attesa will offer on-site trailer storage and a designated RV area for members who want to leave their vehicles or other equipment at the track. Permanent garages, not container box stalls, will be available at or near the track’s opening.
“The track will be founded on a large community of car and motorcycle people connected by a need for performance and speed,” said Erickson. “They know that track time is the only way you get better and faster. More laps, more often are the only way to improve your skills.”
“We’ll offer the best value because you shouldn’t have to be rich to satisfy your passion. Our pricing is lower, mainly because we think members should pay for what they are getting instead of what may or may not be built in the future.”
Attesa will also have regular evening sessions that start while there is still natural light and run well into the night, creating opportunities for summer and ‘after work’ track privileges.
The track will include an area for manufacturer research and development and driver training. It will have an adjacent industrial district with through-the-gate track access. Construction is scheduled to commence 4th quarter.
Attesa is a master-planned community midway between Phoenix and Tucson near the intersection of Interstate 8 and Interstate 10, about 45 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.