Score One for the Home Team
Friday, September 18, 2009
Arizona Motorsports Park looks set to open its gates once again – hopefully. After a long and drawn-out multi-year legal battle, Arizona courts have ruled in the favor of us motorsports enthusiasts. And it’s about time.
After building the track in January 2004 and holding a handful of races, the beautiful $6 million facility was shut down when neighbors complained that is was “too noisy.” This was all the more strange considering the track butts up against Luke Air Force Base, from which F-16 fighter jets take off daily for training missions. As if a GSX-R1000 is louder than a pair of jet engine pumping out 20,000 pounds of thrust a piece?
The 16-turn, 2.23-mile racecourse is well designed and when sampled during a previous Honda CBR1000RR intro we were very keep on its layout. But it was shut down in June 2005 due to legal reasons, which have now been overturned.
When public racing will return is unknown, and the track is not fully out of the woods yet as the city council can still try to take it to the Arizona Supreme Court, according to the report. Though the report also says track owner Dan Maloney definitely plans to re-open the facility to racing shortly.
Let’s hope everything works out and it opens soon so all us speed junkies can get our fix at yet another beautiful track…