CASA GRANDE — A private motor sports facility planned for Pinal County is set to break ground in August, officials said.
Attesa, a 2,500-acre complex, will begin Phase 1 of the project with a membership road course, the company announced in a press release.
The membership track will be available to auto enthusiasts for $4,495 down and $295 per month, said Dan Erickson, managing partner of Danrick Builders, the company that’s developing the track.
“Compared with most other driving clubs, we think we’re hitting the bullseye for affordable, high performance driving and racing,” Erickson said. “Members will be promised 20 days track time per month, including two weekends a month. And we’ll even have a limited number of garage spaces that will be complimentary, on a first come, first served basis.”
Attesa is limiting inaugural memberships to 100 to ensure enough track time for everyone, the company said.
The circuit will offer “everything a racer or driving enthusiast will need for a fun, safe, cost-effective and convenient skill-building experience, featuring signal lights, multiple timing and scoring loops and classroom and dining facilities,” the release said. The track will boast multiple configurations, garages, a skid pad, a well-known high-performance driving school, on-site fueling and a pro shop.
“Having been a member of a private club in the past, I wanted to make sure we were not subject to the same challenges it presented,” said Erickson. “Like zoning. I paid a lot of up-front money with no assurances that the city or county would keep renewing the special use permit.”
In December, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors gave approval for the zoning of the project, which was first announced in 2014.
The primary track is to be used for vehicle and component research, development and testing, plus major racing events. The membership track is to feature a luxury club including swimming pool, spa and fitness center, driver’s lounge and locker room. Attesa also plans residential and industrial districts, an airpark and private air strip plus a multi-use area suitable for large concerts, closed course off-road races and other events.
While the membership circuit at Attesa will not be the first private-club-like facility in Arizona, it will be the only one zoned specifically for competition events — actual races — with no worries about sound. Other tracks are limited to noise levels no greater than 85 decibels due to their location within city limits, the company said.
“Having been a member of a private club in the past I wanted to make sure we were not subject to the same challenges it presented,” said Erickson. “Like zoning. I paid a lot of up-front money with no assurances that the city or county would keep renewing the special use permit.”
“Some of my race cars were simply too loud for me to run them legally and if the track violated their land use agreement, my membership would have been revoked and I would have lost all my initiation fee with no way to get it back.
“I also didn’t think it was fair for me to pay a huge initiation fee to finance future club amenities that, in all likelihood, would never be built,” he added. “That seems to be the norm if you look at club tracks across the country.”
In October, PinalCentral requested records from the Arizona Department of Water Resources on the proposed project’s request. As of press time the department was working to “review each and every document by hand” due to a failure in the department’s software.