CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Attesa, the multi-use, advanced transportation technology development near Casa Grande, broke ground Wednesday on the Podium Club, its inaugural project at the 2,351-acre site.
The Podium Club will offer a bi-directional, 15-turn, 2.25-mile paved road course and leased garages for phase one, followed by residential and industrial areas, track expansion and an RV park. It is expected to open during the fourth quarter of 2021.
The track will be multi-configurable, eventually connecting to an additional, multi-configuration circuit to create one large 4.45-mile, 32-turn circuit.
“It’s exciting to finally break ground,” said Dan Erickson, managing member for Attesa. “We’re creating an affordable driving and riding club that provides a safe, world class track and services. The Podium Club will let members run fast laps year ‘round, even at night for summer events, taking advantage of a 120 dB sound allowance. Members will also be able to garage their cars and bikes here. We’re going to make our members glad they joined, every day.”
Eschewing the common, traditional use of gold shovels to break the ground, Erickson, Managing Member Pat Johnson, Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller and Casa Grande Mayor Pro Tempore Bob Huddleston gathered after some brief comments and announced, ‘Gentleman, start your engines.’
With that command, a cadre of giant earthmoving machines from Rummel Construction of Scottsdale, Ariz., fired up and began the moving and shaping process for hundreds of thousands of cubic tons of dirt.
Weather permitting, the motorsports manicuring of the former Bianco Farms property will take up to 145 days before paving and building will commence.
The circuit was created to meet Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme safety standards.
Designed by Rose Design of Arizona and engineered by Apex Circuit Design, United Kingdom, the track features generous runoff areas with large gravel traps, a unique series of esses, challenging elevation changes and a high-speed front straight.
“The people who have already signed up to join the Podium Club know it will be a world-class, full-service track complex for enthusiasts who appreciate value, and especially membership benefits, to satisfy their passion,” added Erickson.
“Unlike all other membership tracks in Arizona, we have permanent zoning to protect our member’s investment. We’re not going to build and add things members don’t want or care about, either. We understand most members will have no aspirations to turn pro, they just want to go fast with their favorite toys in a secure, controlled environment with other like-minded enthusiasts. That’s us.”