CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — The Podium Club’s 2.32-mile road racing circuit has been sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America to host local, regional, and national racing events, plus HPDE (High Performance Driving Education) events.
“This is a testament to our track team,” said Dan Erickson, Podium Club Managing Partner. “We’re thrilled that we can now host SCCA races and provide sports car, sedan, and open wheel drivers with a safe, fun, and challenging circuit where they can get their competition licenses and compete.”
The track was designed by Podium Club Chief Driving Instructor/Business Development director Tim Rose and England’s APEX Circuit Design.
It features 15 turns and can run in both directions, as well as be divided into two, separate 1.2-mile tracks that can run simultaneously.
The circuit was built to meet the most stringent FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) safety regulations at buildout.
“This was an easy approval,” said Jim Cantrell, Regional Executive for SCCA’s Arizona Region. “The track has nine different configurations, plenty of runoff room, a smooth surface. Curbing is right. It’s got a huge paddock, big enough for us to run autocross, and an ideal location halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Southern California and Las Vegas are close, too. We plan to visit the Podium Club a lot.”
“We can’t wait until October,” said Podium Club General Manager John Mabry. “An enduro that ends under the lights is going to be awesome, and the weather will be perfect. We just put up our new starter stand, upgraded our worker stations, and made a lot of other improvements in preparation. We think the Copperstate 10-hour enduro will be the biggest, most successful SCCA endurance race in Arizona, ever.”