BY DEBORAH TETLEY, CALGARY HERALD JULY 26, 2012 5:01 AM
The wheels are in motion to open a new, $27-million motor-sports park in the Calgary area after the popular Race City shuttered last year, creating a void for racing enthusiasts.
The proposed track, called Rockyview Motorsports Park, would operate on 1,200 hectares east of Airdrie and is being billed as "a world-class auto racing facility."
If all goes according to plan, the new track - packaged with an executive airport - is scheduled to open one phase in early 2014, according to a proposal overview obtained by the Herald on Wednesday.
Ald. Shane Keating, whose ward includes the former Race City Motorsports Park, sat on a committee which was formed from interested parties shortly after the track's contentious closure last fall.
The Motorsports, Arts, Culture and Sports group (MARCS) approved the Rockyview Motorsports Park plan in late spring, giving the organization the go-ahead to find investors and set the bid in motion.