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Old 07-08-2003, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default Has anyone ever tried to have a local drag strip built?

Over this past weekend, there was an accident involving a very reckless "street race" that actually occurred within a parking lot. Two cars were racing, one lost control and fishtailed into a group of spectators, injuring 5. 4 of the 5 were released from the hospital with minor cuts and bruises, but one of the unfortunate still remains in ICU under a coma. You can read the whole news article here.

Because of this incident, it has sparked discussions within our little community that a local track is needed. Has anybody done any sort of research regarding the steps and dynamics into having this done. I'm familiar with the RaceLegal.com initiative, is there anybody on here that was a part of that process?

There are a few questions that i'd just be interested in hearing your thoughts on.

1) How much would it really COST to BUILD a 1/8th drag strip facility.
2) How much would have to paid in INSURANCE costs.
3) What kind of REVENUE could be seen from this type of facility?
4) What kinds of ordinances would have to be worked around regarding NOISE?

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1) How much would it really COST to BUILD a 1/8th drag strip facility.
2) How much would have to paid in INSURANCE costs.
3) What kind of REVENUE could be seen from this type of facility?
4) What kinds of ordinances would have to be worked around regarding NOISE?
I do not know the exact answers, but my guess is this.
1. Cost I dont know exacty, but think about what your paying for. Alot of road, a few stands, commentator box and a some fence? THen some PA and Xmas tree stuff. My guess, its alot cheaper then most small businesses.

2. Insurance, I dont know, but am very interested to know. I know waivers are signed at tracks, but you still need insurance and racing cars at 100+ isnt cheap.

3. Revenue as in profit? Right? Well profit I see as this according to local strip on wed night drag. 250 Racers Max.
Say you fill one night. and spectators average one per car.
250 X $15 = $3750
250 X $6 = $1500

Thats $5250 in just admission on a fun drag day. And I dont think cost of operations arent that high.

4. Dont know laws, but every race track I see is far from housing or anything. So im guessing you need to be a distance away.

I dont know if any of this helps, but this is what I thought up on my own just pondering about it
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Isn't the cost of building any type of road extrememly high?
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Isn't the cost of building any type of road extrememly high?
dont know!?
I didnt think it would be that much
but i dont know
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in all actuality, ransack you're probably right. it wouldn't cost $10 million to build a track, but there is a certain level of risk that a city would take in funding the track to be built, even with the high prospect of bringing in a good amount of revenue.

i'm not talking about a state of the art facility here, and with that in mind, i think it's a very feasible thing to do.

now if only the economy would start getting better...
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When I was in high school they built a new parking lot about (guesstamation) 500" x 350". I heard the cost was about 10k for the lot not including the lights, but then agian consider it was a hs rumor so I'm not sure how accurate that is.
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i'd be really interested if anybody in the san diego area who has been to a race at qualcomm, or anybody apart of racelegal.com can contact me, that'd be cool.

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You are looking at about $75K-$100K US for a track with tree, walls, some stands, electronics etc. I looked into this a while back for my area because the closest track is over 3 hours away. Plus you have to have insurance, places to park, lighting, and a **** load of safety equipment, and emergency crew on call every night.

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I'm glad I don't have a hooked up car anymore...
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They need to build one off of Northwest highway. Mad profit there.
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You are looking at about $75K-$100K US for a track with tree, walls, some stands, electronics etc. I looked into this a while back for my area because the closest track is over 3 hours away. Plus you have to have insurance, places to park, lighting, and a **** load of safety equipment, and emergency crew on call every night.

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yeah, the safety and crew and insurance is what I question. Who knows how much does that cost.

and one up by where I live would be nice. Sac raceway is about an hour away, which isnt bad. but something closer would be nice
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I looked into building a 1/4 mile track and it was just under 1mil!!! The cost of just the track/pavement itself was huge. I work for an excavation company and even with us doing the work at a loss the cost was still over 800K. So even at an 1/8 mile your still talking about 400-500K

I'll get the exact breakdown if you want. Also the permits were a bitch to try and get. Has to go the the city counsil. Then there is the Stand-By Ambulance/EMS that has to be present at every event. It was a lot more then I had ever figured and I never got down to the finishing prices.
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