Major Californian circuit scheme named for Riverside

Purpose-formed US company Riverside Motorsports Park LLC in Atwater, CA, which has secured 1200 acres of land adjacent to Castle Airport in Merced County, says it is well under way in the planning application process for a massive, world-class motorsport centre there. Riverside plans eight different race tracks, including a 3-mile road course and Northern California's first world-class oval speedway, in one landscaped, park-like setting

Major Californian circuit scheme named for Riverside

The 'new' Riverside will be equipped with the road course for endurance and open-wheel racing, a 7/8-mile speedway for stock car and open-wheel series, integrated one-third and half-mile banked paved ovals for stock cars and Sprint cars, a three-eighths dirt oval for motorcycle, stock car, Sprint and Midget racing, a quarter-mile (5000ft total length) drag strip, and karting, motocross and BMX courses.

"There isn't a motorsport facility like this anywhere in the country," commented RMP founder and CEO John Condren. "We've invested two and a half years of market research, design, engineering and planning in this project. We're gratified by the reception we're receiving from Merced County, from local city and district officials, residents and business owners, and, especially, from the local, national and international motorsport communities. With a diverse and growing motorsport base in California, and with the rich racing heritage of the Central Valley, the Merced County location for Riverside Motorsports Park is most appropriate."

Riverside intends to present a complete package of motorsport events to US West Coast race fans and to support both professional and club-based motorsport sanctioning bodies across the USA. With picnic grounds, concert facilities, themed restaurants and other amenities, it also hopes to provide a recreation destination for more than 9m Northern California residents who live within a 100-mile radius.

Riverside's development schedule calls for the completion of an environmental impact report and the planning process so that groundbreaking can begin during the first half of 2004.

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