The long-awaited motorsports-focused Attesa development has begun construction on the racetrack that will be the focus of its first phase, the Podium Club.
Its developers, investors, and future members celebrated the groundbreaking July 14 with an event featuring speakers including Attesa managing members Dan Erickson and Pat Johnson, Casa Grande Mayor Pro Tempore Bob Huddleston, and Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller.
The traditional shovels were replaced by giant earthmoving machines and the words “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
The private Podium Club is selling memberships with driving and garage rental privileges at the track, which will offer a 2.25-mile multiconfiguration paved track with 15 turns. It’s designed to meet all safety standards set by the FIA and FIM, the international organizations overseeing automobile and motorcycle racing.
It’s scheduled to open in this year’s fourth quarter and will eventually tie into a second track to create a 4.45-mile, 32-turn circuit.
The first phase of the Podium Club track will include 104 garages and a nearly 200,000 square foot paddock area next to the track. More garages and paddock space, a 10-acre commerce center and hotel, clubhouse, and other amenities will be added as the second track is added.
“We’re creating an affordable driving and riding club that provides a safe, world-class track and services,” Erickson said at the groundbreaking celebration. “The Podium Club will let members run fast laps year-round, even at night for summer events, taking advantage of a 120-decibel sound allowance. We’re going to make our members glad they joined every day.”
The ultimate buildout plans for Attesa, located on Bianco Road a half-mile south of Interstate 8, call for a master-planned community with a public racetrack for professional races, promoting renewable resources and sustainability. Residences and RV spaces are envisioned next to industrial parks for vehicle design and light manufacturing, as well as retail and restaurants, entertainment venues, and an airpark.
For now, though, Attesa is committed to building out its private track for a specific market.
“Unlike all other membership tracks in Arizona, we have permanent zoning to protect our members’ investment,” Erickson said. “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.”