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Mar 23, 2001

County Fairgrounds Task Force Investigates Demand For Road Course In Tucson

Car road racer Frank Parise, a member of the five-man commission that oversees operation of the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona, is heading a task force to determine the feasibility of adding a road course to the drag strip and oval track already operating at the fairgrounds. Parise, 49, retired three years ago after a successful career in real estate and now spends his time on volunteer work--like serving on the fairgrounds commission--and on racing a Dodge Viper in the Viper Challenge Series. Parise is seeking input from motorcycle racing organizations, riding schools and teams to determine the level of interest in a road course. <BR><BR>"We're trying to demonstrate that the track is financially feasible to operate, with cash flow sufficient to retire the cost of building the track," Parise said in a March 22 phone interview, while driving to Buttonwillow for a car race.<BR><BR>Parise and his task force are asking the following questions:<BR><BR>1. How many weekend days per year should we assume that your club, school or race organization would be willing to rent the track for its exclusive use?<BR><BR>2. How many weekends per year should we assume that your club, school or race organization would be willing to rent the track for its exclusive use?<BR><BR>3. What do you consider to be a reasonable daily rental rate for the exclusive use of a desirable road course facility?<BR><BR>4. What are the most important factors in making your decision to rent a road course for your events?<BR><BR>5. On average, how many vehicles typically participate in your events?<BR><BR>6. Our current concept is to build a road course having the following features. Please list other features which you feel would be important.<BR>a. Maximum length of 2.5-3.0 miles with a minimum of 11-12 turns.<BR>b. Emphasis on safe and adequate run-off areas.<BR>c. Multiple track configurations available.<BR>d. Combinations of technically complex and high-speed sections.<BR>e. Moderate elevation changes.<BR>f. Spacious asphalt paddock.<BR>g. Covered and/or enclosed garage space based on demand.<BR>h. Conveniently located within two miles of an Interstate 10 exit.<BR><BR>7. Is there a maximum top speed you desire to see on a road course? How long should the straight be?<BR><BR>8. How long and wide should our hot pit lane be?<BR><BR>9. How wide should the track surface be?<BR><BR>10. What can we do to assure ourselves that you will use our facility?<BR><BR>11. What can we do to differentiate ourselves and be successful?<BR><BR>12. Would you be interested in participating in the ownership or operation of the track? In what capacity?<BR><BR>13. Would you be interested in establishing/operating a full-time driving school as the anchor tenant of the track during the week? Please describe the desired operating arrangement.<BR><BR><BR>Parise has requested responses by March 31, and can be contacted via phone at (520) 906-6844, via FAX at (520) 290-3459 or via e-mail at FrParise@aol.com.<BR><BR>