New motorsports center plans move into the fast lane
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to start your engines - the Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved a zoning use permit for a motorsports center north of Kingman Monday.
The Lingenfelter family made the request. The center will be located on 550 acres of land west of Route 66 and just north of Grace Neal Parkway.
"That's awesome," said John Kirby, the creative care marketing director for the Lingenfelter Center.
"We've been talking to several different promoters and are already working on filling in the calendar for 2013."
Exact plans for where everything will go at the Route 66 Motorsports Park have not been laid out yet, he said.
"We were being cautiously optimistic that the Board would approve it," he said. "Now we can get started on the really solid plans."
The ideal plan would have space for several racetracks for high-speed dragsters, sand drags, motocross, BMX and even some equestrian events, he said.
But for right now, they're focusing on getting a viewing tower for race monitors at the start line and getting water to the location.
"We're going to need a lot of water," Kirby said.
The plan is to use treated wastewater from the city of Kingman's nearby wastewater treatment plant so the facility doesn't have to use as much drinking water.
"We just need a delivery system," he said.
Ken Larson from Fast Track Racing is ready to start building. Fast Track and Route 66 Wings and Wheels put on the first sand drags race at the property last month.
Fast Track already has a full schedule of sand drags races set up.
The first race will be at the end of March, Larson said.
"We've been trying for 12 years to get a place," he said. "The dirt at the facility is perfect. I really expect to see some records set."
The organization has gotten a lot of local support and is hoping to hold three national events at the new facility which should bring in a big chunk of change for the local economy, Larson said.
He pointed to the two races that were held at the fairgrounds a few years ago. He estimated the two events brought in around $30,000.
Paul Schupp of Precision Automotive said he's already got plans drawn up for three courses on 20 acres of the property - a scramble car course, a rock crawl and an obstacle course for four-wheel drive vehicles.
He's also looking at putting in a short course and three tracks for motocross events on a separate 20 acres - a peewee course, a pro course and an intermediate course.
"I'm just waiting for the motocross guys to get back to me with their design," he said.
"I told them, 'We're going to be working at a run for the next couple of months.'"
Schupp hopes to get the motocross tracks done within the next few months so that they can start holding practices and events as soon as possible.
"This is all about the community. We want people to stay in Kingman. We want to give the kids something to do," he said.
"The Lingenfelter family and John Kirby have been phenomenal. I can't thank them enough."
"But we're not leaving the fairgrounds behind. I don't want people to think that," he said.
Schupp's plan is to create a competitive series of events between the two locations to drive more traffic to the Kingman area.
However, Schupp's going to need some help to get the tracks up and running.
"We're looking for anyone who wants to donate time or services," he said.
You can contact Schupp at (928) 716-0738.