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Finish line near for new track

They can see the checkered flag; there's just one major decision in the way of a new Calgary-area motorsports park.

The city's previous go-to destination for automobile action, Race City Motorsports Park, closed at the end of last year.

Rick Coutts with the Motorsports, Arts Culture and Sports Group (MARCS) said his group could be prepared to publicly announce a new venue in just one to two months' time.

“Really what we are trying (is) to take all of the lessons learned out of Race City and make sure that next step is taken,” Coutts said Thursday. “There is a funding model that we have got in place.... We see (it) as quite plausible, quite doable.”

Coutts said a confidentiality agreement prevents him from disclosing the locations being considered, but believes both could fill his group's wishes. The development would cost millions but definitive financial details are also being withheld at this point.

Ald. Shane Keating, whose ward includes the former Race City location, pushes the appeal of the new location a bit further. “I guess you could describe it best as an international stage,” he said.

While Keating expressed optimism that the new motorsports park would be able to service racing all the way up to NASCAR levels, Coutts said analysis of the economics surrounding such events has left his group “doubtful.”

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