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  • IRL to San Antonio

    The rumor I heard out of city hall (to which I had to swear silence)has broken..



    http://www.ksat.com/sports/5190593/detail.html

  • #2
    Take note ISCs and CCWS, no taxpayer investment into the complex:

    "The sports complex would be built with private money and no public funding would be involved."

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    • #3
      I'd still rather see the IRL race on the Houston Superspeedway, but this is pretty cool.

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      • #4
        Cool if true.

        Wasn't San Antonio at one point announced on the A1GP calendar?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by morden
          Cool if true.

          Wasn't San Antonio at one point announced on the A1GP calendar?
          Yes it was but the downtown circuit that IMSA used couldn't be repeated, A1GP and IRL would make two strong dates for a SA Motorsports Park.

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          • #6
            I'd still rather see the IRL race on the Houston Superspeedway
            From all indications, Houston Superspeedway is dead.

            "The sports complex would be built with private money and no public funding would be involved."
            Were I a San Antonio citizen, I would take that with a LARGE grain of salt.

            There has been murmurs of New Orleans Saints considering a move to San Antonio. Will be a long time before Superdome is habitable again.

            Yep, San Antone was on A1GP calendar...problem was, nobody actually talked to the city about it. Appears it was 'vaporware' all along. Still waiting to see if A1GP date in Laguna Seca happens.

            BTW, the old IMSA races in SA were great fun.
            BAN SHREDDED CHEESE! MAKE AMERICA GRATE AGAIN!

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            • #7
              I didn't see the whole news broadcast but another board is reporting that Joe Heitzler is behind Holly Hill investments.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jakester
                From all indications, Houston Superspeedway is dead.
                That makes the third big racing complex proposal in this state gone up in smoke, Boundless, a road course in Brazoria County, and the oval in the same area. San Antonio will get it done however.

                Were I a San Antonio citizen, I would take that with a LARGE grain of salt.

                There has been murmurs of New Orleans Saints considering a move to San Antonio. Will be a long time before Superdome is habitable again.
                SA will probably end up as a temporary home for the Saints.

                Yep, San Antone was on A1GP calendar...problem was, nobody actually talked to the city about it. Appears it was 'vaporware' all along. Still waiting to see if A1GP date in Laguna Seca happens.

                BTW, the old IMSA races in SA were great fun.
                Yes they were and keep in mond with this proposal you have the man himself involved in the effort, TG.

                Why didn't Robin Miller dig up this rumor? Why didn't I break my vow of silence, I could have scooped RM.

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                • #9
                  Will this be a street parade, oval, or a natural road course?
                  What Happened?
                  Who's got next?

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                  • #10
                    That makes the third big racing complex proposal in this state gone up in smoke
                    Third? More like the 7th or 8th big racetrack gone 'poof' and the 15th racing facility idea gone 'poof' in the last 10 or so years.

                    Valley View (northwest of Dallas), a planned Pook track east of Dallas just before TMS), the Motorplex drag strip in Ennis was supposed to have a paved oval and road course, Gran Sport Raceway in Houston (old blimp base), Gunterring north of Dallas, Abilene Motorsports Complex, etc.....

                    Continuing rumors: Mineral Wells road course.

                    Looks like for real: Motorsports Ranch south of Houston...gearhead county club and club races only, but looks like nice facility.
                    BAN SHREDDED CHEESE! MAKE AMERICA GRATE AGAIN!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SportscarBruce
                      I didn't see the whole news broadcast but another board is reporting that Joe Heitzler is behind Holly Hill investments.
                      Heck! It's right there in the article linked!!

                      "I've been in a lot of cities in my executive positions, especially in racing, and I have yet to see anyone equal the hospitality this city has," said Joe Heitzler, of Holly Hills Investors.
                      As they said in The Holy Grail..."Run away! Run away!"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by akhindallas
                        Heck! It's right there in the article linked!!
                        Yeah well I was too excited!!!!!

                        I seem to be the only one excited, either the TF regulars are bemoaning another non-oval or the CC fans are poking sticks at it as well.

                        Well I don't care actually. This is an untapped market that should help out the sponsorship side of things, the local business were very supportive of the IMSA races, and it's an additon not a subtraction to the schedule.

                        D&G, I don't get it.

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                        • #13
                          Say goodbye to Texas Motor Speedway...

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                          • #14
                            San Antonio is a very cool town, a race there on a righteous road course or even a decent (cringe) street course like St. Pete would be a lot of fun. I don't know what a Grand Prix style course in a motorsports park would look like.

                            That term "Grand Prix" sure gets misused a lot. I think there's a go-kart track around here with that in the name. Makes me a little uneasy.

                            Bruce, do you live down there? Where did they run the TA races? They could shoot down that wide street in front of the Alamo at some point, and past that grand old hotel right there. That'd make for some nice photo ops. Hey I'm fired up - new stuff is always a hoot.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by inky
                              Say goodbye to Texas Motor Speedway...
                              Elaborate.

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