MARICOPA, AZ - A $25 million, 280-acre racetrack and country club is planned for Maricopa next year.
Scottsdale-based Private Motorsports Group said Wednesday that it has secured the acreage to build the Apex Motor Club, a luxury 12,000-square-foot country club, 4-mile racetrack and 3/8-mile go-kart track, in Maricopa, a half-hour drive from Phoenix.
According to initial artist renderings, the facility will have indoor and outdoor restaurants, lounges, game rooms, a fitness center, fuel station and auto shop. Two-hundred vehicle "condominiums," or garages, will also be available for those who want to store their rides at the track.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2017 and will take 18 months to complete.
"Honestly, it's pretty cool," said Jason Plotke, CEO of Private Motorsports Group in a Wednesday phone interview.
He said Phoenix has a "strong underlying car culture" -- two professional races at Phoenix International Raceway and the Barrett-Jackson luxury auto auction -- but felt some of the market was underserved.
He hopes the new track will fill that need to give consumers a place to race their 15-year Mustang or Ferrari, while offering a variety of activities off track.
"We want to create a community," he said.
Membership begins with a one-time fee between $18,000 and $75,000 and yearly dues ranging between $4,000 and $5,000, he said.
Over 240 members have expressed interest in joining the facility, the group said. They expect to have 450 members once the facility opens.