Local promoter proposes Meridian Grand Prix

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- If a local promoter gets his way, there could be some serious racing in the streets of Meridian in the summer of 2014.

Warren Busse with the Grand Prix Association of Meridian is hoping to convince local leaders to buy the idea of Indy 500-style cars zipping through the streets for three days on a special circuit.

"The winners in these events are the participants, the fans and the host communities," Busse told Ada County Highway District Commissioners Wednesday.

He proposes "having the same cars and drivers that run in the Indy 500 run on a temporary circuit built on city streets near downtown core. This is not a whim or a flight of fancy."

Busse says he's been involved with other grand prix races such as the one in Long Beach, Calif. and he's proposing a similar annual event for Idaho's third largest city.

Meridian is known for its speedway, but promoters say a grand prix race on the streets of the city could bring 200,000 spectators and revenue of some $40 million."

Racing would last three days with the main event a two-hour finale on a Sunday. The Indy Car circuit would be no more than two miles.
Street closures would be massive.

Busse pitched his plan to Ada County Highway District commissioners who made no decision.

The Meridian City Council is also taking the proposal under consideration.