Archive for Friday, April 6, 2001

Proposed Pittsburgh speedway won’t have impact on airport, FAA rules

April 6, 2001

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— A project to build a $300 million indoor speedway that would seat 120,000 fans has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA ruled this week the racetrack was among the construction projects that would have "no significant impact" on the environment surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport, about 15 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

Bob Brant, president of Brant Motorsports in Morgantown, W.Va., plans to build the first indoor racetrack and lure NASCAR to western Pennsylvania. The mile speedway would be built inside a 2.6-million-square-foot building next to the airport.

Brant has said he has 80 percent of the money needed to build the privately financed track.

He is marketing the track as a year-round facility that could be used for car and truck racing, driving schools and testing of new cars.

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