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Developer reveals plans for racetrack at casino

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at 12:01 a.m.

Global Gaming Solutions said Tuesday that it is working with a prominent race car driver and a major racing organization to develop the vintage racetrack it would build as part of its proposed casino near Wellington.

The Oklahoma-based company said the Indy Racing League has expressed interest in the design and use of the proposed racetrack for one or more of its Indy Lights series events.

It also said five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell is expected to send a letter of interest to operate a race car driving school at the track.

The track would be built during the second phase of the development, scheduled for years six through 12. It would completed by the 10th year.

Global Gaming is competing with Peninsula Gaming Partners, of Dubuque, Iowa, for the right to build and manage a state-owned casino in Sumner County. The companies will present their plans to the state's casino review board at a public meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Raymond Frye Complex, 320 N. Jefferson in Wellington.

Peninsula has proposed the Kansas Star Casino for one of two alternate sites near Mulvane.

Global Gaming is expected to reveal the name of its facility today.

The company said its racetrack would include grandstand seating for 500, but could expand to 10,000 with temporary bleacher seating and grass parking lots.

The racetrack also would include a 40-car garage, an officials/media facility, a pit area and support roads, the company said.

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