St. Michael Speedway & Resort
Stokke, Austin R.
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Raceways are uncommonly thought of as a public amenity and even more uncommonly thought of as a public health solution. Although this may be an incorrect implication. For instance, race tracks could serve as an outlet for those who enjoy the automotive industry. Particularly individuals who use public streets and highways for racing and test & tuning new upgrades. The raceway would also include public amenities, such as hotels and commercial spaces. The United States has a large market for the racing industry. Which is important to note as Minneapolis is one of the larger cities in America yet to have a nationally recognized race track. The installation of a raceway would draw a large amount of visitors and would dramatically boost the local economy. The hope is that a raceway will impact public health by removing a significant amount of speeding and street racing from the street, substituting the street for the track. Research will be done by surveying the general public and reviewing DOT statistics in hopes of finding a correlation between the addition of a race track and the amount of tickets written for street racing. This research will establish whether or not a raceway may have an impact on public health and will allow me to investigate particular tracks in order to determine what helps draw in automotive enthusiasts to that track.