Meridian and Ada County Highway District officials want more information before contemplating a three-day Indy Racing League event that would have cars speeding through Meridian streets at 200 mph.
The Meridian Grand Prix is in its preliminary phase, but organizer Warren Busse of Boise envisions an annual race with the inaugural event in the summer of 2014.
He said he still needs to secure sponsors and authorization from the IRL before he can bring a formal proposal to the city and ACHD. Both must sign off on an event that would close city streets for up to three days.
Busse envisions the inaugural race taking place on a roughly two-mile circuit along Main Street, Franklin Road, Adkins Way, Watertower Lane and Corporate Drive.
An IRL-sanctioned event would bring tens of thousands of people to the Valley and would be nationally and internationally televised, Busse told ACHD commissioners Wednesday during a presentation.
Busse said comparable events in Long Beach, Calif., and Baltimore bring up to 150,000 spectators who spend about $40 million in the community.
Busse put together a community advisory board comprising Winston Moore, John Jackson, Michael Mooney, Peter Oliver, Jim Everett, Davey Hamilton, Brian Ballard and Meridian City Councilman Keith Bird.
"This is not a flight of fancy," Busse told ACHD. "The Treasure Valley is big enough for such an event."
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell