2010 04 werockaz How Loud Can You Rev YOUR Engine?

Arizona Motorsports Park in Goodyear is about to test their noise levels to see if they comply with the Maricopa County racetrack rules.  My question: can ANYONE come rev up their engines to help test?  Sounds FUN!

(Courtesy of Eddi TrevizoArizona Republic)

A highly debated raceway track is poised to begin testing noise levels by the first week of November.

Arizona Motorsports Park, 15402 W. Camelback Road, must run four trial operations to test sound emissions before Nov. 7. Under an agreement with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, racetrack owners must keep noise below 92 decibels or 99 decibels, depending on the location within the track. Officials said the noise levels should be comparable to ambient noise created by lawn mowers or road traffic.

Residents in PebbleCreek and Palm Valley Phase 5 in Goodyear are waiting to see if any noise can be heard from the racetrack.

“I didn’t know there was a racetrack. I’m here all the time and I haven’t heard anything,” said Deanna Catron, a four-year resident at Palm Valley Phase 5.

Other residents said noises from jets at Luke Air Force Base would likely drown out any other sounds.

“Jets are more of a concern (than the park),” said Stephanie Rogers, who lives south of the base and racetrack near Camelback Road and Sarival Avenue. “We always leave our windows open and we’re outside in the evenings. We haven’t heard anything yet.”

Goodyear city officials have protested the racetrack reopening, citing concerns for property owners in areas surrounding the racetrack despite new sound regulations.

“We want to wait and see until they become operational. I’m very concerned about the racetrack and am still opposed to it,” said Mayor Jim Cavanaugh.

The racetrack opened in 2003 but was closed following complaints of excessive noise, which prompted county supervisors to revoke the facility’s special-use permit. At the time, the raceway had no regulations regarding noise levels and residents complained the noise was continuous and disruptive. The racetrack was approved for reopening in August 2009 by a state Court of Appeals.

Since then, supervisors and racetrack owners have hashed out several regulations that monitor operations at the track.

Under the agreement, if more than 12 violations occur, officials can close the track for 30 days. Other agreements call for fines up to $10,000 if violations continue or revoking the track’s special-use permit.


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