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Yucatán's first race course is about to open. Photo: Courtesy
Yucatán’s first race course is about to open. Photo: Courtesy

After three years of construction, the Autodromo Yucatán is almost ready. It will be the first professional racetrack of its kind in the Southeast.

After a soft opening in December, the speedway will open officially in February 2017, owners say.

The speedway is off the Mérida-Progreso highway. Map: Courtesy
The speedway is off the Mérida-Progreso highway. Map: Courtesy

Autodromo Yucatán is located on land near Paraíso, at kilometer 24 of the Merida-Progreso highway. It’s builder is Javier Montero Azuara, a Veracruzao businessman based in Yucatán.

The track, at 3.5 kilometers long and 15 meters wide, is designed for Nascar-type competitions, but will begin with Formula 4 — for more junior drivers — and motorcycle races.

Speeds of 260 kilometers per hour will be possible on the main straight, which measures 750 meters. It will be the only circuit in Mexico illuminated for night running.

A rendering of a fully realized Autodromo.
A rendering of a fully realized Autodromo.

At first, portable bleachers will accommodate visitors until a grandstand is built. 

The speedway will cost about 51 million pesos, according to the owner. This first stage has cost 20 million pesos.

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