Coleman A. Young International... Raceway?
Aaron Foley at Jalopnik pointed out that old Detroit City Airport, now Coleman A. Young International Airport, one-time Southwest Airlines hub and current occasional municipal airfield and Road & Track test facility, is going on the block to try and raise money for the bankrupt Motor City. Not surprisingly, I’m of the mind that this would be a perfect opportunity to turn the airport into a permanent motorsport and testing facility. Of course it would take a fair bit of money to refurbish all that pavement, but how does this look for a long course?
The Motown Mile layout would be completely integrated into the three-mile-long track, with wide enough spaces on those runways to allow for those closely opposed, almost logarithmic, corner combinations. Pitlane would run along that back taxiway, with the paddock area unsurprisingly replacing the terminal, etc.
The best part is that while ordinarily the idea of putting a race track in the middle of a neighborhood would be a terrible idea, this is counteracted by the fact that the site was previously an airport, which is noisy enough as-is.
In any case, this is a neat thought-pattern. Anyone with a seven or eight or nine figure sum of money to spare?