Remember DiMeo Said No to NASCAR

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spletch

AOL

#1 Feb 12, 2010
Remember several years ago a large developer from California wanted to build a NASCAR racetrack at the former base. The problem with this is that DiMeo said it did not fit his vision for the base. The problem was they had their own funding and would have prospered and brought in millions to our area. This is not about the public, it is about Steve DiMeo.
Fed Up

Auburn, NY

#2 Feb 12, 2010
spletch wrote:
Remember several years ago a large developer from California wanted to build a NASCAR racetrack at the former base. The problem with this is that DiMeo said it did not fit his vision for the base. The problem was they had their own funding and would have prospered and brought in millions to our area. This is not about the public, it is about Steve DiMeo.
I said it then and I'll say it again: The beaurocrats CAN'T STAND the idea of a bigger fish coming in calling the shots and stealing the show. Just look at how they treated the OIN. If they can't boss people around and cut themselves into the deals they say no.

Also, I wonder how that idiot DeMeo's lofty "vision" for the base looks now that it's going to be a ghost town.
CNY Super Park

New York, NY

#4 Feb 15, 2010
What a ton of $$ and jobs a race park would bring to our area.

Could make use of it all year round, sleds and ice racing in the winter months.

A crying shame for a race fan, boo-hoo.
Just a note

Utica, NY

#5 Feb 16, 2010
for the record, NASCAR was never coming here. The France family ( which owns NASCAR ) also owns a controlling interest in Watkins Glen ( about 60 miles from here.

They would never build another track down the street from the one they already own. The France family also controls the NASCAR calendar.

No body would invest 80 - 120 million dollars in a new track unless they had a promise of cup race date for the track.

The France family would not give that date then compete with itself down the road.

That is why the track neer materialized. It had nothing to do with EDGE
CNY Super Park

New York, NY

#6 Feb 16, 2010
I would say the glen is @ least 125mi. away and maybe a race park would go way of like the utica aud. 5500 seat arena and no concerts to speak of.
black

New York, NY

#7 Feb 16, 2010
wrong private investers were willing to put up 500 million of their own money to build that dream no grants or state investments
sometimes

Auburn, NY

#8 Feb 16, 2010
Just a note wrote:
for the record, NASCAR was never coming here. The France family ( which owns NASCAR ) also owns a controlling interest in Watkins Glen ( about 60 miles from here.
They would never build another track down the street from the one they already own. The France family also controls the NASCAR calendar.
No body would invest 80 - 120 million dollars in a new track unless they had a promise of cup race date for the track.
The France family would not give that date then compete with itself down the road.
That is why the track neer materialized. It had nothing to do with EDGE
Didn't they say something like this when the Oneida Nation wanted a PGA event,sometimes it pays to persist
Steve jobs

New York, NY

#9 Mar 23, 2013
Cny is a great place for a nano center. Lots of scientists and engineers live here. Lmfao
Bveld

Utica, NY

#10 Mar 23, 2013
Just a note wrote:
for the record, NASCAR was never coming here. The France family ( which owns NASCAR ) also owns a controlling interest in Watkins Glen ( about 60 miles from here.
They would never build another track down the street from the one they already own. The France family also controls the NASCAR calendar.
No body would invest 80 - 120 million dollars in a new track unless they had a promise of cup race date for the track.
The France family would not give that date then compete with itself down the road.
That is why the track neer materialized. It had nothing to do with EDGE
J A N, Spletches point was that "Dim" E O Said that Nascar didn't fit his vision. His FAT ASS team member Roanne Destito was also a FAT negative to anything good that could have come our way by private investors.
I specifically remember that she said "I voted no because I don't know anything about racing"
Eventually Cuomo's type will finish off what's left of Herkimer County too. J M O
Imagine

Waterville, NY

#11 Mar 23, 2013
What if NASCAR was at griffis and every thing at griffis was at Oneida county airport .We would be flush with jobs and would justify 840 leading to somewhere..Edge should be renamed WEDGE ,Wedge to hold door shut for progress!
Freebie the Bean

Verona, NY

#12 Mar 23, 2013
"Fed Up" brings up a good point about whose control it would be. The local leaders want a hand in running everything here including having a "family & friends" plan to place their people in high-level jobs. I'm not a NASCAR fan but I think it would've put this area on the map bigtime. Imagine an oval like Daytona right there at the Griffiss Park, site of the Griffiss 500...
metrosexual

Syracuse, NY

#13 Mar 23, 2013
We don't have an air traffic controll tower anymore ! WTF! I guess Tony Picente doesn't have a Chuck Schumer connection anymore .
Getitright

Columbus, OH

#14 Mar 23, 2013
metrosexual wrote:
We don't have an air traffic controll tower anymore ! WTF! I guess Tony Picente doesn't have a Chuck Schumer connection anymore .
Efge has done a lot for community.
Sarah

Schenectady, NY

#16 Nov 3, 2014
metrosexual wrote:
We don't have an air traffic controll tower anymore ! WTF! I guess Tony Picente doesn't have a Chuck Schumer connection anymore .
Dimeo is dumbeo

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