Inverness Grand Prix is this weekend!


(Kimberly Kelly) #1

It’s an event that has seen phenomenal growth in the last few years and is expected to draw kart drivers from across the United States once again.

The 2018 Inverness Grand Prix is Saturday, November 17 for drivers hoping to conquer the city streets of Inverness in this annual street race.

Last year the event saw competitor numbers more than doubled from previous years with drivers traveling from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and New Jersey to test their skills on this unique race course.

“A number of competitors return to the Grand Prix year after year,” Joe Wigley said. “Many consider it the highlight of their racing season.”

Wigley is the promoter for the Affordable Karting Club that competes every Friday night at Citrus County Speedway during their normal stock car racing season and a supporter of the Inverness Grand Prix.

The Inverness Grand Prix is a challenging 3/8-mile street race course that consists of five turns, and a 680-foot back stretch where speeds have been clocked in excess of 70 miles per hour. To add to the challenge, racers must contend with manhole covers and crosswalks as they maneuver throughout the course.

“Their reasons vary,” Wigley said of the event. “Many believe is a great event in a great town.”

He also pointed out that, “Others are quick to point out the unique experience of a ‘street race’ and the fact that it is in front of a great crowd is an exhilarating one. It is just plain something special.”

“This, in part, explains the growth of the event as local competitors are always willing to spread the word to numerous first-time participants,” he said. :They are quick to relate what a fun time they had and how they plan to return with friends in tow.”

Hosted by the City of Inverness, the Eighth Annual Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsports Festival is a two-day event that includes the Spazmatics on stage Friday for a two-hour concert on the Old Courthouse Square, and Saturday’s race that winds through the downtown district lined with 600 hay bales and 120 airport barriers as fans, karting enthusiasts and pros alike cheer on their favorite drivers to the finish.

Proceeds from the Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsports Festival benefit our local Filter Youth Development which provides local children and families with mentoring build strong healthy relationships.

“The Inverness Grand Prix is an exhilarating weekend with fun for the whole family. It’s truly unique to Inverness. In fact, it is the only karting street race in the southeastern U.S.”, states Sharon Skeele-Hogan, Director of Special Events for the City.

Wigley added that an out-of-state competitor liked the Inverness Grand Prix enough that he bought a home here.

“That pretty much says it all,” he said.

For more information or to register for this year’s Inverness Grand Prix visit www.InvernessGrandPrix.com or call (352) 341-7820.