Atlanta Motorsports Park

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Atlanta Motorsports Park
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Atlanta Motorsports Park
LocationDawson County, Dawsonville, Georgia, United States
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Coordinates34°26′05″N 84°10′37″W / 34.43472°N 84.17694°W / 34.43472; -84.17694Coordinates: 34°26′05″N 84°10′37″W / 34.43472°N 84.17694°W / 34.43472; -84.17694
OwnerJeremy W. Porter
ArchitectHermann Tilke
Major eventsOptima Batteries Chump Car World Series
The Road Circuit
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2 mi (3.2186 km)
Turns16
Race lap record1:15.89 (Bruce Roch, West Race Cars, 2013, West WX10)
Kart Circuit
SurfaceAsphalt
Length.85 mi (1.368 km)
Driver Development Centre - 7.5% slope "Ice Hill" and 200 foot Skid Pad
Picture of the straight, turns 16 to 8 and part of the kart circuit

Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) is home to two driving circuits in the North Georgia mountains. Designed by Formula One architect Herman Tilke, Atlanta Motorsports Park's two-mile main road course was recently voted one of the Top 10 Tracks in North America by Road & Track Magazine. The park is known for the aggressive elevation changes and technical layout. Atlanta Motorsports Park has two “signature” corners as a tribute to Europe’s road circuits – Belgium’s Spa-Francochamps and Germany’s Nurburgring. In close proximity to the main circuit, Atlanta Motorsports Park’s Driver Development Center has an on-site skid pad and an ice hill, providing a place to test in both wet and dry conditions. Atlanta Motorsports Park's second circuit is a professional kart circuit built to CIK Level A/1 Standards. It is .83 miles in length and has 43 feet of elevation changes.[1]

History[edit]

Jeremy W. Porter is the creator and CEO of Atlanta Motorsports Park. Porter began as a driver in Formula ICC kart racing and went on to win two consecutive Southeastern Points Championships. Jeremy Porter saw the business potential in creating his own track; consequently, AMP was created.[2]

The first official race at AMP was the Inaugural ChumpCar World Series Race in November 2013.[3][4]

Road circuit description[edit]

Picture of circuit from turns 12 to 15
Circuit facing side of conference 21,000 square foot conference centre

AMP's road circuit consists of a two mile long track that was designed by Formula One track architect Hermann Tilke. The track consists of 16 turns and 98 feet of elevation changes throughout the course. To accommodate all driver skill levels, the circuit can be configured in several different ways and can host up to three simultaneous events. Two famous corners have also been incorporated into the track: Spa-Francorchamp's corner of Eau Rouge and the famous Carousel corner from Germany’s Nürburgring track.[5]

Kart circuit[edit]

AMP's kart circuit is a .85 mile long track that can be divided into four separate tracks and allows up to three simultaneous events at once. The track was built to meet CIK Level A standards and the full course has 43 feet of elevation changes. It is known around the world to have the most radical elevation changes of any kart track in the world.[6]

AMP hosts a few different kart races including Endurance Karting, WKA, Chump Car, SCCA, NASA, World Racing League, ProCup Karting League, member racing series, time trials, and the Public Karting Racing Series.[7]

In the media[edit]

In 2013 AMP was featured on an episode of MotoMan when George J. Notaras (MotoMan) interviewed the Vice President of Marketing for Cadillac, Don Butler, and drove a Cadillac ATS around the track. [8]

Motor trend's Wide Open Throttle drove and reviewed the 2013 Cadillac ATS at the road circuit where the article and video was then posted on July 26, 2012.[9][10]

A commercial for the Ford Escape EcoBoost challenge that aired in March 2013 was filmed at the road circuit.[11]

CNN Money filmed a segment at the road circuit on the Aston Martin Rapide S that aired in June 2013.[12]

AMP was also a part of Taste of Speed's Rally For CURE 2013, a charity driving event that started at Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta and ended at Atlanta Motorsports Park.[13] The event was created to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer, 2013 was its inaugural year.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Road Circuit". atlantamotorsports.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Jeremy Porter - Biography" (PDF). atlantamotorsportspark.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Chump Car Track List". ChumpCar International LLC. Archived from the original on February 7, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "Inaugural CHUMP CAR World Series Race Nov. 2013 Report". atlantamotorsportspark. November 6, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Atlanta Motorsports Park - Track Review". Source Interlink Media. July 20, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Kart Curcuit". atlantamotorsportspark.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kart/Mini/Autocross". atlantamotorsportspark.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "2013 Cadillac ATS on the Track!". Kythira Studios. August 2, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Ayapana, Erick (July 26, 2012). "Wide Open Throttle Drives the 2013 Cadillac ATS, Production Starts Toda". Motor Trend Magazine, Source Interlink Media. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Cadillac ATS First Drive - Wide Open Throttle Episode 26". youtube.com, Motor Trend Channel. July 26, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Ford Eco Boost Challenge TV Spot, 'Motor Trend'". iSpot.tv, Inc. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  12. ^ Bassett, Abigail. "Aston Martin's practical supercar". CNN Money. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "Rally for Cure 2013". atlantamotorsportspark.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  14. ^ "Rally For CURE". Taste of Speed. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.

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External links[edit]

  • ^ "Speed Calculation" (PDF).