RACE CAR DRIVERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR MOORESVILLE MOTORPLEX KARTING TRACK AND FACILITY
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 11, 2010) -- Professional race car drivers Michael McDowell and Justin Marks have partnered together to develop a state-of-the-art, outdoor go-karting track near Charlotte, N.C. under the Mooresville Motorplex name that will host local, national, and international karting events starting in 2011.
The track, to be located in Mooresville, N.C.'s Mazeppa Park, will offer kart and part sales, open practice, entry-level training programs and schools, on-site garage rentals, and host corporate and group events. The track and facility is tentatively scheduled to open in 2011 and will be the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina. Mooresville, touted as Race City USA, is home to many race teams and racing-related businesses, especially within NASCAR.
"Mooresville Motorplex will offer an exciting and rewarding experience for the entire family in a safe, fun, and affordable way," said McDowell, who worked his way up the racing ranks from karting to NASCAR. "It makes sense for the biggest motorsports community in America to have a facility like the Mooresville Motorplex that offers racing's most accessible and affordable entry-point."
Plans for the 32-acre site are currently in design and development with engineering and architecture firms. McDowell and Marks' DryLake Entertainment LLC were granted a Conditional Use Permit by the Town of Mooresville on June 7, clearing them to proceed with the development.
"The Mooresville Motorplex will add to the area's growing recreation opportunities and be another great catalyst to bring more economic development to the Mooresville and the Lake Norman area," added Marks.
McDowell and Marks both live north of Charlotte in the Lake Norman area and continue to drive karts as enthusiasts. McDowell competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the No. 81 car for MacDonald Motorsports. Marks currently competes full time in ARCA for Win-Tron Racing, and has experience in NASCAR, Grand Am Rolex Car Series, and the American Le Mans Series.