Rocky Moran Jr. busy off season

Moran name starting a tradition of their own. As the silly season is in progress, Toyota Atlantic driver Rocky Moran Jr. has been keeping busy in the off season, not only planning for next season, but for the opening of a new Go-Kart track in ...

Moran name starting a tradition of their own.

As the silly season is in progress, Toyota Atlantic driver Rocky Moran Jr. has been keeping busy in the off season, not only planning for next season, but for the opening of a new Go-Kart track in Southern California owned and operated by him and his father, former CART driver, Rocky Moran Sr.

The Moran's are taking the same route as other drivers have done in starting their own Karting track.

"About five years ago, my dad got the idea to start a Go-Kart track in Southern California," says the 22-year-old Moran Jr. "There is a demand for newer tracks in this area because there are only a few operating, but they are outdated. So we pondered the idea of building a state of the art track to keep the sport of Go-Karting in demand with a goal to increase the popularity of the sport in this selected area."

Finding a location to build a track was the Moran's toughest struggle. There are not many areas in Southern California that will accomodate the operation of a Go-Kart track. However, the city of Beaumont in California approved their proposal about a month ago and the Moran's have been working hard to get their track up and running ever since.

In hopes to build a unique Go-Kart track, Moran Jr. and his father have been traveling to several different tracks all over California. Moran Jr. has kept sharp with his driving skills despite finishing his season last month by driving all these tracks himself.

Along with viewing and testing out the tracks, the Moran's have met with track designers and people in the communities about different aspects of the tracks.

"We are just trying to be as thorough as we can to develop a track that has all the needs of a driver to make an interesting, yet challenging course to race on," says Moran Jr.

"Having a track with diverse corners, along with a great passing opportunities and long straight-aways is our goal and something that Southern California really needs."

One of the exclusive features about the Moran's track is the different elevation change. The pit lane will have an estimated 300 hundred stalls available for parking. The track will be a mile long, with FIA (Federation Internationale de L'Automobile) style curving built to FIA speculations. The track sits at 2300 feet with an amazing view of the mountains.

Long terms plans include putting in a restaurant and a shop. The Morans would like to then integrate corporate events and a race school along with the regular operation of the track.

But, for now, Moran Jr. and his father are going to work on the opening of the track and sit tight for about a year to get some of their investments back before adding more features to the track.

"I hope that everyone will come, I know that they will have a great time there," says Moran. "We have found a great location being a half-mile of the freeway. I am not sure what the name of it will be; we were thinking something like Moran Raceway."

As the time for the grand opening approaches at the end of January 2003, Moran Jr. plans to spend all of his time at the track when not working on his own race career for the upcoming 2003 season.

-rmr-

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Series Atlantic , Kart
Drivers Rocky Moran Jr. , Rocky Moran