Officials hope a new event will help the economy and bring more attention to the City of Martinsville.
The first ever Martinsville Grand Prix is taking shape. The race features high-speed go-carts competing on a half-mile long street course downtown.
National Kart News editor and hopeful racer Mike Burrell said these types of races are good for the community.
“These kind of races are awesome for the fans. The town can get involved. There’s going to be racers from all over the Midwest come in to this. Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and maybe even some from Michigan,” he said.
Race officials say there are about 150 entries with 15 classes based on age, weight and engine sizes.
Race liaison Terry Buster said the town hopes to reap about $1 million in economic benefits from the race.
“It’ll bring outside people to Martinsville, not only downtown, but hopefully the hotels, the motels, the eateries, the shops around the square especially. Just let people know that we are friendly here,” said Buster.
The race is scheduled for May 21st and 22nd.