City of Lockhart hosts Lone Star Grand Prix

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on March 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

LOCKHART, TX -- Lockhart is known as the Bar-B-Que capitol of Texas, but this weekend people aren't in town for the ribs. It's all about the go karts.

"This is just wild," said Lockhart Mayor Lew White. 

The city is hosting the second annual Texas Lone Star Grand Prix.

"We have racers from Abu Dhabi, Columbia, Mexico. And then I think I have 18 states here today too,"  said Texas Lone Star Grand Prix, Inc. Vice President Rob Miller.

Last year race fans gathered in Dallas, but fans seem to be pleased with Lockhart. 

"This has been really neat. Everybody in town's been very nice," said Judy Bartley who is visiting from Midland, Texas.

The city is rolling out the red carpet for the out of towners who are expected to spend about $250,000 over the weekend.

"We've got a little southern music going on tonight, we've got the best bar-b-que in the world and just a little bit of southern hospitality here," said White. "Lots of smiles, lots of hand shakes, lots of help."

Lots of help to transform historic downtown Lockhart into a street track.

"Racing on a street is a lot more exciting. There's fans everywhere that want to watch and ask you questions," said 160year old driver Joseph Taylor.

The go karts can go from 0 mph to 60 mph in less than four seconds and they'll reach speeds of up to 100 mph. With cars that go that fast, organizers say smooth streets are a necessity and Lockhart's roads were a top selling point when they were looking for places to hold the race.

"When you look at the streets of Lockhart," said Miller, "I brought a bunch of drivers down here and said 'hey guys, what do you think? Ladies, what do you think?' And they're like, 'this place is amazing.'"

"I like the roundabouts. It'll be a fun track once we get gripped down and we can actually get going," said driver Tyler Fling.

The drivers will really "get going" Sunday for the championship race. The free event starts at 11:00 am and is expected to last until 2:30om. The awards ceremony will begin at 3:00 pm.

Click here for more information on the Lone Star Grand Prix

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