The Green County Fiscal Court gave its blessing Friday to a man hoping to turn his love of motorsports into a major attraction for Green County.
Brandon Curry plans to build a go-kart track near Donansburg with the intentions of drawing racers from all over the southeast.
“We are planning on building a quarter-mile track and have bleachers and concession stands,” he said. “We want as many people as we can there and I think it will be good for the county, especially for people who may want to get into something sports-wise, but may not want to play basketball or baseball.”
The track is planned for property in a secluded area of the county on Mitchell Cemetery Road. Curry said he has spoken with adjacent property owners and they approve of the endeavor.
Curry, who has been racing 12 years and has traveled extensively to races, said the plan is to race Saturdays and he projects a minimum of 30 karts, and perhaps many more, in multiple classes.
“If we throw up the money, they will come from everywhere,” he said. “We are planning on making it pretty big. It’s not just going to be a Saturday night play pen.”
The plan, Curry said, is to hold races for classes including stock and limited.
“Anything that has enough karts to run,” he said. “We want to eventually start pulling guys from the Carolinas, Georgia and getting them in the area,”
Curry said the track will likely open for racing in late June.
Magistrate Andrew Parson, R-1st, who operated a go-kart track at the Green County Cattlemen’s Agriculture Exposition Center until a couple of years ago, said he thinks the project has potential.
“It is similar to what I was doing, but I think he is going to be on a bigger scale, with a bigger track and it will pull in people from a lot of areas, including out of state,” he said. “This is an expensive operation and he needs all the support we can give him, but anytime you can bring people into our county, it is a good thing.”
Fiscal Court approval of the plan was required under the county’s entertainment ordinance. A public hearing was held Friday prior to the unanimous vote. No one spoke against the proposal.