Lone Star Grand Prix speeds into Lockhart
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One of the fastest competitions around will be speeding through the streets of Lockhart this weekend.
The Lone Star Grand Prix is bringing kart racers from around the nation and five foreign countries to the Barbecue Capital of Texas.
"If you like speed or adrenaline or anything like that, this is the place to be for the next two days," Rob Miller with Lone Star Grand Prix said.
Speed and adrenaline aren't words normally associated with Lockhart, but that will change Saturday.
"At times there will be 40 karts racing nearly 100 miles per hour into Turn 1," Miller said.
These racers aren't your run of the mill go karts. The super-charged karts can cost more than $10,000.
"These karts go from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, which is faster than a Corvette. They pull 3 Gs in the turns,” Miller said. “The shifter karts have a top speed of over 115 mph and all of this you're about a half inch off the ground."
The similarity to F1 is why driver Jesse Woodyard loves the competition.
“It's a blast,” Woodyard said. “I've been doing this for like seven years now and it's just absolutely a great time."
Woodyard says his ultimate goal is to compete a few miles north, at the area's other grand prix.
"I would love to race in Formula 1 one day," Woodyard said.
Practice laps through the streets of downtown Lockhart begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can see the complete schedule at LoneStarGrandPrix.us.