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Atlanta Motorsports Park
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Atlanta Motorsports Park
Location Dawson County, Dawsonville, Georgia, United States
Time zone UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Coordinates 34°26′05″N 84°10′37″W / 34.43472°N 84.17694°W / 34.43472; -84.17694Coordinates: 34°26′05″N 84°10′37″W / 34.43472°N 84.17694°W / 34.43472; -84.17694
Owner Jeremy W. Porter
Architect Hermann Tilke
Major Events Optima Batteries Chump Car World Series
The Road Circuit
Surface Asphalt
Circuit Length 2 mi (3.2186 km)
Turns 16
Lap Record 1:15.89 (Bruce Roch, West Race Cars, 2013, West WX10)
Kart Circuit
Surface Asphalt
Circuit Length .85 mi (1.368 km)
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Driver Development Centre - 7.5% slope "Ice Hill" and 200 foot Skid Pad
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Picture of the straight, turns 16 to 8 and part of the kart circuit

Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) is home to two driving circuits in the North Georgia mountains. Designed by Formula One architect Hermann Tilke, Atlanta Motorsports Park's two-mile main road course was recently voted one of the Top 10 Tracks in North America by Road & Track Magazine. The park is known for the aggressive elevation changes and technical layout. Atlanta Motorsports Park has two “signature” corners as a tribute to Europe's road circuits – Belgium's Spa-Francochamps and Germany's Nurburgring. In close proximity to the main circuit, Atlanta Motorsports Park's Driver Development Center has an on-site skid pad and an ice hill, providing a place to test in both wet and dry conditions. Atlanta Motorsports Park's second circuit is a professional kart circuit built to CIK Level A/1 Standards. It is .83 miles in length and has 43 feet of elevation changes.

History

Jeremy W. Porter is the creator and CEO of Atlanta Motorsports Park. Porter began as a driver in Formula ICC kart racing and went on to win two consecutive Southeastern Points Championships. Jeremy Porter saw the business potential in creating his own track; consequently, AMP was created.

The first official race at AMP was the Inaugural ChumpCar World Series Race in November 2013.

Road circuit description

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Circuit facing side of conference 21,000 square foot conference centre

AMP's road circuit consists of a two mile long track that was designed by Formula One track architect Hermann Tilke. The track consists of 16 turns and 98 feet of elevation changes throughout the course. To accommodate all driver skill levels, the circuit can be configured in several different ways and can host up to three simultaneous events. Two famous corners have also been incorporated into the track: Spa-Francorchamp's corner of Eau Rouge and the famous Carousel corner from Germany's Nürburgring track.

Kart circuit

AMP's kart circuit is a 0.85 mi (1.368 km) long track that can be divided into four separate tracks and allows up to three simultaneous events at once. The track was built to meet CIK Level A standards and the full course has 43 feet of elevation changes. It is known around the world to have the most radical elevation changes of any kart track in the world.

AMP hosts a few different kart races including Endurance Karting, WKA, Chump Car, SCCA, NASA, World Racing League, ProCup Karting League, member racing series, time trials, and the Public Karting Racing Series.

In the media

In 2013 AMP was featured on an episode of MotoMan when George J. Notaras (MotoMan) interviewed the Vice President of Marketing for Cadillac, Don Butler, and drove a Cadillac ATS around the track.

Motor trend's Wide Open Throttle drove and reviewed the 2013 Cadillac ATS at the road circuit where the article and video was then posted on July 26, 2012.

A commercial for the Ford Escape EcoBoost challenge that aired in March 2013 was filmed at the road circuit.

CNN Money filmed a segment at the road circuit on the Aston Martin Rapide S that aired in June 2013.

AMP was also a part of Taste of Speed's Rally For CURE 2013, a charity driving event that started at Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta and ended at Atlanta Motorsports Park. The event was created to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer, 2013 was its inaugural year.

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