By Bob Turner
City of Lancaster Announces Sixth Annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
The City of Lancaster, SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA), and Lancaster Honda are once again all revved up to host the fastest street race in the west—the annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, September 26-28in the heart of downtown Lancaster.
“It’s hard to believe we’re already celebrating the sixth anniversary of this phenomenal event,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “With the partnership of SKUSA and Lancaster Honda, in only a few years, the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix has grown into the fastest street race in the west, drawing thousands of spectators. Last year, we welcomed nearly 150 professional drivers.”
SKUSA brought their top-notch professional event management to the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix in 2011, taking it from a local karting race to a SKUSA-sanctioned event. Powered by signature sponsor Lancaster Honda, this three-day event features not only professional go-kart racers from across the nation, showcasing their karting skills at adrenaline-pumping speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, but an incredible street festival as well.
The action starts Friday morning with a media race, and continues throughout the day with sponsor and partner qualifiers.On Saturday, the races kick into gear with the highly competitive community races—including the Mayor’s Gold Cup, Guns & Hoses, and the VIP BLVD Championship events—as well as a number of professional practice and qualifying events.Sunday brings on the professional circuit, where pro-racers will showcase their skills and abilities—vying for championship points and prize money as the California ProKart Challenge wraps up another exciting season.
In addition to offering an incredible kart-racing experience, the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix unleashes loads of lively entertainment, delicious food and fun children’s activities with its accompanying street festival on Saturday, noon - 10 p.m., and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.
Parents can rest assured that if the action on the pavement isn’t quite to the liking of their little ones, there will be plenty of fun-filled activities awaiting their tykes at this family-oriented event. Finding something good to eat is never a problem at the Festival. There are wonderful, unique restaurants lining both sides of The BLVD, as well as a variety of street vendors offering a hearty sampling of every type of delectable fare you can imagine at a street fair. From the savory to the sweet, you’ll find just the treat to satiate your appetite.
Many arts and crafts vendors will also be on hand, offering opportunities to shop for unique gifts and novelties. And no City of Lancaster festival would be the same without a cruise-in car show. Coordinated by Gary Avant of All Things Engravable, the tricked-out oldies, but goodies, along with the more modern head-turning rides, will roll in on Saturday for all to peruse and appreciate.
“Whether you’re enjoying the electrifying, white-knuckled high speeds of the professional races, the fierce-but-friendly rivalry of the community races, or the family-friendly street festival activities and entertainment; the Grand Prix is always a unique, exciting and unforgettable experience,” added Ronda Perez, Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts.
For more information, visit www.streetsoflancaster.com.