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Grand Prix of Karting to be streamed live; Indy Car to be on hand

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 9:00 am Updated: Jun. 6, 2018 11:37 am

QUINCY -- This weekend's return of the Grand Prix of Karting to South Park will be streamed live on YouTube.

There will also be a "special guest" -- an Indy car -- for the crowd to enjoy, thanks to Gateway Motosports Park in St. Louis.

Grand Prix Director Terry Traeder and Brian Kroeger, Culver-Stockton College marketing and public relations coordinator, made the joint announcement Tuesday about the livestreaming. Details are still being completed, but race fans will be able to enjoy Saturday and Sunday action on YouTube, either live or later.

Both Traeder and Kroeger praised the work of Adams Networks in helping make such a transmission possible.

"I can't thank Adams enough for their assistance in a project like this," Traeder said. "This kind of technology was not even available when we used to hold this."

Kroeger said the project will be a "great experience" for the Culver-Stockton students who will be involved with the production.

"We'll have a staff of about six involved," he said. "It should be exciting."

Growing entry list

By Wednesday morning, the entry list of karters was 240, representing 15 states -- Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas.

"I think we have a good chance of hitting the 250 mark before we cut off the entries," Traeder said.

The last year the Grand Prix was held during its first run was 2001, with 130 karts. The record for entries is 625, established during the heyday of the event's original 32-year run.

The Grand Prix of Karting returns to South Park after a 17-year absence.

Indy car

Gateway Motosports Park in St. Louis is providing a 2018 Indy car for fans to enjoy. The car is scheduled to be at the south end of the course, Traeder said.

"Chris Blair from Gateway Motosports Park is bringing the Indy car for display and will also be doing drawings for free NASCAR truck tickets," he said.

Saturday will feature practice and time trials, topped by three finals late Saturday afternoon.

The big day for action will be Sunday, when most of the afternoon will be filled with 11 different finals. That follows a morning of practice and timing.

Pruett itinerary

Scott Pruett, special guest of the Grand Prix, will be arriving Friday in Quincy and be on hand at South Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Pruett is a member of the Motorsports and World Karting halls of fame. The two-time IndyCar winner also won three Sports Car Club of America championships, five Grand-Am Rolex titles and a pair of International Race of Champions events.

Pruett also dabbled in NASCAR, winning four poles and earning four top-five finishes.

Over the course of a 50-year career in racing, Pruett posted 88 victories in numerous disciplines.

Grand Prix of Karting schedule

Saturday

8:30 a.m.: Warm-up sessions.

10:30 a.m.: Timed practices.

4 p.m.: Finals begin for Sprint Yamaha Heavy, Spring Briggs 206 Heavy, Sprint Margay Ignite.

Sunday

8 a.m. Practice by class.

Noon: Finals begin for Briggs 206 Medium, Yamaha Medium, Margay Ignite, Yamaha Masters/Super Masters, 80cc Shifter, Briggs 206 Heavy, Vintage, Margay Ignite Masters, Briggs Masters/Super Masters, Yamaha Heavy, 125cc Shifter.

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