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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brittney Miller, (209) 571-5515
Release Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 11:30:00 AM

Details Begin to Take Shape for First Modesto Grand Prix

With less than 90 days to go, the Modesto Grand Prix, presented by Save Mart Supermarkets, is shaping up to be one of Modesto’s biggest events yet! The City of Modesto will be hosting the 2014 Pro Tour Summer Nationals presented by Superkarts!USA (SKUSA) and has already attracted several big sponsorships and factory karting teams from all around the world.

Approximately 300 drivers accompanied by their teams and families will descend upon Modesto on Friday August 1, to race through the downtown at speeds of up to 100 mph.  The race course is approximately one-mile long and will require three and half miles of temporary fencing.  Race fans will be able to see the action up close and enjoy the surrounding festival.

The Formula 1 style race will include two pedestrian crossover bridges, giving attendees the freedom to move around the expo and over the race course. There are several anticipated zones, including: a family zone in the Tenth Street Plaza; an amazing car show echoing Modesto’s rich automotive and classic car history; vendors (both non- and for-profit); food booths; beer/soda stations, and a VIP area. There will also be a fan interaction zone featuring the 51Fifty Energy Drink NASCAR hauler and race cars. A live feed of the race will be broadcast onto three large LED walls, which, along with the installation of more than 190 concert-style speakers, will require approximately nine miles of cable!

The gates will open at noon both Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, with the races expected to last well into the evening. Blueline Rentals’ sponsorship includes 80 sets of construction lights which will light up the festival and race course at night for those who come to enjoy the race without the heat of the late-summer sun.

The success of this event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors which include the title sponsor, Save Mart Supermarkets, and major sponsor’s 51-Fifty Energy Drink, Blue Line Rentals, Taco Bell, DoubleTree Hotel, Budweiser, Sunny Valley Smoked Meats, SC Fuels, North Modesto Kiwanis and Bertolotti Disposal. For a complete list of sponsors or to become an event partner, please visit

Pre-sale tickets go on sale June 1 for $10 per person and will be available online at* or at any of the following locations:

·         Modesto City Hall – 1010 Tenth Street, Modesto

o   2nd Floor - Customer Service Counter, Windows 4 and 5

o   4th Floor - Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department Guest Services

·         Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau – 1150 9th Street, Suite C, Modesto

·         Gallo Center for the Arts* - 1000 I Street, Modesto and*

*Convenience Fee Applies

As details for the event are finalized, they will be posted online at



About SuperKarts USA!

Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) is the premier sanctioning body for high-performance kart racing in North America. SKUSA is focused on developing kart racing into a true professional motorsport that makes every effort to meet the needs of kart racers in North America. SKUSA is also the sport’s leading promotional body, having featured professional kart racing to a global audience on television, on-line, in print, and on various web sites.