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$12 Million Motorsports complex planned for Americus


By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -  A new motor sports complex in Americus will bring new jobs and tax revenue to town.

The $12 million project announced this week could create more than 200 jobs.

You may not have heard of Star Racing but they have plans for a 450 acre plot across from South Georgia Technical College.

Jackie Bryce and her husband George moved the company to Americus from South Carolina.

"It's turned into a world wide company," said Jackie Bryce.

They've been racing and selling parts world-wide for decades. Now they want to make Americus a racing hub.

"It's created quite a buzz over the past week since it's been announced," said Angela Westra, Americus-Sumter Chamber.

Westra says the impact will be huge.

"We're looking at an economic impact of up to $75 million or more on an annual basis."

There are plans for garages, an amphitheater, a grandstand, and sky box seating.

"We're hoping by the end of 2011 we'll be able to start moving dirt," said Bryce.

The development is great news for the school across the street.

"The prospects for SGTC is to have people relocate to our county and they'll be able to train them," said Bryce.

The land has been rezoned, and they're finalizing the contract with the Americus-Sumter payroll development authority which owns the land.

"The next step is to secure the money we're doing it through some private investors, some banks have shown interest," said Bryce.

They say the effects for the final project will be far reaching.

"People are going to stay in motels, hotels, they're going to have to eat," said Bryce.

Plans for the Americus Motor Sports Complex also include a research and development technology park.

Click here to visit the Star Racing web site.

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