Company looks to bring go-kart racing to Biloxi

Company looks to bring go-kart racing to Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Fast action that's fun for everyone is what a developing group is looking to bring to a property on Highway 90 in Biloxi.

Heinrich and Associates, along with Moran and Associates, and the owner group ROK Cup Promotions, are looking to build a go-kart racing facility on McDonnell Boulevard.

"These aren't your everyday gasoline powered go-karts," said the facility's designer Bobby Heinrich. "These are high-performance mini race cars. Adults will be riding in the larger track, and then there's a smaller track for the younger folks."

Finish Line Go Kart track will host novice races during the week, and circuit type races on weekends, similar to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals first held in New Orleans in 2013. That was the first time the go-kart series held a championship in the U.S.

"It's like little individual race cars," said Heinrich. "They have to use certain type tires, certain type engines. There's things that they have to use that they're regulated by."

One concern brought up during the planning commission meeting was noise. Heinrich says that's not an issue.

"These cars have a system on it that keeps the noise to a minimum," he said. "You can carry on a conversation with 20 cars running at one time. There's no noise at all."

The facility will sit on a 14-acre site that will include an 8,500 square-foot clubhouse that can be used to special events, or just to watch the races.

"There's an upstairs room for corporate events, birthday parties, special events like that so that you can look out both sides," said Heinrich. "You can look to the beach, or you can look north towards the track and everybody will be able to view it from upstairs."

Developers will go before Biloxi city council on Tuesday to get a conditional use permit approved. They are hoping to open the Finishline Go Kart facility on March 1, 2018.

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