Track Update – June 2011

A group met on 5/31/11 to review the status of membership commitments to date, and to discuss future plans to make the track a reality.

Several people have offered a contribution range they have committed to the track. Taking the high side of the commitments since Feb. 1, 2011 gives us $443,000 available.
We have 26 people committed as members to date. 19 of these are at the $10,000 level. 7 of them are at more than $10,000.

  • We have a number of prospects/potential members of who have said “build it and I will come”.
  • We think there will be a wave of new members once the track opens.
  • We need about 20 more people committed before we are willing to sign the final lease and begin final plans & permitting. The approval we got from Smyrna Zoning in late 2010 is good until about Dec 15, 2011 without seeking re-approval.
  • Track costs are best estimated at this time at about $250-275,000.
  • Costs for the building are estimated at about $200-250,000.
  • I feel strongly that we need a rental kart fleet of at least 10 karts – $70,000 +/-.
  • I will not sign the lease unless we have some amount to cover lease payments for about 5 years – $100,000
  • Based on the numbers above, we need to get to about $650-700,000 in commitments by early September 2011 so we would be able to prepare plans & work on permits before the expiration of the zoning approval in mid-December 2011.
  • We have tried for press & TV publicity but have been told we need a “groundbreaking/dirt moving” photo to get any real press.
  • I was able to meet and talk to Dario Franchitti briefly on 6/4/11 about the track – we are working to see if he will support us by lending his name to the effort and thus helping to get local media coverage.

Things that need to happen:

  • Reach out to all car & racing people in middle Tennessee in about a 2 hour radius from Nashville.
  • We are working to arrange a “kart test day” for people to try a kart that have never had the chance – may arrange it at the Nashville Superspeedway parking lot.
  • Need to get the word out to music business “car people” and people involved with the Fairgrounds track.
  • Steve Long’s son may be willing to help recruit members this summer on a commission basis.
  • We have hand-out brochures available for anyone that wants them to hand out to prospects – call Preston at 615-568-0343 if you want some.
  • We are working on an agreement to go with membership payments and may start collecting on commitments before Sept. 2011 with the funds going into an escrow account.

If anyone has any suggestions on people to contact, please let us know.

We also now have a Facebook page at Performance Motorsports – please “friend” this page to help get the word around and post something about karting on the page. If you Google “Performance Motorsports Nashville Facebook” it should come up at the top of the list.

Preston Quirk – 615-568-0343/
Patrick Hardie – 615-646-9906/

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