New go-kart racing facility to open in Jacksonville

City must first approve rezoning

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An indoor go-kart racetrack company wants to open a Jacksonville facility in April 2014.

According to The Financial News & Daily Record, the $2 million facility would be on the Southside, between Philips Highway and Interstate 95, north of Butler Boulevard.

"The favorable demographics of Jacksonville were a big part of our decision," Autobahn Indoor Speedway Managing Director David Larson told the Daily Record. "There also are a lot of race enthusiasts in the Jacksonville area."

Larson said the speedway will feature high-performance racing electric karts that can be driven on either of the two indoor Grand Prix-style tracks that will be created. The Italian-made racing karts can approach speeds of 50 mph. Up to 10 drivers can compete in races to set the fastest lap time. Reservations will not be required.

The city of Jacksonville must consider a rezoning application for the racetrack before it can be built.

The facility would employ 35 people, according to the Daily Record.

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