The Rock Island Grand Prix is the world’s largest and most prestigious karting street race.
“Talk with any racer or spectator and they will rave about the experience. It’s simply the most fun you can have in kart racing, both on and off the track.”
During the day, racers go head to head against the best in the sport on the safest street circuit in karting. At night competitors and spectators enjoy the nightlife of The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District.
The Rock Island Grand Prix ranks as the ultimate experience in kart racing. There is no greater thrill than racing through city streets at speeds approaching 100 MPH, one inch off the ground as thousands of spectators cheer you on.
A family of more than 200 volunteers reunite each year to produce the race weekend for competitors who come from coast to coast as well as many foreign countries. There is nothing like the atmosphere of “The Rock.”
Kart racing is where the motorsports stars of the future get started and learn their craft. Many Formula One, NASCAR, IndyCar and sports car drivers started in kart racing; some raced at the Rock Island Grand Prix.
The races are always the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, August 31 to September 1, 2013
The event is held in downtown city streets of Rock Island, Illinois
This is a family-oriented event with free general admission. Attendance for the two days is estimated at 20,000, depending on weather.
For vendor information call the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, 309-788-6311