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NOLA Motorsports Park Blog

Welcome to the New School: Introducing Fast University

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Jun 10, 2016 9:22:24 AM

New Orleans is known for world-class food and music. World-class parties. World-class hangovers.
But karting? That’s unlikely to come up no matter how many people you ask.

The truth is, New Orleans is a world-class karting destination. The kart track at NOLA Motorsports is the biggest in North America. The head honcho out there? IndyCar driver Jay Howard.

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Topics: karting, racing, Fast University

Low Fury: The GT Max Kart

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Jun 8, 2016 10:20:32 AM

If you’re used to the normal karts at our track, the GT Max is a horse of a different color.

With its liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine, high energy absorption system Head System, hydraulic brakes with self-adjusting brake pads and ventilated disk – this machine moves, and stops, like nothing you’re used to.

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Topics: karting, GT, racing

A Legend Comes to NOLA

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Mar 14, 2016 5:37:54 PM

David Aldana is one fast man. 

Dirt track, road racing, AMA Grand National Championships, Trans-AMA motocross series, spreedway racing – David has done it all and has the medals to prove it. His racing style – known as being an all-or-nothing racer – made him a focal point of the Academy Award-nominated film On Any Sunday and got hin inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. And come this weekend, he will be the Grand Marshall of the NOLA Vintage Grand Prix as well as a praticipant in a few races. 

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Topics: events, racing, motorcycles, AHRMA

Clint Austin Brings Vintage Racing to NOLA

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Mar 14, 2016 4:37:54 PM

The NOLA Vintage Grand Prix kicks off this weekend (March 18-20th)

The 3 days of vintage motorcycle racing, music, swap meets, and much more probably wouldn't have come together without the work of passionate people like Clint Austin. 

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Topics: events, racing, AHRMA

Rob Mclendon Talks Track

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Mar 5, 2016 3:24:06 PM

When the first pack of wild-eyed vintage motorcycle racers slides into turn 1 of NOLA Motorsports Park’s new flat track – either with just back breaks or none at all – there will be one man watching closer than the rest.

Rob Mclendon, or Robbie-Bobbie Mclendonshire as some call him (more on that later), is a man known across the Gulf South for his role in keeping motorcycle racing culture alive and well. After all, he’s been at it since he was a kid, making a hard leap from motocross to flat track racing when he was 14 by just showing up for a race one day.

When asked how that went, Rob took a deep breath and said, “Well, I sucked… horribly. I wrecked a few times and wasn’t sure if this was all that much fun. But I just went out on a race day thinking that because I was fast in other races, I’d be fast here. There’s just so much more technique. Long story short, I kept practicing and got better. In 2002, I got my first pro license.”

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Topics: events, racing, motorcycles

Damn, We're Smooth: How to Resurface a Racetrack

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Feb 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Some of y'all might have noticed this, but we figured it was time for an announcement: We resurfaced our track just before the holidays last year, and it makes for a mighty fine ride.

Check out this video, featuring Barriere Construction, showing you exactly how it's done--and then come ride it for yourself! Sign up for our next Open Track Day.

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Topics: Track, racing, Open Track Day

3 Things to Know About the Xtreme Xperience

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Jan 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to sit behind the wheel of one of the most powerful machines on the planet, you have the chance to find out. The Xtreme Xperience at NOLA Motorsports gives you the opportunity to race your dream car on the same racetrack as professional drivers.

This unique adventure offers you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of the most powerful sports cars in the world.

Read on to discover more about the Xperience and what it offers.

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Topics: gifts, racing

Pellegrini Performance Group Talks Shop

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Dec 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Pellegrini Performance Group (PPG) in Madisonville, La. is a family-owned business and a close friend of the track. We asked them to tell us more about what they do, and why they're passionate about cars and racing.

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Topics: antique cars, Industry, PPG, racing

Shay and Seth: Father and Son Racers Take It to the Track

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Dec 22, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Some kids inherit their dad's nose or smile. Others get their father's penchant for hunting or playing football.

For Seth Corbin, it's hard to tell if he got his dad's nose, given the racing helmet that covers all but a small sliver of his eyes. His dad, Shay Corbin, wears a similar helmet when whipping his electric blue Mazda across the 16-turn Big Track at NOLA Motorsports Park.

 

Seth in his kart, on the grid.

The pair share many traits, but a hunger for speed may be the most pronounced. 

We caught up with the Corbins to find out a little bit about what drew them to racing and what's kept them there.

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Topics: Insider, karting, racing, NASA

Outdoor Go Kart Racing: What You Need to Know

Posted by NOLA Motorsports on Dec 16, 2015 2:21:36 PM

Are you thinking about getting into go kart racing? If so, there are a lot of things to keep in mind, especially if you plan on kart racing at an outdoor track.

While anyone can go to a go kart track and drive around a little bit, you're going to need to be more informed and experienced with go karts if you plan on actually entering a race. The following are a few tips that will help you get started in the world of outdoor go kart racing.

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Topics: maintenance, karting, racing