HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY AND VKG ENTERTAINMENT
FORM NEW PARTNERSHIP
MIAMI – Homestead-Miami Speedway and newly formed Vantage Karting Group (VKG) Entertainment announced today a new long-term partnership that will allow VKG Entertainment to assume an operational and managerial role of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s premier kart track. The track, located on the Speedway grounds, is a multi-configuration 7/10-mile sprint course that hosts some of the most competitive kart racing events in North America.
Vantage Karting Group was formed by business partners Eric Jones and Justin Marks to streamline the import and distribution businesses of Kartsport North America, IAME USA East and the Eastern North American distribution of MG Tires. Vantage Karting Group’s track operations arm, VGK Entertainment, will be the official operator of the kart track at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will also operate all future karting facilities planned by Jones and Marks. Marks is a veteran of 69 NASCAR national series races between 2007-16, including two in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 30 in the XFINITY Series and 37 in the Camping World Truck Series.
“Partnering with Homestead-Miami Speedway is something VKG Entertainment was created to do,” said Jones. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity in South Florida and especially with such a great facility. As our business expands and continues to grow, new opportunities in exciting markets is a top priority for me and Justin. Starting it all off at Homestead-Miami Speedway is a great way to bring our vision of entertainment, service and quality karting operations to new locations.”
VKG Entertainment and Homestead-Miami Speedway are both committed to helping grow and develop the karting industry and provide racers and consumers with a first-class karting experience. The partnership will bring a heightened level of excitement to the facility.
“We are excited about the future of karting activities at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “We searched and considered many options in the karting industry and feel that VKG Entertainment was the best fit for operating the facility and realizing its full potential within a passionate and extensive South Florida karting market.”
VKG Entertainment will move in to the facility and begin making improvements in mid-August. Some of the enhancements planned will include a rental kart fleet, a second track for rental racers, and a corporate hospitality area. VKG Entertainment has secured a title sponsor for the facility and will be announcing the sponsor and the new track name in addition to more exciting developments in the coming weeks.
About VKG Entertainment
VKG Entertainment was formed by professional karting and racing veterans Justin Marks and Eric Jones in 2017. The partnership adds to an already successful portfolio of businesses owned and managed by the two including GoPro Motorplex, Kartsport North America, and IAME USA East.
GoPro Motorplex is an outdoor, 0.7-mile, 11-turn karting facility open to the public seven days a week, year-round. GoPro Motorplex’s fleet of Rental Karts reach speeds up to 55 mph, delivering an advanced, exciting and high-adrenaline racing experience. Additionally, the facility hosts some of the largest professional touring karting series races in the country, making GoPro Motorplex the premier source for all things karting at every level of the sport. www.gopromotorplex.com
Kartsport North America is a state-of-the-art facility located on the grounds of GoPro Motorplex that delivers to the karting industry a number of quality products and services. Kartsport North America is the sole import and distribution partner of MG Tires in the eastern United States as well as a wide range of other international karting brands. www.kartsportna.com
IAME USA East is the exclusive importer of IAME engines and parts for the Eastern half of North America and the Caribbean. www.iameusaeast.com
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2016, NASCAR celebrated its 15-year anniversary (2002-16) of crowning champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), Daniel Suarez (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2017 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 17-19.