A well-known magazine has ranked Dawsonvilles Atlanta Motorsports Park as one of the top 10 most-fun tracks in the country.
Grassroots Motorsports magazine went to some of the big players on the racing scene and asked them to share their experiences about a favorite track in the country, big or small.
Randy Pobst -- four-time Pirelli World Challenge Champion, two-time winner at Rolex 24 at Daytona, and Mazda factory driver with 70-plus pro wins under his wheels -- rated AMP.
When I heard the rumors of a new track going in around Atlanta, it was exciting -- more is always better, Pobst told Grassroots Motorsports. My first visit to AMP, I went up on a motorcycle and I got a ride in a highly modified Volvo S60, of all things, owned by Zeke Massie. Hes one of the first guys to get a garage at the track. ...
All drivers interviewed were asked about making a pass, the tracks magic moment, a newcomer tip, and what they would do if they were in charge of the track.
On the magic moment at AMP, Pobst said, Its not an easy track to figure out. Its very hilly with a lot of elevation changes. Many of the corners are blind, which I really like. The track disappears over the crest of a corner five times at least, maybe six. Its a roller coaster. Im in road racing because I like the corners, and AMP has a lot. ... I think a lot of people would call it a technical track, but that doesnt sound like enough fun!
AMP owner Jeremy Porter said he built the track in Dawsonville because of the areas racing heritage, its proximity to Atlanta and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
Were a racing community and town, he said. Look back at (former Mayor) Joe Lane Cox and his vision to make us a place thats about racing and people who enjoy it. The recognition is an honor for us, and it validates the decision of our members to join us.
For newcomers to AMP, Pobst offers this advice:
Most of the turns are medium- and low-speed until you get to the finish, which is a remake of one of the great corner complexes, Eau Rouge at the Spa circuit in Belgium. That means its fast, it goes uphill to the left, then it goes back to the right over a blind crest -- decreasing radium, off-camber on the exit. My advice to a newbie is to treat that corner with great respect and apex late, late, late. Its one of most challenging combination corners that Ive seen anywhere outside the Nurburgring.
Built in 2012, Atlanta Motorsports Park is the first green, sustainable motorsports facility and country club of its kind for high-performance cars, motorcycles and go-karts.