Driver's Education Report
January 1, 2012
By Brian Powell

Atlanta Motorsports Park Tour and Winter DE Seminar

On December 10th, Atlanta Motorsports Park opened its doors to a tour by members of the Carolinas Region. We had a small but enthusiastic group of 14 make the trek. AMP ( is a new motorsports facility being constructed about an hour north of Atlanta in Dawsonville, Ga. Several of us from the DE committee made the trip to get a firsthand look at the facility with considerations for future Drivers Ed events. Currently, the track is still under construction with final grading being done on the last sections. Most of the track does have a base layer of pavement with the remaining portions scheduled to be done by year end. From what we saw on the tour, we generally thought a Spring 2012 opening was certainly reasonable. Although the track is just under 2 miles in length, it has several interesting features and has a good bit of elevation change. It will be challenging, certainly different from any other facilities in the Southeast. While we finalize the contract, it is safe to say we’re working on a 2012 date at AMP. For the region’s DE trackheads, you’ll probably want to keep mid-July open.

We will be kicking off 2012 with our Winter DE Seminar on Saturday, February 4th at 1 pm at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC. If you’re interested in Drivers Education but don’t know where to start, this is the place. We’ll go over the DE program, walk thru the requirements and answer any questions you may have. See the ad in this issue for more information.

Beyond that, the DE calendar starts on April 28th/29th at Carolinas Motorsports Park. We’ll be returning to the Kershaw, SC facility to begin our 2012 events.

For more on any of these events contact Brian Powell at (704-260-0716).

As these aerial and ground images show, construction of the new Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia is well underway. AMP plans to hold its first event in the Spring of 2012.