Quincy Grand Prix expected to be a big boost for the Gem City

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The Quincy Grand Prix preparations are in full swing as we near the start of the 33rd annual kart race.

“Quincy embraces karting and the karters love to come here because they’re really special when they come here,” said Quincy Grand Prix President Terry Traeder.

The event is expected to bring with it more dollars for the local economy.

“What’s really great about this event is that it’s bringing people in,” said Joi Austin with the Great River Economic Development Foundation. “They’re eating at our restaurants. They’re staying at our hotels.”

Tony Neilson is from Delmar, Iowa. This is his second year back to the Quincy Grand Prix.

“This sets the bar for everywhere else,” said Neilson. “There’s nothing else like it.”

Neilson says he wasn’t only pleasantly surprised with the course, but with the crowds as well.

“The atmosphere is incredible,” said Neilson. “The fans are second to none.”

City officials say they expect 15,000 spectators over the two-day event.

“It’s $150 per person per night that is spent right here in Quincy so we’re seeing that benefit as well,” said Austin. “We’re really excited to have all these people here.”

For more information on the Quincy Grand Prix of Karting, click here.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Kaylee Pfeiferling

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