Public Officials Discover Motorsports Economic Impacts to City of Lake Elsinore and Riverside County
From left: Commissioner Adam Armit, Commissioner Myles Ross, Field Rep for Senator Jeff Stone, Megan Locke, Competitive Metals Owner, Greg Parker
Lake Elsinore, CA -- Public Officials from the City of Lake Elsinore, California and surrounding Riverside County attended the Lucas Oil Off Road Races held at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. While the racing itself is one of the most exciting forms of Motorsports in the country, it was the tremendous economic impacts that were equally exciting to the Government Officials. Nearly 70-race-teams participated in the three-day event and nearly all come from out of town filling hotels, restaurants and buying fuel for semi-trucks and motor homes. In addition to the race teams over 20,000 race fans attended with many coming from San Diego, Los Angeles and even surrounding states such as Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
"Off-Road Racing is in our City's DNA. From the Elsinore Grand Prix and the Movie On Any Sunday to 900 Horse Power Off Road Trucks flying through the air, we continue to be the Action Sports Capital of the World," stated City of Lake Elsinore's Mayor Pro Tem, Robert Magee.
The event was part of the United States Motorsports Association's national i-2 Campaign, which works to "Introduce" and "Inform" Local, State and Federal Officials about the tremendous impacts racing is having on their communities. For many of the officials it was their first time visiting the track and attending an off road racing event. The guests were provided a behind the scenes tour with insight and background provided by team Owner / Driver Justin Peck and his team Racepro Tech. After touring the pits the race was watched high a top the grandstands courtesy of Greg Parker and his company Competitive Metals, a California small business that supplies most of the race teams their raw material metals.
"We hope that our elected officials had a good time and maybe became race fans after the event, but that is not the primary goal. It's our objective to have them gain a deeper understanding of the economic impacts the racing event has on their city and region." said Shawn Stewart, Executive Director of the US Motorsports Association. "We hope that race fans or not, they will view the event with a different perception than they came in with. Long after the racing is over and the teams and fans are gone the money left in the community will continue to circulate and generate impacts for many months. And that is good for everyone."
The USMA encourages all racetracks, sanctioning bodies and race teams to participate in the USMA i-2 Campaign and invite their local officials to one of their events this year. If you need support to create an invite or the best ways to establish relationships with your local leaders contact the USMA’s Government Affairs Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 729-8144.
ABOUT US MOTORSPORTS ASSOCIATION: www.UnitedStatesMotorsports.com