Tennessee students head to Bristol Motor Speedway for go-kart racing


Northeast Tennessee high school students will be heading to Bristol Motor Speedway for what has become a yearly favorite: the solar go-kart race.

May 7, students from 12 schools will showcase the karts they’ve been working on all school year. Each vehicle has a 24-volt, 105 amp-hour electrical system.

“The solar-powered go-kart race has been an event that highlights the strengths of science, technology, engineering and math in high school students across the state of Tennessee,” Jerry Caldwell, general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, said. “This unique event puts an engaging twist on students maximizing their potential, both in and outside the classroom. We’re looking forward to hosting once again.”

This is the third year that the event. This year’s event focuses on innovation. Students will have two hours to finish as many laps as they can.

If you are interested in attending, Gate Nine at Turn Three of Bristol Motor Speedway will open at 9 a.m. The race begins at 11 a.m. 

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