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Dulles go kart racetrack says goodbye

Dulles’ Allsports Grand Prix indoor racetrack opened in 2000 after retired French racer Francois Duret saw a lack of indoor tracks in the D.C. area. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
Allsports Grand Prix indoor go kart racetrack announced an Aug. 2 closing of its Dulles location.

The track, which has been in its current location for 15 years, closes after its Kids School on Sunday. The remainder of the day, Allsports commemorates its finale with a free-for-all for kids with a valid AllsportsGP racing license, according to their website.

“I have always said that if I had all the money in the world I would only open for kids,” said Francois Duret, managing owner of the track, on the site. “On this day, our last day, that is exactly what we will do: free races for kids.”

He indicated in the statement Allsports intent to move to another location.

The closure comes from a 36.5 percent plus yearly increases in rent enforced by the current landlord of the property, Duret said in an earlier website update.

Allsports has been in lease renewal negotiations for “some time,” and the ownership believed an agreement would be struck with the landlord. At the last minute, that belief proved false, according to Duret.

“Regretfully, our landlord greed … would force us into five years of yearly losses which I am not ready to do,” he said. “So, to our great regret we will close after the Kids School.”

All deposits and race credits will be refunded, he added.

Duret opened Allsports in 2000, hoping to bring an indoor racetrack to the D.C. area. The track is inspired by the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack in France. Duret himself is a former racer in the European Le Mans 24-hour race. He retired in 1991.

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