Racers will head north Sunday morning out of southern Georgia for a lunch stop in Newnan, Georgia hometown to several current and former Great Race teams. Downtown Newnan is a small Southern city full of charm right out of the movies; and in fact several movies and TV shows are filmed in the county on a regular basis. Longtime Great Race teams Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles and Chad and Jennie Caldwell are from Newnan, as are rookie racers Olivia and Genna Gentry. Olivia and Genna have worked on the event selling programs for the last five years, as have Newnan residents Ashley and Cole Caldwell. The late Joe Knowles was head of the “Newnan Gang.”
Participants will get a quick look at Great Racer Wayne Vick’s private collection of cars in his hometown of Armuchee, Georgia at a Pit Stop at The Warehouse – what he calls his hangout. Racers will see everything from an early Model T firetruck to Model As to Flathead Fords.
Racers will be welcomed to the hometown of the Great Race and sponsor Coker Tire Sunday evening on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Duck boat rides in the river will be available for those daring enough and the Tennessee Aquarium and a local car show will be the highlights of the stop. Chattanooga was the host city for the start of the 2011 Great Race. Downtown Chattanooga also hosted an overnight stop on the opposite side of the Tennessee River in 2003 as well as overnight stops in 1999 and 2007.