Gone To Ground Returns In 2101 Amidst Controversy, Remembrance
The 31st Gone To Ground heralds the return of the American west coast's premier GT race and with a prize pool of over $400 million (637 SCU) it's sure to draw record viewership.
The Gone To Ground is an invite only race through the streets of the San Francisco sprawl known for its high speeds and even higher stakes. In 2069, the race reinvigorated the North American public's interest in GT racing and remains the most popular race in the hemisphere despite emerging popular events in Mexico City, Provo and Detroit. Though the entry fee is kept confidential, rumor's circulate that teams will pay upwards of $10 million (16 SCU) for the privilege once invited to take part.
Despite the excitement that the race has garnered, not the least of which is due to an impressive roster of sponsors including 27 nations and 7 of the world's biggest supercorps, the preparations for the race still carry a someone somber tune. This is because the race is returning after a self induced hiatus following the unfortunate events of the 2099 G2G which ended with the untimely death of racing legend and pride of the GT racing scene Hanaba Kojiro.
Ko, as his crew and fans referred to him, lost control in his 2092 GC10 during a especially tight turn and ascent. A controversial permanent memorial in his memory was constructed at the site of the accident down town at the ground level corner of 4th St. and Folsom. There are some who say that, despite increased safety regulation, the race is unsafe for drivers and the public.
Preparations for the race will begin Friday evening. Detours will be in place to minimize disruptions to weekend traffic but transit via VTOV is recommended.