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New Development Project Bringing IndyCar Engine Facility To Brooklyn

Facility Set To Open Next Summer
IndyCar Race (file/credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

IndyCar Race (file/credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From the concrete jungle to the asphalt race track, one New York native is looking to put Brooklyn on the map in the world of IndyCar racing.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ayton Performance owner and engineer Ethan Bregman announced a new race engine design facility will be constructed on a cleaned up Williamsburg brownfield site.

The clean-up is expected to last through the end of the summer, with development and construction scheduled to begin after.

The design studio and machine shop for Indy racing engines will be at 105 Metropolitan Avenue.

“I’m building this project because when I grew up here, there wasn’t a race shop for me to go in and offer to sweep the floors or find a mentor. And the opportunity to bring that back to New York was just too good to pass up,” Bregman told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

Mayor Bloomberg touted this project as a job creator for city residents.

“You might say this is Silicon Alley meeting Gasoline Alley,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

The engine design firm is expected to open its doors next summer.