CHAMPCAR/CART: Fundidora Park, Mont?rr?y preparing for season opener

The Second Bridge in the Pit Straight Starts to Take Shape at Monterrey Rubén Saldívar, director for Mexico's CART project with CIE, announced "that the complete overhaul and check-up of the 4 existing bridges at the circuit in Fundidora...

The Second Bridge in the Pit Straight Starts to Take Shape at Monterrey

Rubén Saldívar, director for Mexico's CART project with CIE, announced "that the complete overhaul and check-up of the 4 existing bridges at the circuit in Fundidora Park, Monterrey, has been completed and we already have in place the main structure of the fifth bridge -parallel to the existing one in the main straight. This bridge will be almost 5 meters wide -160% of the existing one- and will allow us to ameliorate fan traffic flow at the Tecate-Telmex Grand Prix. The new bridge has a strength of 500 kilos per square meter" and this should be enough to put 8 Cristianos da Matta -winner of the 2001 edition of the TTGP- together in one meter or maybe the defensive line of any football team in that same space. This same strength has been reached in the other bridges around the circuit by reinforcing the cross members in the horizontal beams increasing strength by 43%, all work supervised by the Civil Engineering Institute of the State University, UANL.

The horizontal beams of the new bridge were put in place today (wednesday) since 9 in the morning and the bridge should be finished by February 9th. Alberto Botello, Director of CIE for the CART Monterrey project said this new bridge "along with other changes as simple as putting gate numbers in the tickets, an installing signals in the pathways throughout the park, guarantee to the fans that we will have a n event without problems, even though we are expecting over 320,000 people during the race weekend" -that is march 8, 9 and 10.

Also, the two CIE directors confirmed the Media Center will be at the same place as it was in the inaugural Race, the State Art Gallery and that the latest technology should be available for the media, including some wide band internet lines. The estimate for finishing the track paraphernalia at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, is the last web of February although many other things should be in place earlier. Currently, stands are at over 75%, tires are completely tied and bundled, and the wall and fencing are over two-thirds of the total in place.

-ttgp/cj-

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