IRL: Indianapolis Motor Speedway refurbishes grandstands

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001 - The Southwest Vista grandstand and sections 1-5 of the South Vista grandstand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are being dismantled and rebuilt as part of the Speedway's normal offseason maintenance...

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001 - The Southwest Vista grandstand and sections 1-5 of the South Vista grandstand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are being dismantled and rebuilt as part of the Speedway's normal offseason maintenance program. The Southwest Vista, located outside the exit of Turn 1 and the first part of the south short chute between Turns 1 and 2, was constructed in three parts in the late 1960s. The South Vista sections 1-5 were constructed in 1985. "It is simply part of the normal, periodic refurbishment and renovation of our older grandstands structures," said Kevin Forbes, director of engineering and construction for the Speedway. "There is a fairly noticeable but predictable bit of corrosion that exists on those structures right now, and it is time to take them apart and virtually make them new again." The stands will be rebuilt exactly as they appear now, with no seats removed or added. "The whole thing comes down a piece at a time, it gets shipped off to a facility where it is completely sandblasted down to bare metal, and then each individual component is inspected for excessive corrosion," Forbes said. "Then at these facilities, the unacceptable fabrication will be removed and new fabrications installed, and the whole completed piece will be hot-dipped galvanized and brought back for reassembly with all new fasteners." The same process was completed in past years to the other sections of the South Vista and to the H and J Stands on the outside of the exit of Turn 4. Parts of the C Stand underneath the Hulman Terrace Suites on the mainstraightaway also were refurbished in previous years. "There are a couple of things that some spectators may notice," Forbes said. "They (stands) will have a much more pleasing appearance, there will be no signs of rust, no signs of peeling paint and no signs of different colors of paint, which would indicate age and wear. "Also, the majority of the Southwest Vista still has wooden seats - they will be replaced with aluminum seats." Forbes indicated that about one-third of the Southwest Vista and South Vista will be dismantled and rebuilt by May 2002, with the remaining two-thirds being dismantled in October 2002 and rebuilt before May 2003. All seats will be available for use during all Speedway events in 2002 and 2003.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup