CHAMPCAR/CART: Changes to Road America

Texaco/Havoline 200 Best Foot Forward (August 12, 1998) -- Road America has undergone a $1.7 million facelift in preparation for this weekend's Texaco/Havoline 200. Cement barriers and debris fencing have replaced guardrail in many areas of...

Texaco/Havoline 200 Best Foot Forward

(August 12, 1998) -- Road America has undergone a $1.7 million facelift in preparation for this weekend's Texaco/Havoline 200. Cement barriers and debris fencing have replaced guardrail in many areas of the 4.048-mile road course, the longest circuit in the FedEx Championship Series. A new Snap-On Bridge has been constructed between Turns 8 and 9, allowing spectators access to Road America's "Carousel" area for the first time.

In addition, new grandstands have been constructed in Turns 1, 5, 12 and 14, with a total capacity of up to 5,000 fans. Other amenities include all-new ticket gates, a new registration building and a new paddock pressroom tailored to meet the needs of the international photojournalists who travel with the FedEx Championship Series. "In all honesty, I think [the fans are] going to be in for a bit of a shock," says Jim Haynes, president and general manager of Road America. "The character of the track has changed, and it's changed, in my opinion, in a very positive way. Spots that were there in the beginning now have gradually gone away. But we've provided many new spots. The aim of our viewing system is to create entertainment areas where there is food, grandstands, toilets, parking, and the public address system, all within easy reach; plus a road system - which we have - which will allow our fans to circulate from one entertainment area to another during a race."

Source: CART Online

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