IRL: Crews Prepare to Modify Fence at TMS

CREWS PREPARE TO BEGIN MODIFICATIONS ON WHEEL FENCE FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 24, 1999) – The Pep Boys Indy Racing League today announced that it will require the addition of restraints on wheel and suspension parts prior to this weekend’s ...

CREWS PREPARE TO BEGIN MODIFICATIONS ON WHEEL FENCE

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 24, 1999) – The Pep Boys Indy Racing League today announced that it will require the addition of restraints on wheel and suspension parts prior to this weekend’s Indianapolis 500.

The changes come as a result of a tragedy May 1 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte in which a wheel went over the fence and into the grandstand, killing three and injuring eight people.

Texas Motor Speedway announced last week that it would increase the height of its fence prior to the June 12 Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom.

"We applaud the move by the Indy Racing League," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "They are certainly going in the right direction. We wish the IRL great success with the Indy 500.

"Safety is always a priority. The combination of changes being made by the IRL and the fence modifications are major steps in ensuring safety for everyone."

The modification work on the wheel fence is scheduled to begin Wednesday night, May 26. Anchor Fence Co. of Dallas, who installed the original fences and gates at the speedway, will do the modification work. All materials will be fabricated locally for the project.

Crews will start by removing the 34-inch outrigger (overhang) from 4,000 feet of the existing fence, stretching from an area exiting the fourth turn through The Speedway Club seating in the first turn. Once the overhang section is removed, crews will begin adding 10½ feet of 2 3/8-inch, round galvanized pipe into 400 existing frontstretch posts, raising the total height of the fence from approximately 15 feet to 21 feet.

Crews are scheduled to work at various times -- day and night -- to complete the project. All work will be finished prior to the Longhorn 500 race week, which officially begins Thursday, June 10 with Indy Racing and truck practice leading up to Bud Qualifying later that evening.

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