RACE: Topeka HPT re-configuration plans

Changes Underway -- Heartland Park Begins Course Re-Configuration TOPEKA, Kan. (July 18, 2007) -- Following the April 23 announcement that it would make two significant changes to the 2.5-mile course used for the SCCA National Championship ...

Changes Underway -- Heartland Park Begins Course Re-Configuration

TOPEKA, Kan. (July 18, 2007) -- Following the April 23 announcement that it would make two significant changes to the 2.5-mile course used for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by AT&T, Heartland Park Topeka broke ground Monday, with a targeted debut of the new course configuration set for mid-August.

The project focuses on the actual course configuration in the Turn One-Two complex as well as the Turn Eight-Nine section. Additionally, changes are well underway to the curbs, barriers and runoff areas around the remainder of the course.

"Following last weekend's SCCA Regional races, we began to move walls and dirt in preparation for the planned changes," Heartland Park Topeka Owner Raymond Irwin said. "Barring something unforeseen, this gives us a month to accomplish the changes before the final SCCA National of the season August 18-19."

In addition to the course changes documented in the previous announcement, several other items will be addressed, including:

- Extension of the asphalt from the exit of turn 14 up the front straight.

- Opening an escape road on driver's right just past the start/finish line.

- Extension of apex and track-out curbing around the course.

- Addition of several tire walls and additional rows to existing tire walls.

- Removal of the wall at the exit of Turn Five

- Moving the wall at the exit of turn 10 (drivers left) back several feet.

The 2007 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by at&t will be held at Heartland Park Topeka Oct. 8-14. For additional event information, www.scca.com/Event/Event.asp?Ref=07-runoffs. For more information about Heartland Park Topeka, please visit www.hpt.com.

-credit: scca

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