FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 22, 2000) -- For more than 30 years, Lou Gigliotti has strapped himself into a race car and negotiated the tight left and right turns on road courses all over America. Next week, his BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 22, 2000) -- For more than 30 years, Lou Gigliotti has strapped himself into a race car and negotiated the tight left and right turns on road courses all over America. Next week, his BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series itinerary brings him home. Gigliotti, from Dallas, Texas, is driving the #28 entry on Sunday, Sept. 3, in the final race of the Grand Prix of Texas (Sept. 1-3) at Texas Motor Speedway.
"I admit there is a little added pressure to be racing at home," said Gigliotti. "I don't want to approach it as an 'all or nothing' performance but rather go out there with the mentality to do well in the race. Hopefully, we will have perfected everything in our preparation and testing that will allow us to be successful without doing anything stupid."
Gigliotti has been near the top of the points standings this season and wants to do well on the new layout at Texas Motor Speedway. "This is an important race for us from the sponsorship standpoint. There is such a stronghold of major corporations in the Fort Worth-Dallas market who, if they are not already involved in racing, they should be. We have won three national championships in other classes, and I want to show companies that we can get them involved and go for another one."
The Grand Prix of Texas showcases the new road course at Texas Motor Speedway. And, the layout has already made a big fan out of Gigliotti. "We need to find other facilities like Texas Motor Speedway where fans can see 95% of the race from their seats. Fans want to come to a race, no matter what kind it is, and sit and watch. Texas Motor Speedway is great for that. Having a race at a facility like this is a tremendous boost in our fan support."
Tickets are still available for the Grand Prix of Texas weekend. Fans may purchase a three-day reserved seat pass that includes a paddock pass for $76. A three-day general admission ticket is $45 and a three-day paddock pass is $20. Single day reserved seats and general admission tickets are also available for Friday through Sunday with prices ranging from $5 to $50. Tickets are available at the speedway ticket office or by calling (817) 215-8500. Tickets may also be purchased at Gate 6 the day of the event.