IRL: MIS to install Safer Wall system

Installation of Safer Wall System Under Way at Michigan International Speedway Project Scheduled To Be Completed in Time For DHL 400 Race Weekend BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway officials announced today that the ...

Installation of Safer Wall System Under Way at Michigan International Speedway

Project Scheduled To Be Completed in Time For DHL 400 Race Weekend

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway officials announced today that the installation of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system is currently

under way at the two-mile oval. The project began on Monday, May 17, and is scheduled to be completed in time for the June 18-20 DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekend at MIS.

The SAFER walls will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional SAFER walls with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road.

"Safety is such an important part of our sport, and we are proud to be installing the SAFER wall system at MIS," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "I also applaud NASCAR for encouraging its tracks to install the system and thank ISC for supporting the installation."

The SAFER wall technology consists of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks that is installed in front of the track's traditional cement walls and is designed to absorb some of the energy in the event of an incident, while lessening the impact on the driver. The SAFER wall project began in 2000 when Dr. Dean Sicking and a team under his direction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln began developing the technology.

The SAFER wall project remains an ongoing safety initiative with NASCAR and the Indy Racing League, both of which run events at MIS. From start to finish, it will take approximately three to four weeks to install the system at MIS.

The SAFER walls made their debut in 2002 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through its four corners for the IRL IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 in May and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Brickyard 400 in August.

Reserved seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series DHL 400 on Father's Day, June 20, along with the June 19 ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200. For tickets and information regarding the DHL 400 weekend, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.

Michigan International Speedway is wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) (Nasdaq/NM: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB), a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events at 12 major motorsports facilities annually. For more information regarding MIS and its events, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call 1-800-354-1010.

Steel and Foam Energy Reduction

*The SAFER wall technology consists of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks that is installed in front of the race track's traditional cement walls.

*The process consists of ordering the specific materials, bending of the steel tubing to fit the radius of the race track's corners, shipment and installation.

*The SAFER wall project began in the fall of 2000 and remains an ongoing safety initiative among NASCAR, the Indy Racing League, Dr. Sicking and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

*In 2002, Indianapolis Motor Speedway debuted the SAFER walls through its four corners for the IRL IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 in May and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Brickyard 400 in August.

*Talladega Superspeedway followed with SAFER walls on the inside retaining walls of its layout for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event in October of 2002. Richmond International Raceway was the first short track to receive the barrier followed by New Hampshire International Speedway later in the month.

The barriers will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional barriers with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road.

SAFER wall specifics at the Michigan International Speedway

* Total length -- 8,284 total feet (2738 feet through Turns One and Two, 2,822 through Turns Three & Four, Inside Turn Four 400 feet, Inside wall of backstretch 2,424 ft)

* Height -- 40 ½ inches

* Tubes -- 5 - 8" x 8" tubes per section.

* Sections -- Each SAFER wall section is 28 feet long. Some sections are shorter at the end of the turns.

* Steel -- 3/16" guage. 41,409 linear feet of steel tubing (Approximately eight miles). Weight of the steel tubing is approximately 500 tons.

* Styrofoam -- 22" -- 22 ¼" thick and 40 ½" high. 1,480 pieces of Styrofoam total.

* 40,265 sq ft of 2" thick Styrofoam

* The SAFER walls extend 30" from the old wall.

* Installation time is approximately three weeks to four weeks.

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