Fan Assistance Program in place at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 24, 2000) - Fans who need assistance in the parking areas of Texas Motor Speedway will get a hand from the "Nationwide Fan Assistance Patrol." Twelve golf carts, manned by volunteers from the Texas Christian University...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 24, 2000) - Fans who need assistance in the parking areas of Texas Motor Speedway will get a hand from the "Nationwide Fan Assistance Patrol."

Twelve golf carts, manned by volunteers from the Texas Christian University ROTC in Fort Worth, will roam the parking areas Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. The volunteers will be on the lookout for fans with flat tires, dead batteries or other problems that may require assistance. The patrol will also be able to assist physically challenged fans to and from their vehicles. Each cart will be clearly marked with a white flag on an eight-foot pole. The carts will roam the parking areas, but if someone needs assistance, they can also find a speedway employee who can relay the request and have a cart dispatched.

COMING THROUGH IN A CLUTCH - Sprint Press Inc. of Fort Worth has printed the souvenir race programs for Texas Motor Speedway since the first race in 1997 and has always delivered on time. This year, it seemed the perfect streak might be snapped by a broken drive clutch in the press. In an effort to get the 60,000 DIRECTV 500 race week programs out on time, Sprint is having a new $50,000 drive clutch being air freighted from Offenbach, Germany. In the meantime, a fan has been set up to blow on the existing part to keep it cool and working until the new one arrives sometime this weekend.

DIRECTV 500 HITS THE WINDY CITY - For the first time ever, a Chicago radio station will carry a live broadcast of a NASCAR race. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) coverage of the DIRECTV 500 will be carried on WAIT-AM 850. Station owner Pride Communications has carried PRN broadcasts for the past two seasons on sister stations WJOL-AM 1340 and WLLI-FM 96.7 in Joliet, Ill.

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