IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Maintenance underway at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 18, 2001) - Maintenance is underway on the 1.5-mile racing surface of Texas Motor Speedway. The project, which began following the June 9 Casino Magic 500, is scheduled to continue through the summer. The speedway will...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 18, 2001) - Maintenance is underway on the 1.5-mile racing surface of Texas Motor Speedway. The project, which began following the June 9 Casino Magic 500, is scheduled to continue through the summer.

The speedway will be re-paved with a granite-based asphalt compound that dries much more quickly than the current limestone-based asphalt. The granite-based compound was used to pave the speedway's infield road course last year.

"Our Director of Development Jim Stufflebeam has hit upon just the right compound for our racing surface," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "It took some research to find just the right mixture, but this seems to really work. I understand we've been contacted by two other speedways that want to use Jim's 'recipe' for their venues.

"The ground tends to settle over time which can lead to dips in the racing surface, something you see at many speedways," said Gossage.

"We consider this to be routine maintenance and fully expect to be doing this type of work from time to time to ensure the smoothest possible racing surface."

The racing surface has already been removed between turns 3 and 4 and preliminary work has now started on turns 1 and 2. Crews will then move to the backstretch and then finally, to the frontstretch of the speedway.

The project is scheduled to wrap up late summer in time for the Sept. 13-16 RPM Week Texas events including the Sept. 14 Dallas Morning News Pole, the Sept. 15 Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and the Sept. 16 Chevy 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series event.

-TMS-

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