Road Course Construction Begins at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 14, 2000) - Fans are buzzing about the photo finish at last Sunday's Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, and they will soon be clamoring about the new road course at the ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 14, 2000) - Fans are buzzing about the photo finish at last Sunday's Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, and they will soon be clamoring about the new road course at the speedway. Construction on the course that will host the Grand Prix of Texas on September 2-3 has begun in the speedway infield.

"The construction of our new road course is the next step in our effort to give the fans more events at Texas Motor Speedway," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "It is exciting to see the work begin on what will be one of the finest road courses in the country."

The new layout will debut with the Grand Prix of Texas on September 2-3, featuring the American Le Mans Series. The weekend also includes the BFGoodrich Trans-Am, Women's Global GT, and Star Mazda series as well as the Speedvision Challenge.

"We are truly excited about bringing the world's best sports car series to Texas and the Fort Worth-Dallas market," said American Le Mans executive director Bill Donaldson. "Texas has enthusiastic race fans who will enjoy watching their favorite sports car brands compete in the Le Mans-style racing. We look forward to bringing this major racing event to the new road course at Texas Motor Speedway."

A number of experts in road racing have been consulted regarding the design and construction of the course. David Brabham, who currently competes in the American Le Mans Series, and three-time Indy 500 champion Johnny Rutherford have provided input to course designers.

The asphalt course will include all four turns on the super speedway as well as the front stretch and will wind through the grass infield along the backstretch. The course can also can be configured to just use the infield portion of the layout.

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Series Automotive , General
Drivers David Brabham , Johnny Rutherford