Texas to hold demo race for 2012 Olympics

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (July 18, 2000) - Officials of the committee seeking to bring the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to Dallas announced today that it would like to stage an international auto race at Texas Motor Speedway as a demonstration sport should...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (July 18, 2000) - Officials of the committee seeking to bring the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to Dallas announced today that it would like to stage an international auto race at Texas Motor Speedway as a demonstration sport should it be awarded the Games.

Dallas 2012 officials unveiled 33 venue choices that it plans to submit to the United States Olympic Committee later this year. During a meeting with the Dallas 2012 Board of Directors and at a press conference, Dallas 2012 Chairman Tom Luce announced the desire to host the race should the committee's bid be successful.

"We discussed using Texas Motor Speedway as a venue site for several Olympic sports during the Summer Games, but we all felt it would be best to use it as a motor racing facility," said Eddie Gossage, general manager of Texas Motor Speedway and a charter member of the Dallas 2012 board. "Clearly it made the most sense to stage an auto race as one of Dallas 2012's demonstration sports.

"The notion that an international auto race would likely draw the largest crowd since the Olympic Games were founded in ancient Greece was thrilling for everyone involved with Dallas 2012," said Gossage. "We draw single-day crowds in excess of 200,000 people for auto races here. To have a venue this large could be a big boost to the potential Olympic Games in Dallas."

Next season, Texas Motor Speedway will become the only racing facility in the U.S. to host every major form of American motorsports. In the meantime, Dallas 2012 has charged Texas Motor Speedway officials with determining the appropriate formula of racing that would most likely draw the interest of top name drivers from the various motorsports disciplines around the world.

"We have already begun consulting with people in the motorsports industry to determine what kind of car would be most appropriate for an even playing field between the Jeff Gordons, Michael Schumachers, Greg Rays and Juan Montoyas of the world," said Gossage. "We will contact the necessary governing bodies in auto racing. We would hope to have the biggest names from the four corners of the globe participating in the first ever Olympic demonstration sport of auto racing. This project is huge."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Automotive , General
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Schumacher , Greg Ray