CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Speedway Increase Fence

Michigan Speedway Increases Fence Overhang BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan Speedway is increasing the top portion of the protective fencing in front of the grandstands by 4 feet. This is an attempt to prevent another tragedy such as the one that ...

Michigan Speedway Increases Fence Overhang

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan Speedway is increasing the top portion of the protective fencing in front of the grandstands by 4 feet. This is an attempt to prevent another tragedy such as the one that killed three fans last month.

The extension will begin in turn 3 at the beginning of the grand stands and near where Adrian FenandezThey will continue though the stands in turn 2

The 4 foot extension will add about 2 1/2 feet to the fence's height, for a total of 17 feet.

"Work is continuing as we speak," said Gene Haskett, president of Michigan Speedway. "Our staff will work around the clock if necessary to complete the job prior to" the DeVilbiss 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Aug. 16."

"The speedway has canceled test sessions and driving schools to speed construction."

The speedway has hired a consulting firm from Columbus, Ohio, to study the matter and make recommendations Haskett said. He was unsure when it would be finished or how much the work on the track will cost.

"Our total focus is on completing the project," he said. "We have not looked at the cost yet."

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup