IRL: Casino Magic 500 and O'Reilly 400 return to Texas

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 14, 2001) - The Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series and the O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races return to Texas Motor Speedway June 7-9. "These series have always provided great racing here,"...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 14, 2001) - The Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series and the O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races return to Texas Motor Speedway June 7-9.

"These series have always provided great racing here," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Last year's Casino Magic 500 had the closest finish in Indy Racing history with Scott Sharp barely edging out Robby McGehee for the win. That's the kind of racing the fans want to see and I'm sure they won't be disappointed."

The Casino Magic Race Week kicks off with the Thursday, June 7 Kodiak Qualifying Night for both the Indy cars and the trucks. Truck qualifying begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the Indy cars at 8:30 p.m. that evening.

On Friday, June 8, gates will open at Noon. Green flag for the O'Reilly 400 is 8:00 p.m. Fans will also have the chance to meet some of the Indy Racing drivers that evening on the speedway main concourse in a special autograph session beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 with the Casino Magic 500 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for all race week events are available at the speedway ticket office, by phone at (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and through all participating Ticketmaster locations.

CASINO MAGIC 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series & O'REILLY 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY June 7-9, 2001 PUBLIC SCHEDULE <pre> As of 5/14/01

Thursday, June 7, 2001 12:00 pm Gates Open 12:30 - 2:45 pm Truck Practice 3:00 pm Suites Open 3:00 - 4:00 pm Indy Practice 4:15 - 5:30 pm Kodiak Qualifying - Trucks 5:45 - 7:15 pm Indy Practice 7:25 - 8:25 pm Truck "Happy Hour" 8:30 pm Kodiak Qualifying - Indy

Friday, June 8, 2001 1:00 pm Gates Open 1:45 - 2:45 pm Indy Practice 3:00 pm Suites Open 3:00 - 4:30 pm Legends Races 4:45 - 5:15 pm Indy Final Practice 6:00 pm Indy Drivers Autograph Session (Main Concourse) 8:00 pm O'Reilly 400 (167 laps on ESPN2 - 250.5 miles)

Saturday, June 9, 2001 3:00 pm Gates and Suites Open 3:30 - 5:30 pm Legends Races 7:00 pm Casino Magic 500 (200 laps on ESPN - 300 miles)

-TMS-

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Robby McGehee , Scott Sharp