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SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EVENTS FOR LONE STAR 500 WEEKEND FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 15, 1999) - Indy Car racing won't be the only excitement at Texas Motor Speedway Oct. 16-17 as the speedway today announced two additional events scheduled...

SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EVENTS FOR LONE STAR 500 WEEKEND

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 15, 1999) - Indy Car racing won't be the only excitement at Texas Motor Speedway Oct. 16-17 as the speedway today announced two additional events scheduled for the Lone Star 500 race weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, three of the world's top motorcyclists will compete in the World Motorcycle Jumping Championship sanctioned by The World Motorcycle Jumping Federation. The event will be held along the frontstretch of the speedway immediately following Pep Boys Indy Racing League qualifying. Three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will be the official scorer. Three jumpers - Doug Danger, Super Ken Mackow and Bob Peet - will jump for distance and accuracy to a target painted on the landing ramp. The ramps will be moved to three distances - 60, 80 and 100 feet - with scoring being based on the back tire of the motorcycle touching on or near the bullseye.

Bob Peet will also attempt to set a new world's record by jumping ramp to ramp over seven cars - using no hands on the landing.

Danger, who holds the world's record for the longest ramp to ramp jump of 251 feet, arrived at Wednesday's announcement in a stylish designer suit. But, he wasn't walking; instead he made his entrance popping a wheelie on a XR-250 Honda.

"We're pleased to have the top motorcyclists in the business coming to Texas Motor Speedway," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "These guys know how to put on a thrilling show. It's going to be a great addition to The Dallas Morning News Pole Day activities."

"I've appeared at events all over the world," said Danger. "This facility is one of the best I've seen. I'm looking forward to this event - it's going to be a great show and a lot of fun."

Danger may be heading into the Texas competition with yet another world record. On Oct. 10 in Las Vegas, he will attempt to break Robbie Knieval's record of jumping tractor-trailers. Knieval holds the current record of 17 - Danger will attempt 18.

On Sunday, Oct. 17, a fan-favorite event returns to the speedway. As part of the pre-show for the Lone Star 500, 12 of the area's best cab drivers will compete for top honors in The Great American Taxi Race.

"This will once again be an international event," said Gossage. "We have several drivers from all over the world who competed last year who are returning for this year's event as well."

Three drivers, "Bobby" Bassran of India, "Arraya" of Egypt, and Ali Sharif of Iran, were on-hand representing the three Dallas-area cab companies who will compete - Choice Cabs, Terminal Taxi and Big Tex Taxi. The drivers will be banging fenders in four heats on the ¼-mile oval of the speedway. Drivers will start three-abreast and after passing their first stop sign, will narrow down to two "toll lanes." They will then have to make a stop at a "newsstand" where traffic narrows down to only one lane. From there they must weave through cones, pick up a "passenger," parallel park the cab and then make a hasty dash for the finish line.

Winners of each of the four heats will then compete in a final dash for the top spot.

The speedway also unveiled two potential designs for the recently announced infield road course.

"We continue to study several options," said Gossage. "Of these two designs, we are leaning more heavily toward the one which has the entire infield portion of the course on the east side of the infield. We like the idea of keeping our main road through the center of the infield open and available for use during an event."

The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Texas will be run on the new course Saturday night, Sept. 2, 2000. The event will be nationally televised Sunday, Sept. 3 on NBC.

Tickets are still available for the Oct. 17 Lone Star 500 and the Saturday, Oct. 16 Dallas Morning News Pole Day which includes the World Motorcycle Jumping Championship and a special autograph session with the IRL drivers.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500 or go online to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Rutherford