Reconstruction Of Racing Surface At Texas Motor Speedway Announced Today FORT WORTH-DALLAS, April 7 -- Texas Motor Speedway announced today a reconstruction of the racing surface following Sunday's Texas 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.
Reconstruction Of Racing Surface At Texas Motor Speedway Announced Today
FORT WORTH-DALLAS, April 7 -- Texas Motor Speedway announced today a reconstruction of the racing surface following Sunday's Texas 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.
``Obviously, the changes made after the inaugural race weren't adequate,'' Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith said. ``What we need is a complete revamping to make it similar to Charlotte. Texas is the same size and configuration as Charlotte and what we will do is follow, as closely as possible, those contours of Charlotte, which is one of the best on the circuit.''
Smith said the turns would be modified to make the entrance and exits compatible for the big NASCAR Winston Cup cars.
``In addition, we will repave with a much smoother and tighter asphalt mix that will drain quickly. We will also install a more complete drainage system to solve our seepage problem,'' he said.
Smith said he estimated costs of the new revamping at $1 - $2 million.
``How and when we complete this will be decided soon. We are working on the seepage problem now, and that comes first. The water problem will be rectified in the next few weeks,'' Smith said.
The next racing event at Texas is the NASCAR Craftsman Truck/Pep Boys Indy Racing League (IRL) weekend, June 5-6.
``We have built a tremendous motorsports facility in Texas for our fans. What we must do now is build the best racing surface we can for the drivers,'' Smith said.
Smith said he will confer with a team of engineers and asphalt specialists as well as NASCAR officials, drivers and crew chiefs, to determine the exact changes to be made.
``We want to assure everyone, especially NASCAR and competitors, that we are putting forth maximum commitment to solve these problems and that they will be solved,'' said Smith.
SOURCE: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.