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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INDYCAR SERIES RACE WINNERS NEWGARDEN, RAHAL CONDUCT FIRESTONE TIRE TEST  IN TEXAS SUMMER HEAT

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INDYCAR SERIES RACE WINNERS NEWGARDEN, RAHAL CONDUCT FIRESTONE TIRE TEST  IN TEXAS SUMMER HEAT     FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. , 2019) – Reigning IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 race winner Josef Newgarden and 2016 race winner Graham Rahal spent Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway in the 100-plus degree heat conducting a tire test…

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INDYCAR AND TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AGREE TO TERMS FOR RETURN OF INDYCAR TO TMS FOR FOUR YEARS

INDYCAR AND TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AGREE TO TERMS                          FOR RETURN OF INDYCAR TO TMS

• Four-Year Agreement Secures Verizon IndyCar Series At TMS Through 2022

• DXC Technology Renews For 2019 As Entitlement Sponsor Of “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” on Saturday, June 8, 2019

• Speedway Schedule Now Finalized For Next Season

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 23, 2018) – Texas Motor Speedway and INDYCAR have agreed to terms on a four-year sanction agreement for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the world-renowned motorsports facility through 2022.

In conjunction with the long-term agreement with the series, Texas Motor Speedway and DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) announced that the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company will return as the entitlement sponsor for the 2019 event, to be held Saturday, June 8. This will be DXC Technology’s second year in the sponsorship role with Texas Motor Speedway.

 

The DXC Technology 600 – “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” – will be held in the schedule slot two weeks following the Indianapolis 500. That race weekend will mark the 23rd consecutive year that the Verizon IndyCar Series has competed at Texas Motor Speedway, dating to the venue’s inaugural season in 1997. The speedway also has played host to a series-record 30 races, including the season finale on six occasions from 1999 to 2004.

The DXC Technology 600 race weekend will include its traditional companion race in the rebranded NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the Rattlesnake 400, on Friday, June 7.

“Texas Motor Speedway is the second home of Indy-car racing, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series and with DXC Technology,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “We are pleased to have negotiated a sanction agreement that allows Texas Motor Speedway to move forward with INDYCAR. Our company has invested significant dollars into the sport and a tremendous amount of effort growing the sport through the years.”

For video of Gossage’s comments on the return of INDYCAR and DXC Technology as well as the 2019 season schedule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss97myudzlY&feature=youtu.be

Texas Motor Speedway has been vital to the growth, prosperity and memorable moments of the Verizon IndyCar Series over the past 22 seasons. Those moments include the A.J. Foyt-Arie Luyendyk Victory Lane scuffle in 1997, being the series’ first venue to play host to an Indy-car race under the lights and having three of the top-10 closest finishes in series history, including the track-record .0080 margin of victory when Graham Rahal edged James Hinchcliffe in 2016.

“So many great moments in this sport have occurred at Texas Motor Speedway,” Gossage said. “This is and always will be ‘America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race.’ Photo finishes and Victory Lane drama have been the standard over the years. No other track has seen as many Verizon IndyCar Series races over the last two-plus decades. Texas Motor Speedway has been good for Indy-car racing and Indy-car racing has been good for Texas Motor Speedway.”

With the return of the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019, the Texas Motor Speedway schedule is now solidified for next year. TMS will open next season March 29-31 with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 tripleheader, featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series JAG Metals 350 will be held Friday, March 29, and be followed by the Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday, March 30, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31.

NASCAR will return in November for postseason action with the AAA Texas 500 doubleheader. Texas Motor Speedway will play host to NASCAR Playoff races Saturday, Nov. 2, with the Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 and Sunday, Nov. 3, with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500.

The Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals will move from the spring weekend and be held Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

Season tickets for 2019, which begin as low as $199, will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Race tickets for children 12 and under remain at $10 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series races, and free for the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series events. Season ticket packages for children 12 and under also are available at a special rate.

For more information, please call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

 

NEWS RELEASE: DIXON TAKES DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 FOR THIRD INDYCAR WIN AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

DIXON WINS DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 FOR THIRD CAREER INDYCAR WIN AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Dixon Moves Into Third On The All-Time Indy-car Wins List With 43rd Career Victory
  • Simon Pagenaud Get Runner-Up Finish For Car/Race Sponsor DXC Technology; Alexander Rossi Rounds Off Podium
  • Photos, Video and B-Roll From Today’s Today’s PPG 400 here
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2018) — Another Saturday, another victory for Scott Dixon.
One week after winning Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix last weekend, Dixon rolled to his third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory on Texas Motor Speedway’s high-banked/1.5-mile oval in the DXC Technology 600.
Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, led the race’s final 119 of 248 laps en route to a 4.2943-second margin of victory over Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske. Alexander Rossi rounded out the podium for Andretti Autosport.
“Car setup was obviously phenomenal,” said Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. “Strategy was perfect. So it’s nice to have one of those nights. It’s not too often you get sort of a runaway, especially in the series at the moment. It was kind of cool to see for us.”
The result moved Dixon _ a four-time series champion _ past Team Penske’s Will Power into the Verizon IndyCar Series championship lead by 23 points over Rossi after nine of 17 events. Power, winner of this event last June, began the race with a five-point lead over Dixon but exited Texas in third with 321 points. The reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, Power was relegated to an 18th-place finish after a crash involving rookie Zachary Claman De Melo on Lap 205.
Dixon’s 43rd career Indy car victory broke him out of a tie with Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list. The 37-year-old New Zealander now trails only open-wheel icons Mario Andretti and all-time leader A.J. Foyt Jr. of Houston.
“It’s really cool,” said Dixon, wearing a white cowboy hat during his post-race presser. “Obviously I have massive respect for a lot of these drivers. But when you look at those names _ A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, the Unsers _ to me it still seems very strange that ‘Dixon’ is on that list, too.
“I feel very privileged and lucky to do what I get to do. I love racing. I love the Verizon IndyCar Series. I think it’s the best racing on the planet, one of the most difficult with all the disciplines. For me, man, I just hope it continues. I hope we can keep a winning style, pick up wins. It’s so difficult right now it’s so competitive.” Forty-two of his wins, Dixon noted, have come while driving for Ganassi.
Dixon previously won “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” in 2008 and 2015. His third win at TMS moved him into a tie with Sam Hornish Jr. of Team Penske, and one behind all-time leader Helio Castroneves, also of Roger Penske’s juggernaut.
Dixon’s 119 laps-led moved him from fifth to second among open-wheel competitors here with 484, dating to his first start in Cowtown in 2003.
The race was the first here run with sanctioning body INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal chassis built by Dallara. The sleek chassis produces approximately 100 fewer pounds of downforce in a bid to make the cars more difficult to handle, place more emphasis on driver skill and eliminate the pack racing previously associated with TMS.
The new chassis, North Texas’ triple-digit heat and a softer tire compound provided by Firestone Racing combined to raise concerns among some drivers about the quality of show during the 372-mile event.
“I think we had a few marks on some tires, but nothing that was performance for us,” Dixon said. “Definitely wasn’t a safety issue from Firestone. They knew it wasn’t going to be. They sent out a bulletin last night saying they were 100 percent behind the tire, it was going to be no problem.We didn’t see any issues out there. There were some marks on tires, but sometimes with these tracks _ the G-loads, the loading that we get _ you’re going to have that.”
Dixon added some of the concern was voiced because the weekend’s first 90-minute practice was conducted during the heat of Friday afternoon, while the race started at 7:45 p.m. (CDT) Saturday.
“The track changes significantly once we get to the nighttime,” said Dixon, who paced the final one-hour practice Friday evening. “Once the track temp goes down, the grip really comes up. I had that sensation at the end of the last practice last night. Once the track temp started to come down, the grip level really came up. I knew it was going to be a pretty good situation for the race.
“I think some may have wanted it to be a little bit more closer, but it looked like in the mid-pack, at least from my view when I was having to pass people, the racing was pretty tough. Definitely some side-by-side stuff, some action. It wasn’t just follow-the-leader. It was pretty cool to race out there.”
Pagenaud said the pre-race concerns about blistering did not affect his strategy. “I’ll tell you what,” Pagenaud said. “The biggest thing before the race I asked my racing engineer (Ben Bretzman) and I asked Cara Adams (chief engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports), ‘Is it safe?’ She said, ‘Absolutely.’ When the tire manufacturer tells you you’re going to have blisters but it’s safe, you feel more confident going into the race. It’s amazing a tire manufacturer can have that kind of confidence.”
Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet, started and finished second to score his first top-five of 2018. Rossi, driver of the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda, earned his fourth top-five in the last five races.
Only nine of 22 starters finished on the lead lap in an event that produced just three cautions. The third and final caution _ for the incident involving Power and Claman De Melo _ bunched race-leader Dixon with Pagenaud, Rossi, James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport. Dixon nailed the restart on Lap 215 and his advantage grew to a massive 6.4484-seconds on Lap 244.
“Yeah, the race was smooth,” Dixon said. “Got a little tricky there towards the end. I wasn’t sure, we were kind of right in the zone to try and do that last stint without a pit stop. We had to get a pretty big fuel number. That’s what I was worried about. Simon and I kind of checked-out. I just automatically thought the others were trying to get to the end of the race without having to do that last pit stop.
“Again, pleasantly surprised once everybody pitted on the lead lap in that last pit sequence.”
Dixon’s next race will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France _ the world’s most prestigious endurance event _ next Saturday and Sunday as a member of Ganassi’s Ford GT program. But before packing his bags for Paris and Du Mans, ‘Dixie’ reiterated how much he enjoys competing in the Dallas-Fort Worth market and working with TMS President Eddie Gossage.
“It’s always been a special place,” Dixon said of TMS. “I think Eddie and his whole team just do a fantastic job. The track has changed throughout the years, the style of racing has changed throughout the years. That changes from year-to-year. But the way that he does it, you know, when you get to fire guns, wear cowboy hats _ ’15 since my last win, nice to get a new hat, the other one was getting a little worn out. So that was definitely a positive.

“I love coming here. This event is really cool.”

NEWGARDEN TAKES U.S. CONCRETE QUALIFYING DAY POLE FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S DXC TECHNOLOGY 600

NEWGARDEN EARNS DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 INDYCAR POLE, LEADS TEAM PENSKE TO TOP-THREE QUALIFYING SWEEP

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 8, 2018) – Josef Newgarden paced Team Penske to a top-three sweep during Friday’s U.S. Concrete Qualifying Day for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Newgarden, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, earned the pole position by touring Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in a combined two-lap total of 46.9964 seconds/220.613 mph in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 series champion, will start second after posting a two-lap average of 47.0607 seconds/220.311 mph in his No. 22 DXC Technology Chevy.

The last driver with a shot at Newgarden was teammate Will Power, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and winner of last year’s race here. But Power’s combined run of 47.0857 seconds/220.194 mph slotted the Australian’s No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevy into third.
“I think this is a big boost for us, especially coming off Detroit,” said Newgarden, referring to Honda’s domination of qualifying and both races of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park last weekend. “To come here and have speed again is really nice. Comes down to the team, the personnel we have, and you see that when we go 1-2-3. That impresses me the most. Team Chevy, when you look at the speed in the Month of May and the (Indianapolis) 500, that’s a big part of it. Now that we have speed we need to figure out a way to make the tires last.”
Saturday night’s 248-lap/372-mile event will be the first contested at Texas Motor Speedway with sanctioning body INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal aero kit chassis built by Dallara. The chassis reportedly produces 100 fewer pounds of downforce, making the cars more difficult to handle and putting more emphasis on driver skill.
“This car is more sensitive to track temperature,” Newgarden said on a 94-degree afternoon that sent track temps around 135 degrees. “Looking after tires will be more of the equation this year. For a show, we’re trying to optimize what drivers want and what fans want. It’s a car that you can race and get close with. Guys will have to work to maintain the balance and maintain the tire life for the full stint. But I do think we’ll have a great race.”
Newgarden scored his fourth career pole, second this season, first at TMS and first on a superspeedway. Team Penske now has eight poles at Texas Motor Speedway, most of any organization. The pole also was the 259th in the history of the open-wheel juggernaut founded by Roger Penske.
Series rookie Robert Wickens led the Honda contingent in fourth at 47.2214 seconds/219.561 mph in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry. Rounding out the top five was Sebastien Bourdais at 47.2772 seconds/219.302 mph in the No. 18 Team SealMater Honda fielded by Dale Coyne Racing.
A field of 22 cars will compete in Saturday’s edition of “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Series Race.” Round No. 9 of the schedule will be televised on NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m. CT with the pre-race show. The green flag is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

Tickets for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600, along with a SPEED Energy SUPER Truck Series race before and after the Verizon IndyCar Series event, are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500.

 

NEWS RELEASE:NEWGARDEN, CARPENTER, PIGOT TEST NEW UNIVERSAL INDYCAR AERO KIT FOR CHEVROLET AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

NEWGARDEN, CARPENTER, PIGOT TEST NEW UNIVERSAL INDYCAR AERO KIT FOR CHEVROLET AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FORT WORTH, Texas (November 15, 2017) – The following is an event recap from Wednesday’s Chevrolet test session at Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ new universal aero kit that will debut in the 2018 season….

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TMS ANNOUNCES REPAVE, RE-PROFILING OF 1.5-MILE LAYOUT

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES MAJOR PROJECT FOR COMPLETE REPAVE, EXPANSIVE DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND RE-PROFILING OF CURRENT 1.5-MILE LAYOUT

FORT WORTH, Texas (January 6, 2017) – Texas Motor Speedway will begin a major capital improvement project Monday consisting of a complete repave, construction of an extensive drainage system and a re-profiling of the 1.5-mile oval configuration at the world-renowned motorsports facility that annually plays host to NASCAR and INDYCAR events.

The renovation will add a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, an expansive French drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch, and reduce the banking in Turns 1 and 2 by four degrees. Barring extensive weather delays, the project is expected to be completed by early to mid-March in anticipation of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader scheduled for April 7-9.

The repaving and drainage system come as a result of issues the facility was incurring in attempting to dry the racing surface, in particular this past year when both NASCAR race weekends and the INDYCAR race were affected by weather-related delays. While the aged track surface at Texas Motor Speedway is lauded by drivers, speedway officials made the decision to repave in the best interests of their fans that had to deal with the inconveniences of the delays.

“The fans are why we are doing this,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “The old pavement no longer dried as quickly because through the years of use and weather, the asphalt became porous, kind of like a sponge. Even if we only had a brief shower it was taking us far too long to get the track dried in order to get on to the racing. We owe it to the fans to present the best possible race track so they will be assured of seeing NASCAR and INDYCAR races even if we face some brief inclement weather. This will accomplish that goal.” (Click here for complete interviews with Gossage and Swift along with b-roll.)

Lane Construction Corp., with offices in neighboring Justin, Texas, will handle the repaving project and is known as the preeminent paving company for NASCAR speedways. The company has paved several prominent speedways since 2003 including such marquee facilities as Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.

The repave will feature an asphalt mix similar to the surfaces at SMI sister tracks, Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The mix used in conjunction with the construction method will aid in the track’s properties of an “aged” track.

For the installation of the French drainage system, trenches will be cut in numerous locations on the frontstretch and backstretch to provide multiple points for water to drain away from the facility more quickly and efficiently than the current system. The drainable mat installation that will tie into a continuous toe drain will aid in the drainage of the track as well.

In addition to the repaving and drainage system, Texas Motor Speedway will undergo a re-profiling in Turns 1 and 2 to give the venue a more unique layout from its currently symmetrical 24-degree banking in all four turns. While Turns 3 and 4 will remain unchanged, the banking of Turns 1 and 2 will be decreased to 20 degrees with the racing surface width expanding from 60 to 80 feet in that section of the track.

“Due to the issues we had in 2016 with moisture and track drying, we had to take steps to correct the problems to give the fans the experience they deserve,” said Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Vice President of Operations and Development Steve Swift, who is coordinating the project. “With that task at hand, we looked at what would be the best way to create more exciting racing and to correct the water issues. We are excited to put these practices in place and create another great SMI race.”

Texas Motor Speedway track upgrades (image courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway)

Texas Motor Speedway track upgrades (image courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway)

The reduced banking, which will decrease lap speeds and potentially open up additional passing opportunities in Turns 1 and 2, will provide Texas Motor Speedway with a new, distinctive layout for a 1.5-mile oval that will be more challenging to the drivers and add more action for the fans.

“For years, I’ve heard the absurd comments about 1.5-mile tracks being tagged as ‘cookie-cutter’ tracks,” Gossage said. “While nothing could be further from the truth – all 1.5-mile tracks are different – this assures once and for all that Texas Motor Speedway is unique, unlike any other track in the sport. That’s the way we like it here in No Limits, Texas.”

There will be four stages to the project beginning with the installation of the drainage system on the backstretch. The same construction will follow on the frontstretch, with the third stage being the grade changes in Turns 1 and 2. The final stage would be the repaving.

This will be the second full repave since Texas Motor Speedway opened in 1997. That project occurred in the summer of 2001 as the speedway had the racing surface repaved with a granite-based asphalt compound from the original limestone-based asphalt.


TSO thoughts and notes (from Steve)

  • It will be fascinating to see what impact this has when the Verizon IndyCar Series visits for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 in June. The new track surface should induce more grip and thusly more speed, and the re-profiling of Turns 1 and 2 will give the engineers a new challenge; finding the correct balance that will work at both ends of the track. 
  • With rain impacting the racing at Texas Motor Speedway, it’s great to see a track embracing new draining technology. 
  • We can’t wait to see what Eddie Gossage has up his sleeve for promoting this improvement. 

RAINGUARD WATER SEALERS SIGNS THREE-YEAR DEAL AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR ANNUAL JUNE INDYCAR RACE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

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RAINGUARD WATER SEALERS SIGNS THREE-YEAR DEAL AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR ANNUAL JUNE INDYCAR RACE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
* Newly Named Rainguard® Water Sealers™ 600 Set For Saturday, June 10, On 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule*
FORT WORTH, Texas (December 5, 2016) – Rainguard® Water Sealers™, a rapidly growing private water sealant and graffiti protection coating company, has signed a three-year agreement with Texas Motor Speedway to become the entitlement sponsor of the annual Verizon IndyCar Series race held in June at the world-renowned motorsports facility.

The multi-year deal for “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race,” will begin with the 2017 event scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at the Fort Worth-based speedway. The race will be rebranded the Rainguard® Water Sealers™ 600 and serve as the ninth event on the Verizon IndyCar Series’ current 17-race schedule for next season.

The agreement is the first entitlement sponsorship of any kind for the company that is based is Newport Beach, Calif. Specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We extremely pleased to have Texas Motor Speedway and “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” serve as the initial sponsorship venture into motorsports and sports in general for Rainguard Water Sealers,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “We look forward to providing Rainguard with an exceptional first experience as an entitlement sponsor and help the company attain their goals through this sponsorship agreement.”

Rainguard®, founded in 1969 as a manufacturer of architectural grade coatings used in the construction industry, is utilizing the sponsorship to enhance the consumer awareness and growth of the company that in 2010 developed a full line of specialty sealer products for the home improvement marketplace. The company specializes in premium sealers, interior and exterior sealers, water protection and exterior stains for a diverse assortment of surfaces that are sold through major distributors such as Home Depot and Walmart, among others.

The entitlement of the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was particularly appealing to Rainguard® due in large part to the top-five metropolitan market size of Dallas/Fort Worth and the growth of INDYCAR in recent years. The Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts have increased 55 percent in viewership since 2013; social media conversation of the sport has increased 126 percent in that same timeframe; and more than 57 million Americans identify themselves as INDYCAR fans, according to the sanctioning body. Also, more than a dozen new sponsors came aboard to INDYCAR in 2016 alone.

“I’ve always believed that Indy racing is a great way to move a company’s brand to the next level. That coupled with the incredible venue at Texas Motor Speedway, made the decision easy,” Rainguard International President Claude Florent said. “We are committed to solidifying Rainguard as a respected national brand of home-improvement sealers, and creating effective and safe solutions for every homeowner throughout the nation. There is no better way than partnering with Indy and Texas Motor Speedway.”

For ticket information on the 2017 Rainguard® Water Sealers™ 600, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES PLAN POLICE SALUTES FOR ‘BACK THE BLUE NIGHT’ AT NEXT WEEK’S FIRESTONE 600

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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES PLAN POLICE SALUTES FOR ‘BACK THE BLUE NIGHT’ AT NEXT WEEK’S FIRESTONE 600

  • Indy Cars To Feature “Back The Blue” Decals, Drivers To Wear Ball Caps Of Local, National Law Enforcement Agencies To Exhibit Support Of Officers Nationwide
  • Indy 500 Champ Rossi Visiting Dallas And Fort Worth Police Departments Today To Provide Firestone 600 Tickets For Officers, Personally Thank Them For Their Service

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 17, 2016) – Texas Motor Speedway, in partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series, has special salutes planned to honor the dedicated and heroic service of police officers for its “Back The Blue Night” at the Firestone 600 on Saturday, Aug. 27.

In addition to Texas Motor Speedway providing free admission for police officers and a companion to the Verizon IndyCar Series race, the speedway and sanctioning body also will honor officers with the following tributes:

  • Each team will adhere a “Back The Blue” decal on their car competing in the Firestone 600. All Texas Motor Speedway-branded vehicles also will carry the decal.
  • Each driver will receive a ball cap representing a local police department or national law enforcement agency to wear for pre-race activities and on the grid. They also will autograph the hats and return them to the participating agencies as a gesture of gratitude.
  • Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce, who survived being shot seven times during a manhunt on March 16, will return as race Grand Marshal and give the command for the drivers to start their engines. Officer Pearce also will address the drivers during their pre-race meeting and personally thank them for their support.

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi officially will kick off the “Back The Blue” salutes today by visiting the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department and Fort Worth Police Department. Rossi, the native Californian who drives for Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian, will be joined by Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage to provide 200 Firestone 600 tickets to each department for the officers and their families as well as personally thank the officers for their service.

SMI Properties, the speedway’s official merchandiser, will be providing a limited supply of Texas Motor Speedway polo shirts, ball caps and die-cast cars for the officers and Levy Restaurants, the speedway’s official concessionaire, will be bringing trays of cookies for each department.

“Back The Blue Night” will honor police officers near and far by providing them and a companion free admission to the Firestone 600. Police personnel will be required to show their badge or proper identification at Gate 4 for admittance to the event that will have general admission seating. Texas Motor Speedway also will extend this offer to all first responders that show proper identification at the gate.

The Firestone 600 will begin at 8 p.m. CT and be televised live on NBCSN. The race also will be available live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network as well as locally on 95.9 The Ranch.

The Firestone 600 is the resumption of the race that was postponed Saturday, June 11, due to weather and rescheduled for the following day. A total of 71 of the scheduled 248 laps were run June 12 before the race was suspended due to inclement weather. The race, which now is in the championship stretch of the season as the third-to-last race, will resume on Lap 72 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe leading.

The “Restart Your Engines” schedule begins with gates opening to the public at 4 p.m. CT. Race activities start with a Verizon IndyCar Series practice from 4:30-5 p.m. and an autograph session featuring the entire driver field from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on the main concourse.

Texas Motor Speedway will be offering fans attending the one-day event some additional perks including $1 hot dogs and Coca-Cola beverages from Levy Restaurants and the first 3,000 fans receiving a free vintage Indy-car t-shirt compliments of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties. SMIP also will provide fans with free souvenir race programs from the original June event while supplies last.

All frontstretch seating, including premium sections, will be general admission and priced at $28 with children 12 and under at $10.

For more information, please contact the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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NEWS RELEASE: RAIN POSTPONES CONCLUSION OF FIRESTONE 600 TO AUG. 27

RAIN POSTPONES CONCLUSION OF FIRESTONE 600 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES TO SATURDAY, AUG. 27
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 12, 2016) – The completion of the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway has been postponed to Saturday, Aug. 27.
The race, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 11, was postponed due to wet track conditions. It ran today but was red-flagged when heavy rain began after 71 laps. James Hinchcliffe was the leader of the race when it was stopped.
When the Verizon IndyCar Series returns on Aug. 27, there will be a practice session and full-field autograph session prior to the race, which will start at 7 p.m. CDT. More details as the full day schedule, and other TMS activities, will be announced at a future date.
Fans already holding tickets will be able to use those for the race in August.
“We felt that was the best way to serve all the fans,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said of the rescheduled date. “We maybe could have hung around and tried to get it dry tonight and run until halfway but that’s not right. We wanted to give the fans a race today.”
If fans, who had tickets, are unable to attend the race in August, their unused ticket may be exchanged for another race ticket of equal or lesser value within one calendar year (1 for 1 ticket exchanges only). The original ticket buyer may contact the TMS Fan Relations team at (817) 215-8500 to request replacement tickets and if the ticket holder is NOT the original ticket buyer, they need to return the physical ticket to the TMS Ticket Office in order to request an exchange. Any ticket may be upgraded for a future event by paying the difference in ticket price (based on availability). There will be no refunds on tickets given for rescheduled races. No credits will be issued for exchanges of lesser value and complimentary/zero dollar tickets may not be exchanged for a future date, but will be available for the rescheduled event.
Broadcast information for the Aug. 27 race will be announced at a later date.

Texas – Announcement to come at 5:00pm! (Live Stream on Facebook)

By Patrick Stephan Eddie Gossage, TMS president and Jay Frye, president of competition and operations for INDYCAR will come in to the media center to make an announcement at 5:00pm. The announcement will be streamed live on the IndyCar Series Facebook page!      …

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