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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 600 logo

* 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 or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.




  • 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

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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.

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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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FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2016) – The Verizon IndyCar Series field will be on high alert during the Firestone 600 as Robosaurus, the world’s largest car-crushing, fire-breathing robot, will display its strengths for race fans at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 11.
Robosaurus will make its triumphant return to Texas Motor Speedway for a special performance at 6 p.m. CT prior to the start of the Firestone 600 at 7:45 p.m. (TV: NBC Sports Network, Radio: SiriusXM Channel 209, IMS Network and 95.9 FM The Ranch locally).
The 30-ton, 40-foot-tall, fire-breathing T-Rex has a knack for crushing cars and planes with 28,000 pounds of biting force per square inch and is scheduled to feast on several cars in its visit to Texas Motor Speedway. (Click here for video.) 
The transforming T-Rex has life-like movements generated by a pilot that sits in the cockpit in the robot’s cranium. Each of the pilot’s arms is placed in a cuff-restraint system. When the pilot moves his arms and shoulders, Robosaurus’ arms and shoulders move as well. Finger controls open and close its claws while foot pedals steer the mechanical beast.
This will mark Robosaurus’ second appearance at Texas Motor Speedway, having visited at this same Verizon IndyCar Series event in June of 2004.
Enjoying the thrill of Robosaurus and the Firestone 600 is simple with Texas Motor Speedway’s “INDYCAR Sights & Sounds 2-Pack” that includes two tickets to the race along with a scanner rental and two ear sets for just $49. Fans will get to listen to their favorite drivers and teams as they plan their race-winning strategy.
The Firestone 600 is part of an INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader weekend that also includes the Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400 on Friday, June 10. To purchase tickets, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit


Ryan Hunter-Reay tests his No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda  at Texas Motor Speedway on May 3, 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway)

Ryan Hunter-Reay tests his No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda at Texas Motor Speedway on May 3, 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway)


FORT WORTH, Texas (May 3, 2016) – The following is an event recap with photo and video links from Tuesday’s test session at Texas Motor Speedway featuring 15 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers preparing for the Firestone 600 on Saturday, June 11.
Event Recap
Fifteen drivers representing five Verizon IndyCar Series organizations participated in a one-day private test session that was scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CT on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval. The drivers were on hand to gather data and information in preparation for the Firestone 600 on Saturday evening, June 11, and represented more than two thirds of the entire Verizon IndyCar Series full-time starting field.
Those drivers that participated in the test session were Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske; Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams; Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport; Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden of Ed Carpenter Racing; and Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
The teams also tested with the new dome skids, a safety feature that mounts beneath the Dallara DW12 chassis and runs the full length of the floor, on the 1.5-mile oval. The dome skids are in place for superspeedways such as Texas Motor Speedway as a safety device to create additional downforce and diminish the chances of the car becoming airborne in the event of a high-speed slide or spin.
While the majority of the test session was held with cars running individually or spaced in small groups, the teams agreed to run some group sessions for data beginning in the final two hours of the test. The group sessions were as large as 10 to 11 cars and the results showed the ability to run and pass in multiple lanes and extremely close side-by-side racing as exhibited particularly by Munoz and Montoya running up front early in the group session.
The Highlight
It is not surprising that a Team Penske driver would be atop the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings after four races, but it is unexpected that it happens to be the least accomplished of the powerhouse quartet. Simon Pagenaud has hit full stride in his second full season at Team Penske after coming over from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to join three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves, two-time Indy 500 and CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya and Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power.
Pagenaud opened the season with a pair of runner-up finishes and then followed with back-to-back victories at Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park, respectively, to give him a commanding 48-point advantage over Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
“I’ve got to give him some foie gras, some wine so he can slow down a little bit,” Castroneves joked. “Good for him. The last year it was tough coming from a different team. This year he has been right up there and he has put himself in position and has taken advantage. Right now there is no question he is the man to beat.”
After multiple-win seasons and top-five finishes in the series championship with Schmidt Peterson in 2014 and ’15, Pagenaud struggled in the transition to his new organization. He was winless and finished 11th in the championship last season with Penske. A year later, he finds himself as the driver to beat at the outset of the season.
“There is not much (difference),” Pagenaud said. “It’s the exact same people. We just started from scratch last year. I joined the team and it was the first time Team Penske started a fourth team. We had to pull some mechanics from the other cars and get some new mechanics from other teams. We got Kyle Moyer, who came to be my strategist. The only known quantity was Ben (Bretzman), my engineer, and myself.
“But it takes a lot more than that to be competitive in INDYCAR racing. You need to be so perfect on the race weekend to win a race because competition is so high that you need to get everything right. It takes time. It’s just like joining a new company. It takes time to understand what your colleagues might mean. It takes time and the dynamics started last year. We had a lot of bad luck last year. There is luck and bad luck in racing. This year is the opposite – we’ve had good fortune. But we are also very strong. We will keep going and stay humble. It’s a long season.”
What They Are Saying
“It’s definitely a tricky place. It’s fun and I think you can see that by what everyone is doing. Everyone is out trying a lot of different things. Josef said some guys are working on qualifying stuff. When we come back here, we practice in the morning and qualify in the heat of the day and then practice. It’s hard to not get any non-traffic running when we come back here. I think you see a lot of guys trying to get part of their set-up sorted out so that when they come back they can focus solely on the race.” – Ed Carpenter on Texas Motor Speedway and Tuesday’s testing.
“I love this track, always have. I have always done well here except for last year. I think the key is to have multiple lanes. That will create a really good race as we saw in Fontana. The more lanes there are, the more clean air you can find. That’s the key.” – Will Power on what he expects when the Verizon IndyCar Series returns for the Firestone 600.
“I’ve got really strong teammates that keep me on my toes every day. You go into the race weekend feeling they are going to kick your ass and you are just fighting to not get your ass kicked. I think we all feel the same way.” – Juan Pablo Montoya on the strength and depth of Team Penske.
“They make a difference. My car is pretty loose here. It was really loose during testing at Indy. The guys that tell you it doesn’t make a difference are lying to be honest. There is obviously some politics going on. The Chevy guys don’t want the sidewalls, but we need it. It definitely affects my car a lot, but we are going to keep working hard and put our heads down and try to make the best of it. I hate that this has become a topic of conversation. We should be talking about how great the Indy 500 is; instead we are talking about dome skids. Nobody even knows what the heck that is.” – Graham Rahal on the dome skids that the teams tested Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway and that also will be used in the Indy 500.
“I’m not going to go into a Honda versus Chevrolet dispute, but my thing is that I was the one upside down last year (at Indy) and no question that’s what we are looking for with safety. It doesn’t matter what car it is; we are looking to make sure that when you have the dome skid when the car is sideways. It adds at least 500 to 1,000 pounds more downforce, which means you are going to keep the car on the ground. That’s basically what we are doing. I feel the IndyCar Series is doing the right thing to test that. The dome skid is not going to hurt the quality of the racing. Right now, there seems to be a big challenge between Chevy and Honda with the aero kit. I think this is more about that. I still don’t think it’s going to hurt.” – Helio Castroneves on the dome skids.
“I hope not!” – Tony Kanaan’s joking reaction to the question if teammate and four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was getting better at this stage of his career. 
Fast Fact
Team Penske driver Will Power will be looking to win the pole position for the fourth consecutive year at the upcoming Firestone 600. He has won the last three poles to move him into a tie with Tomas Scheckter as the all-time leader for INDYCAR pole positions at Texas Motor Speedway with three. Power’s best finish in that pole-winning stretch was runner-up to winner Ed Carpenter in 2014 when the Australian led a race-high 145 laps.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon is the defending champion of the Firestone 600, earning his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway last season. His other win came in 2008 when he went wire-to-wire after winning the pole. Dixon is one of five drivers with multiple victories at Texas Motor Speedway. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves leads the way with four. … Chevy was represented at the test by 10 drivers (Penske, Ganassi, Carpenter) while Honda had five (Andretti and Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan). … The test session was the first appearance on Texas Motor Speedway’s high-banked, 1.5-mile oval for Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton. Castroneves has made the most career starts among the drivers that tested Tuesday, with 18. Dixon and Tony Kanaan are next at 16. … The weather for the test session was sunny and in the mid-70s throughout the day. The average temperature for the June 11 race date of the Firestone 600 hovers around 90 degrees.


FORT WORTH, Texas (April 28, 2016) – More than two-thirds of the Verizon IndyCar Series field will take part in a significant test session Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for the upcoming Firestone 600.
Five organizations and 15 drivers from the 21-car Verizon IndyCar Series field will participate in a one-day test session on the 1.5-mile oval from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT to collect data and information in preparation for the Firestone 600 scheduled for Saturday evening, June 11.
Drivers scheduled to participate in the test are Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske; Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton of Chip Ganassi Racing; Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport; Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden of Ed Carpenter Racing; and Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Select drivers from the participating teams will be available in the media center deadline room during the afternoon lunch break. A list of those drivers and press conference times will be announced Monday.
The Firestone 600, known as “America’s Original Nighttime Indy Car Race,” is the ninth race of the 16-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The event also will be 28th Verizon IndyCar Series race hosted by Texas Motor Speedway, the most in series history.
The Firestone 600 is set for 7:45 p.m. CT and will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.
Texas Motor Speedway is offering the “INDYCAR Sights & Sounds 2-Pack” that includes two tickets to the Firestone 600, a scanner rental and two ear sets for $49. Tickets for the Firestone 600 are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting
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