The Verizon IndyCar Series only driver/team owner Ed Carpenter was on hand alongside Verizon IndyCar Series President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye as they unveiled the renovations of the Texas Motor Speedway which plays host to the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 on June 10, round nine of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Carpenter and Frye joined Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage at the event where Carpenter drove a number of laps in a pace car and speaking following his run in the car he commented by saying:

I’m excited to get out there in an Indy car. “Obviously, the Chevy SS is nice and can get some speed, but it is a lot different car from an Indy car. But from what I could tell, it’s greatly improved, a lot smoother and I think the reconfiguration as drivers and teams we like challenges and it’s something different. Having diversity between 1, 2, 3 and 4 is something good for racing obviously and with it wider Indy cars may be able to go five wide through there.

Gossage commented on the new layout of the circuit by saying:

Marcus Smith, president of Speedway Motorsports Incorporated which is our parent company, suggested why don’t we re-profile Turns 1 and 2,” Gossage said. “Let’s make it a little flatter – that’s something we’ve always wanted to do is reduce the banking here if we could to make the cars slow down a little bit. He said let’s re-profile it and as it turned out we were able to lower the banking from 24 to 20 degrees in Turns 1 and 2 and widen the track in the process. The re-profiling is a great idea from Marcus Smith.

Verizon IndyCar Series president of competition and operations, Jay Frye commented by saying:

Obviously, now it will be a big day for us because with the new configuration the track has changed. “We had what we think was a pretty phenomenal event last year after that 76-day red flag, the longest red flag in motorsports history if you remember that.

“Again, we couldn’t be more proud to be here. We couldn’t be more excited about what you (TMS) have done and it’s amazing how things happen here and it happens fast. That’s a testament to what they do and this is a great facility and we’re really glad to be coming back

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