Officials at Texas Motor Speedway confirmed on Friday that major renovation work will began at the 1.5 mile oval on Monday.
The circuit will be completely repaved and will feature major changes to the drainage system at the circuit as a result the postponement of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Firestone 600 which had to be rescheduled due to bad weather.
In a statement, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said:
The fans are why we are doing this, 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.
Turn’s 1 and 2 at the circuit will be re profiled to give the speedway a more unique lay-out. Vice president of operations and development at Speedway Motorsports Inc the owners of Texas Motor Speedway commented by saying:
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, 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.
Gossage went on to say:
For years, I’ve heard the absurd comments about 1.5-mile tracks being tagged as ‘cookie-cutter’ tracks. “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.
The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to Texas Motor Speedway for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 on June 10. For ticket info visit – http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/