Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway (1.5 miles, Intermediate, Quad Oval) in Fort Worth, Texas
The Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile oval in the same form as Atlanta or Charlotte and is therefore also known as the sister track. All three ovals have a banking of 24 ° and the characteristic double kinked start / finish line, but Texas is about 35 years younger than his sisters. Other features of the speedways are firstly the extremely high price of money: Since the pot is well filled, of course, get the start - & - Park-entries a bigger piece of the pie than usual, making it a very attractive participation. The race in Texas offer the winner a half million dollars and that is the third largest prize money after the Daytona 500 ($ 1.5 million) and the All-Star Race ($ 1 million), ahead of classics like Indy or the Coca Cola 600, they have to offer just less than half a million dollars. Second, the spectator capacity with 191,122 places after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (at least 257,325.) Is the second largest in NASCAR, even before the two super speedways (Talladega: 175,000, Daytona: 167785) and the Lowe's Motor Speedway (167,000).
Since 1997, the Cup a guest at the Texas Motor Speedway and since 2005 there is also a second race of the season. At that time, Texas and Phoenix each got an appointment from Rockingham and Darlington awarded one of the most controversial calendar adjustments NASCAR history. Rockingham was then no longer represented in the racing scene and the "Lady in Black" lost its traditional Labor Day race, the Southern 500 is true since last year, the only remaining Darlington race again the legendary label, now found but the Mother's Day instead. The Texas Motor Speedway is thus represented in the Chase since 2005.
For the IndyCars the Texas Motor Speedway is synonymous with the super speedways of NASCAR. Flat-out it goes for the open wheel vehicles through the four turns, so often breathtaking slipstream duels are seen. 2011 divided the IndyCar officials the race in Texas trial basis in two sub-events on in which each half of the normal points were awarded. This concept has not been successful after complaints of drivers over the upturned boot sequence in the second race.
Celebrity in the Formula scene gained the Oval in 2001, when the "Firestone Firehawk 600" the former CART series had to be canceled due to high speeds: Paul Tracy reached in free practice on Saturday a record speed of 236,678 mph (380,896 km / h) at the Texas Motor Speedway in G-forces by a factor of 5 for about 3/4 of the round. After practice and qualifying reported 21 of the 25 participating drivers of dizziness when they had driven more than 10 rounds. Patrick Carpentier could not walk properly straight, for example, ten minutes after disembarking. The IndyCars as a G-Overload can not happen, however, because CART seinerseit turbo engines began, which were much higher speeds than possible with today's suction units. In Wikipedia there is to this, in connection canceled, race nor a complete, very interesting article .
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