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 referred to as its sister track. All three ovals have a banking of 24 ° and the characteristic triple-slope start / finish line, but Texas is about 35 years younger than his sisters. Other features of the speedways are firstly the particularly high prize money: Since the pot is full, get, of course, the Start - & - Park-entries a bigger piece of the pie than usual, which makes participation very attractive. The races in Texas offer the winner a half million dollars and is the third largest prize money after the Daytona 500 ($ 1.5m) and the All-Star Race ($ 1 million), ahead of classics like Indy or Coca Cola 600, they have to offer just less than half a million dollars. Second, the spectator capacity of 191,122 places after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (at least 257,325.) Is the second largest in NASCAR, ahead of the two super speedways (Talladega: 175,000, Daytona: 167785) and the Lowe's Motor Speedway (167,000).
Since 1997, the Cup comes 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 of Rockingham and Darlington awarded one of the most controversial calendar adjustments NASCAR history. Rockingham was then no longer represented in the racing and the "Lady in Black" lost their traditional Labor Day Race, the Southern 500. Although since last year, the only remaining Darlington race again the legendary name, but is now on Mother's place. The Texas Motor Speedway is thus represented in the Chase since 2005.
For the IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway is synonymous with the Super Speedway NASCAR. Flat-out it goes for the open wheel vehicles through the four turns, so often breathtaking slipstream fights can be seen. 2011 divided the IndyCar officials the race in Texas as a test in two sub-events on where each half of the normal points were awarded. This approach has not been successful after complaints from drivers about the inverted starting order in the second race.
Celebrity in the formula scene became 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 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, for ten minutes after disembarking. In the IndyCar 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. On Wikipedia, it is this, after canceled, race nor a complete, very interesting article .
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