Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fast Facts: Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway, located in Fort Worth, Texas, is home to all three of NASCAR’s top series as well as the IZOD IndyCar Series. The 1.5-mile oval opened in 1996 and seats in excess of 190,000 spectators. Here are a few more facts on the next track on the schedule for the IndyCars and Camping World Truck Series.
  • Texas Motor Speedway is banked 24 degrees in the turns and has a similar layout to its sister tracks, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Those three tracks, as well as Bristol Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway are owned by Speedway Motorsports Incorporated.
  • The track hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two Nationwide Series races, two Truck Series races and one IndyCar Series race. This year, there will also be a Global Rallycross event during the June IndyCar/Truck Series weekend.
  • Sprint Cup drivers Jeff Burton (1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) earned their first career wins at Texas. Carl Edwards has the most Cup Series wins at the track (three). Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. have the most IndyCar Series wins at Texas (three).
  • A number of driving schools are located at the track, including the NASCAR Racing Experience, the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, the Richard Petty Experience and the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure. Fans can also tour the facilities, including a luxury suite, victory lane and a lap on the track (subject to availability).
  • Get more information on upcoming races at Texas Motor Speedway at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/.


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