posted April 17, 2001 03:09 PM
SPEEDWAY FORCED TO BAN UNLICENCED MOTORIZED VEHICLES IN CAMPGROUNDS
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 17, 2001) - For safety reasons, Texas Motor Speedway officials will not allow campers to bring ATVs, dirt bikes, golf carts and the like to the speedway beginning with the April 29 Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer.
"Because of abuse by some, we can no longer allow our campers to bring such vehicles onto the grounds," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "I have talked with dozens of our regular campers who have voiced their concerns over the growing vehicle problem. Ironically, many of those with concerns have golf carts or scooters themselves, but they see there is a real problem for those who don't act responsibly and they have supported this decision.
"Speedway officials are trying to reach all campers in advance of the April 29 CART FedEx Championship Series event to notify them of the policy. Campers that show up with ATVs, dirt bikes, golf carts and the like must allow speedway officials to impound the vehicle in a secure, fenced lot before entering the campgrounds.
Approximately 40,000 fans camped on the speedway property for the Harrah's 500 earlier this month. While fewer campers are expected for the Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer, speedway officials are implementing the policy immediately for safety and consistency reasons.
In addition to offering free tram service around the entire 1,500-acre facility, Texas Motor Speedway also provides free shuttles exclusively for the campgrounds. In addition, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries (TxARM) offers free shuttles to handicapped and elderly fans.
For more information on all camping at Texas Motor Speedway, please contact the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or go to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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Texas Motor Speedway
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