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Wed, 16 Mar 2011, 07:18 PM

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Completes Drag Strip Starting Line Improvements
Courtesy of Scott Smith


Officials at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis recently completed a facility improvement project on the starting line area of the world famous drag strip. Approximately 40 feet of concrete, from 13 feet in front of the starting line to 28 feet behind the starting line, was removed, new steel reinforcing structures were placed and new concrete poured during the project. The project was completed on March 7th.

A fine starting line texture on the concrete is being used to promote the adhesion of rubber and prevent bald spots. Also extreme care was taken to produce a super flat launch pad. The surface will be prepped in approximately three weeks for the coming season by the staff of Lucas Oil Raceway. The project was completed under the supervision of Kurt Johnson, director of operations of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with assistance from world renowned drag racing consultant, Wayne McMutry and done by E&B Paving of Indianapolis.

"This is another of our off season improvements taking place at the historic facility. This will be a benefit to all racers and fans ranging from our weekly bracket series and heads up events to those during the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil," said Johnson. "We are concentrating on providing our racers the best competition surface possible. Lucas Oil Raceway is in the midst of the drag racing center of the country and we want to show our commitment to the racers and fans."

The 2011 drag racing schedule will be highlighted by the 60th anniversary season of the NHRA during the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil over Labor Day weekend, weekly slick tire and street legal events, Summit Racing Equipment ET Series and the newly created Friday Night Rage which is a no holds barred heads up drag racing series once a month.

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