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Fri, 22 Nov 2002, 02:33 PM

River City Raceway Renamed San Antonio Raceway
Courtesy of IHRA Communications

NORWALK, Ohio -- The owners of River City Raceway have announced the metropolitan drag strip has been renamed San Antonio Raceway. San Antonio Raceway is a quarter-mile drag strip and motorsports facility located between San Antonio and Seguin, TX, off Interstate 10.

"San Antonio is a world-class city, stated president/owner Todd Zampese. "As we prepare to host our inaugural Hooters IHRA national event our goal is to establish San Antonio Raceway as part of the city and the region.

"Weíre excited to showcase IHRA in Clear Channelís home market. We do things big in the Lone Star State and the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals will be no exception. Weíre going to kick off the 2003 Hooters Drag Racing Series in major league fashion." At a press conference held in San Antonio, IHRA President Bill Bader and Zampese announced the former River City Raceway is undergoing a $1.5 million renovation in preparation for the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals, February 28-March 2, 2003. Improvements include an expanded and repaved pit area able to park 200 professional team rigs and new asphalt connecting roads, Recently, concrete guardrail has been installed the length of the track to provide maximum safety.

Spectator amenities include 7,000 new aluminum grandstand seats, concrete sidewalks to connect the seating area and expanded concession stands. Access from I-10 to the track has also been improved.

"The first Hooters Drag Racing Series event at San Antonio Raceway continues our commitment to present fans and our Texas racers with up to date facilities," said Bader. "The commitment to San Antonio Raceway, San Antonio and Southwest Texas by the Zampese family allows IHRA/Clear Channel Motorsports to bring world-class drag racing to San Antonio. The Zampeseís understand the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series is poised to grow to new levels of success. The key to success is cooperation between San Antonio Raceway and the region.

"Itís no secret IHRA wanted to place a national event in Texas," added Bader. "Not only is San Antonio Clear Channelís home , but a developing spectator market for us. A national event in San Antonio brings our racers together and strengthens our divisional tracks across the state. Texas ranks number two in IHRA membership and it ís important we have a national event presence. The Texas Nationals also provides the opportunity to grow our fan base in Houston, Austin and across South Texas."

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