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Kansas Speedway to be repaved

Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:43 pm
Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Immediately following the 2012 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, the track will undergo a massive renovation project that includes repaving of the existing track surface, reconfiguration of the oval, and the addition of a new infield road course. 

“These are significant projects for Kansas Speedway and our fans,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Given the harsh weather conditions in the Midwest, a repave of our existing racing surface was a must.  Repaving a track is a huge undertaking so we decided it was the right time to make the other changes to our facility, which we believe will enhance our fans experience at Kansas Speedway.” 

ISC Design and Development, International Speedway Corporation’s in-house design and construction group, will oversee the repave and road course projects.  The group will utilize state of the art computer modeling to develop track geometry that features up to 20 degrees of variable banking in the turns; the current banking at Kansas Speedway is 15 degree uniform banking in the turns. To accomplish this reconfiguration, construction crews will remove the existing oval track asphalt pavement and re-grade the underlying soil to create the variable banking. In addition to the turns, the frontstretch, backstretch and pit road will all be reconstructed. 

Kansas Speedway’s new road course will feature a layout that winds through the infield. Portions of the infield will be graded and paved as part of the road course development.

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Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:36 am

Kansas Speedway to be repaved

The road course was one of the promises made to the state of Kansas and Wyandotte Co. in order to get the casino license.  It will be fun to see some road races there.

And I agree that they should make each set of turns a bit different.  I just wish the old surface would have held up better but the seams in the asphalt are becoming a problem.  We see that out here on the interstates sometimes as well.  The don't get enough pavement down where the two strips of asphalt meet and big seams develop.  Maybe the answer is a big old 1 1/2 mile concrete track.  Make it a big Dover.

Also, federal tax credits and or accelerated depreciation for repaving tracks is in play here as well so it makes sense they are doing this. 

BTW, adding a small circuit in the front like Charlotte would allow the track to host Legends cars, Bandoleros, and other series like that.  More events for the track.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:28 pm

Kansas Speedway to be repaved

GOOD! Maybe try something new like varied banking in different turns, like 20 deg in turn 1-2 and 15 deg in 3-4 etc.. Make it different PLEASE! We're begging for anything to break up the uber-boring cookie-cutter 1.5 mile tri-oval weekly disaster that has become the majority of the NASCAR season.

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