Sept. 17 Laps for Charity opens TMS to fans’ cars

Here is the press release:

FORT WORTH — Fans will get their opportunity once again to enjoy the thrill of driving their personal vehicle around Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile track at Speedway Children’s Charities’ “Laps for Charity” event set for Saturday from 5-10 p.m.

Texas Motor Speedway will open its gates and allow fans to take their car or motorcycle around the famed 1.5-mile track. Guests will receive three laps around the speedway paced by Texas Motor Speedway’s official Chevrolet SS pace car. After the completion of the laps, fans will commemorate the experience like the race winners at Texas Motor Speedway with a celebratory photo in Sunoco Victory Lane.

A three-lap experience and Victory Lane photo is $40 with advance purchase or $50 at the gate the day of the event. Additional three-lap experiences can be purchased for a discounted rate of $30.

Speedway Children’s Charities also will offer fans the opportunity to showcase their prized vehicle during the Show-n-Shine. Local musical group Sawman will perform and Levy Restaurants will provide concessions. Fans attending Laps for Charity must enter the track through the South Tunnel.

All proceeds from Laps for Charity benefit Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter, which has distributed more than $10 million in funding to nonprofit organizations in North Texas supporting children in need since its inception in 1997.

Visit or call the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter office at (817) 215-8421 to purchase your Laps for Charity passes.

Hard crash on Lap 42

Conor Daly got loose coming out of Turn 4 and crashed into Josef Newgarden. Newgarden’s car went upside down upon impact with the outer wall, slid down the track helmet-first and eventually was driven back into the wall by Daly’s car just before the start/finish line.

Newgarden stepped from his car with help from the safety crew, then collapsed back to the ground after standing for a few moments. He was carried to an ambulance and gestured to the crowd.

Late night

They are definitely making progress, but the track isn’t ready yet. NASCAR’s Air Titan II system likely would have had this surface ready to race a lot quicker than the jet dryers we’re seeing tonight.

Air Titan uses a blade of air to squeegee the water off the track, and it’s proven to be pretty effective.

We’ll see where we stand after the dryers complete their current pass over the frontstretch.