Texas Race Gets Bigger
December 18, 2006 | 11:00 A.M. EST
Speedway and IndyCar Series officials announced 50 kilometers have been added to the Bombardier Learjet 500k beginning in 2007 and the race will now be known as the Bombardier Learjet 550k.
The June 9 race, originally scheduled as a 200-lap event, will be lengthened by 28 laps around the 1.5-mile tri-oval and adds more side-by-side racing that IndyCar Series events are known for at Texas Motor Speedway.
"We always want to give our fans more, and now they are getting 10 percent more with no additional increase in ticket prices," Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said. "I just hope the fans have the energy and can stand more of that action."
The Bombardier Learjet 550k is slated to begin at begin at 10 p.m. ET and will be telecast on ESPN2. It is one of five prime-time races on the 2007 IndyCar Series schedule.
"Fans dig nighttime races because the cars appear even faster, the temperatures are cooler and strange things seem to happen when the stars come out as darkness falls," Gossage said. "This start time will ensure that the entire event will be run under the lights. It should be magic."