Changes in store for 2007


Fans at Kansas Speedway will notice lots of changes this year, both on and off the track.

The two biggest changes for Kansas Speedway fans is the new April date for the IndyCar Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the change to allow fans to bring coolers with their favorite food and beverages into the grandstands.

In April, fans will notice a few drivers changed teams in the IndyCar Series, the most noticeable being Danica Patrick moving to Andretti Green Racing. Scott Sharp replaced Patrick at Rahal Letterman.

Changes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series include 2006 Kansas Craftsman Truck Series winner Terry Cook moving to the No. 59 Toyota, Brendan Gaughan changing from long-time manufacturer Dodge to Chevrolet, Dennis Setzer has moved from the No. 85 truck to the No. 75 and Mark Martin will return to the series.

The September NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend will prove to have even more changes than April.

Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya will pilot the No. 42 Dodge for Chip Ganassi. Another open wheeler joining the NASCAR ranks is AJ Allmendinger, who will be behind the wheel of a Toyota entry. Brian Vickers has left Hendrick Motorsports to become Allmendinger's teammate while Casey Mears replaces Vickers in the No. 25 car. Michael Waltrip and Dale Jarrett headline the Toyota entries for Michael Waltrip Racing with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran David Reutimann driving a third entry for the team.

For the first time since 1988, Mark Martin won't be behind the wheel of a Jack Roush NEXTEL Cup entry as he moves to Ginn Racing (formerly MB2). Martin will compete part-time in NEXTEL Cup action in 2007 (sharing driving duties with Regan Smith), while also driving in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series. David Ragan will replace Martin in the No. 6 Ford.

Another veteran who is scaling back his NEXTEL Cup schedule is Ken Schrader, who will split time with Jon Wood in the No. 21 Ford.

ESPN/ABC is returning to handle the second-half of the NASCAR season. FOX will continue to air the first half. The NASCAR Busch Series will have a new home on ESPN/ABC for the entire season.

Sirius Satellite Radio is the new satellite radio home for all the NASCAR action.

Fans can expect more changes both on and off the track in the coming months.

To see all of these changes live, order your Kansas Speedway season tickets today by calling 866.460.RACE or logging onto Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans are able to bring 6x6x12-inch soft-sided coolers into the grandstands.

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