It’s not just race fans who are looking forward to Kansas Speedway’s first GRAND-AM Road Racing events. The drivers are too!
Last October, several drivers tested their cars at Kansas Speedway and the layout of the track is definitely something they all remember.
"I did a test there with Joao (Barbosa) in the fall,” said Burt Friselle, Action Express Corvette DP. “The layout looks super simple but it is not that easy because you have to balance between the really high speed oval and super slow hairpins in the infield. I think it will make for an action packed race but possibly a lot of yellow. The track is far trickier than it looks.”
Ozz Negri, Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley, spent some time atop the speed charts during the Kansas Speedway test and he agrees with Friselle.
"Kansas is the fastest 'roval' (road course incorporating an oval) I've ever driven,” said Negri. “It is very smooth, with lots of grip. The oval section really calls for attention, big time. You really have to drive the car there. It is not the easiest place to pass so traffic will play a very big role in the race and keep things interesting. Braking for turn one is also very tricky-you are transitioning from a very high speed from the oval to the infield, so it can be tricky."
Tickets are on sale now for the GRAND-AM weekend by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets for Aug. 17 are $60 and fans can also purchase paddock (garage) access for $15. Aug. 16 is free general admission access and fans can purchase a paddock (garage) pass for $15.
Tickets for Kansas Speedway’s October races are on sale now, too, by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. The Hollywood Casino 400 (the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) is Oct. 6 and tickets start at $64. The Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is Oct. 5 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race is Oct. 4.
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