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Details Of Rescheduled TMS Race Announced

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, June 30 2016
Rain forced the interruption and postponement of the IndyCar Series on June 12. The race will pick up where it left off. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

Rain forced the interruption and postponement of the IndyCar Series on June 12. The race will pick up where it left off on Aug. 27. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway has formalized its “Restart Your Engines” schedule and ticket guidelines for completion of the rain-delayed Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series night race set for Saturday, Aug. 27.

bugindycarThe 20th edition of “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” initially was postponed on Saturday, June 11, and then suspended the following day due to rainy weather after completion of 71 of the 248 scheduled laps. Jay Frye, president of competition and operations INDYCAR, and TMS President Eddie Gossage opted to re-book the event for late August during an off-week in the schedule.

Gates at TMS will open to the public on Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. (CDT). On-track activities will start with a Verizon IndyCar Series practice from 4:30-5 p.m., followed by an autograph session featuring the entire driver field from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

NBC Sports Network’s live television broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. (CDT), along with coverage by the IMS Radio Network nationally and 95.9 The Ranch in the DFW market. The green flag will fly at approximately 8:15 p.m. (CDT).

As per the INDYCAR rulebook, the race will resume on Lap 72 with James Hinchcliffe and his No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the lead. Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda is second while Mikhail Aleshin in the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will restart third.

Gossage said the decision to slide into the schedule after the Aug. 21 oval-track race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and before the replacement Sept. 4 event on the famed Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road-course was the result of consultation with “all the right folks,” including many of the teams.

“Our loyal and dedicated fans went through a challenging race weekend in June due to the two days of inclement weather,” Gossage said, “and we wanted to show the speedway’s appreciation to them in a variety of ways for the completion of the Firestone 600 on August 27. We want them to come back and enjoy some incredible racing at 220 miles per hour as well as various discounts and perks to enhance the evening.

“For those who did not attend the Firestone 600 in June, this is a great bargain to see what Indy car racing is all about and see some of the fastest racing in the world.”

In addition to the autograph session on the main concourse prior to the race, Texas Motor Speedway will be offering fans attending the one-day event these additional perks:

_ All frontstretch seating, including premium sections, will be general admission and priced at $28. This is a 29 percent reduction from the least expensive initial Firestone 600 individual ticket and reflects the percentage of the race that already has been run at this stage. Children 12-and-under will receive a “Back To School” price of $10. Another offer features two tickets and a Racing Electronics race scanner rental with two ear buds for $49.

_ The purchase of any priced ticket(s) for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 6, will earn a free general admission ticket(s) to the rescheduled Firestone 600. The offer will conclude Aug. 27.

_ Levy Restaurants is offering $1 hot dogs and Coca-Cola beverages at select areas on the frontstretch concourse while supplies last.

_ The first 3,000 fans will receive a free vintage Indy car t-shirt compliments of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties (SMIP) at a designated area on the Gate 4 concourse. SMIP also will provide fans with free souvenir race programs from the original June event while supplies last.

_ All fans who purchased outside camping for the June 11 Firestone 600 will be upgraded to available prime camping spots in the infield at no charge. Camping opens Friday, Aug. 26, beginning at 3 p.m. (CDT) and closes Sunday, Aug. 28, which also includes Burnout Alley.

_The pits and garage will be open to all fans at the race’s conclusion.

Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s vice president, Competition, Race Control, announced last week that neither Josef Newgarden nor Conor Daly would be permitted to participate in the rescheduled Firestone 600. Newgarden’s No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet and Daly’s No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda sustained extensive chassis and engine damage in a crash on Lap 42.

Cars continuing in the race will be permitted to use the chassis and engine of their choice for the completion event. However, Firestone tire allotment and fuel quantity for the completion event have yet to be determined.

Pre-race aero setups from the June event will be mandatory for the completion event, though INDYCAR may make changes prior to the start based upon the weather forecast for race weekend. The schedule includes a mandatory systems check (an out/in-lap only); a 25-minute practice during which cars will be split into two groups, each group receiving 10 minutes of practice time with a five-minute break in-between.

An original ticket from the Firestone 600 on June 11 will still be valid for the Aug. 27 event, although specific seating assignments will be void due to the general admission seating policy. If any ticket has been discarded or misplaced, fans should contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit representatives on-site on race day at the ticket office or Gate 4 ticket booth.

Luxury suites, Victory Lane Club and The Speedway Club all will be open for the rescheduled Firestone 600. Gate 4 will be the only entrance point for those areas as well as for general admission ticket holders. Infield access will only be through the South Tunnel and proper credentials and parking will be required.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, June 30 2016
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