Most people have a general idea of what motor racing is but maybe not the exact details. Motor racing is a combination of racing cars and loud, fast vehicles. While most people think of NASCAR when it comes to motor racing, there are actually hundreds of different race series around the world and in the U.S. alone. In fact, there are so many different races that it would take a while to even begin to cover them all. But that’s probably why you’re here right now, isn’t it? To learn more about motor racing. So let’s dive into the matter.
The History Of Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway began as an idea that came from a group of motor racing enthusiasts in the mid-1960s. The idea was to build a motor racing track in Texas that was not only the biggest and best in the world but also that offered a nice, relaxing atmosphere. So in 1969, the track came to be and it is still going strong today. As it turns out, the idea of a “summer camp” for motor racers was a pretty good one because today, Texas Motor Speedway is one of the biggest and best motorsport venues in the world. It is also one of the most popular tracks, attracting over 500,000 visitors per year. Additionally, the track is currently hosting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It should come as no surprise then that if you are reading this, you are probably already considering a trip to Texas Motor Speedway to see a race there. But before you do, you should probably learn a little bit about the track. Here’s a short history of Texas Motor Speedway.
How Do I Get To Texas Motor Speedway?
If you are driving, there are numerous options available to get you to Texas Motor Speedway. You can take the I-35 north to I-45 south, which will get you there in about an hour. Or, you can take the I-10 west to I-45 east, which will take about two and a half hours. But, if you are not driving, there are also plenty of flights available from anywhere in the country. You can reach the airport in Dallas by taking the 95 North to the 20 East. That will take you directly to the airport. From the airport, it’s only a 30-minute drive to the track. So, no matter where you are in the country, there is an easy way to get to Texas Motor Speedway. But, if you want to learn more, check out the online directories for airfare and travel packages that include hotel rooms and parking passes. That way, you can find the best deal possible for your needs.
Where Is Texas Motor Speedway?
Texas Motor Speedway is located in the town of Speedway in Hunt County. If you need a quick geography lesson, that’s in central Texas. The track itself is actually on a horserace track known as “First Hill” and the main stadium is called “The Flatotree”. But, for the purposes of this article, let’s just say that you’ve never been there. It’s a good thing too because, if you’ve never been there, then you don’t know what kind of infrastructure it has. But, even if you have been there, it’s not hard to find. Just head towards the airport in Dallas and you will find yourself on I-45 North. Then, exit onto I-35 South and you’ll be there in no time. The main entrance is on the left-hand side of the highway. Just look for the big Texas sign there and you’ll see the track straight ahead.
What Is The Layout Of Texas Motor Speedway?
Texas Motor Speedway is actually two distinct tracks called “The Flatotree” and “The Pond”. The main grandstand for the track is called “The Pavilion”, which is attached to the main stadium. The other end of the main grandstand is on the opposite side of the track from the pavilion. That’s where you’ll find the “Monster Boxes”, which are glorified snack boxes that fans can purchase for $20,000. Each box contains a catered meal and a drink, all served by a racing driver. These boxes are a lot of fun because the drivers are usually quite friendly, which means you get to have a chat with the drivers after the race. Between the two tracks, there is a separate infield where practice sessions take place. The backstretch of the track is another important area where the cars and motors are tested before the big race. Some might even say it’s the most important area because a lot can go wrong there during a race. There’s just so much to do at Texas Motor Speedway and the location really does feel like a “pit stop” for drivers around the country. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the layout of the Flatotree track but, if you want to read more, check out the layout of the whole park, which you can find on their website. The primary grandstands are on the left and right sides of the track, while a smaller, covered grandstand is directly in front of the them. The finishing line is in the middle of the track and there are also several spots along the backstretch, which are suitable for photographers.
What Is The Climate Like At Texas Motor Speedway?
Texas Motor Speedway is in central Texas, which is hot and humid most of the year. The climate can be harsh but, for the most part, it’s a fairly comfortable temperature. But, even in the winter, the nights are usually pleasant, which means you can enjoy a nocturnal stroll or a barbecue at a sporting event. Most people are not really used to the heat though, so it can be a bit of a shock for them when the temperature reaches over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Even then, it probably won’t occur to them that the temperature could get this high, because it is so seldom that it happens. The air feels thick and almost moist. You’ll know what we mean when you visit the track. But, having said that, while the climate is extreme, it can also be beautiful. On a clear day, you can see for miles and miles. Most people who live in Texas are aware of how stunning it is there. But, for those who don’t live there, it’s still a mystery. One of the most photographed locations in the town is the massive “Hill Country” that looms over the northern part of the campus. There is also the “Menninger Bridge”, which connects downtown to the northern suburbs, named after the man who funded the project, William Menninger. If you want to take a walk, head to the northern edge of the campus but be careful not to go too far, or you’ll be in for a heat stroke. The area is quite beautiful but there are also dangerous creatures known as “snakes” that call it home. You might walk in the wrong place at the wrong time and end up frightening a snake into striking you. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen very often. But it’s still best to be careful. The snakes are known to be skittish animals and will probably hiss at you if you get close. Even the birds there are strange and can give you a nasty bite if you end up annoying them. But that’s a whole other story. Overall, the climate at Texas Motor Speedway is pretty harsh, which probably suits the track just fine. It doesn’t get too cold and it doesn’t get too hot, so the track remains in good condition all year long. Sometimes, there are even showers and storms at night, which makes the temperature rise even more. On those nights, the drivers can practice a little harder, knowing that they will eventually have to warm up their engines before a race. On a positive note, the air quality is usually very good, due to the forest fires that are usually contained in the state. In fact, the entire region benefits from the smoke, which makes it a great place to catch some zen. The combination of high speeds and thick forests makes for an incredible atmosphere at the track. If you want to catch some serious shade, find a spot between the giant oak trees and watch the cars go zoom by, or better yet, join the clubhouses for a cold beer, a fried chicken dinner and some conversation with the drivers.