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November 1997 – Present (19 years 4 months)
May 1995 – Present (21 years 10 months)
“We want to make the Speedrome great again,” Byrd said.
Multiple improvements are under way: new rest rooms and concession stands, an improved and expanded pit area, an improved tech building, a video board for spectators and the return of the popular fireworks night.
Byrd addressed the renovation’s during the track’s recent awards banquet on the Southside as he rolled out Garrigus’ vision for the track. “It’s time for the facility and its image to begin a return to glory,” Byrd said. “We want the Speedrome to be great for another 75 years.”
They want to make the drivers more accessible by expanding the winner’s circle and inviting fans into the pits at most events. Late model racing will resume on the oval as well as the famed high-speed figure-8s.
“We understand the entertainment aspect of racing,” Byrd said. “We want to build the fan base. We have a great race track and our drivers and teams deserve to race in front of thousands of fans instead of hundreds. This is a new day for the Speedrome.”
The track opens April 1 with special events to include the inaugural 90-minute Figure-8 May 27 on the night before the Indianapolis 500; 37th annual Sonny Thompson Memorial Figure-8 July 22; 41st annual One-Hour Figure-8 Aug. 26; and 41st annual World Championship Figure-8 Sept. 9.